Upcoming Opportunities 

There are quite a few upcoming opportunities happening over the next couple of months and the MSGC team wants to make sure that you are updated on the latest challenges, programs, internships, contests etc. 

Let the MSGC team know if you plan on participating by sending an email to mispacegrant@umich.edu.

Tune in tomorrow, November 20th at 11am for the Midwest Region “Space Grant Short Talks”. Hear from other space grant’s in the Midwest as well as MSGC Director, Professor Mark Moldwin as he gives a talk about our NASA-Navy STEM Education Partnership. https://umn.zoom.us/j/7261550823

MSGC is pleased to announce a call for artists in Michigan to submit a piece to be used for promotional material of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 15 event happening on July 30, 2021. I’ve attached a flyer for you with more information.

Naval Horizons STEM Challenge


Watch the video series, select one topic and share your ideas on the current state of the art and a futurist vision of the Navy and/or Marine Corps in the year 2040. You will also have the option to submit a statement of interest that we will use to connect you with one of our many Department of Navy scientists and engineers to learn more. Each submission will be reviewed to ensure that the responses provided are technically sufficient. Submissions will be evaluated on a rolling basis and the first 3,000 submissions to meet the evaluation criteria will be awarded a stipend.


NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge

Proposals Due December 14th, 2020


The 2021 Lunar Dust Challenge is now open for applications. Notice of Intent Due 9.25.2020. Q&A Session 10.14.2020.


NASA’s Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) Summer Internship

Applications Due January 4th, 2021


The primary goal of the SLSTP is to train the next generation of scientists and engineers, enabling NASA to meet future research and development challenges in the space life sciences. The SLSTP provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research and discover exciting careers in Space Biology at NASA’s Ames Research Center located in Silicon Valley, California. Due to the pandemic, the 2020 internship was held virtually, and the 2021 program will be held remotely as well. Interns are paired with a mentor for individual research projects in areas such as molecular, cell, organismal or synthetic biology, bioinformatics or bioengineering.  In addition, the cohort of interns designs and executes a group project.  The 10-week program begins on June 7, 2021 and ends August 13, 2021. 


NASA’s RASC-AL Competition

Proposals due March 4, 2021


The 2021 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition is seeking proposals for new concepts that leverage innovation to improve our ability to operate in space and on distant bodies as we extend humanity’s presence further into the solar system. Notice of intent is due October 15, 2020.


NASA’s Break the Ice Lunar Challenge

Registration due June 18, 2021


Break the Ice Lunar Challenge will offer Teams up to $500,000 in prize purses in Phase 1. The Challenge will have two phases, the initiation of Phase 2 is contingent on the emergence of promising submissions in Phase 1 that demonstrate a viable approach to achieving the Challenge goals. Phase 1 of the Break the Ice Lunar Challenge is focused on incentivizing new ideas and approaches to a system architecture for excavation and movement of icy regolith and water on the lunar surface. For Phase 1, the Challenge describes a hypothetical Mission Scenario and asks Teams to design a system architecture addressing necessary hardware, concept of operations, lunar environmental conditions, and specific performance analyses, as well as supporting materials that address credibility and feasibility of the system architecture.

Family Cloud Challenge


The Family Cloud Challenge is a list of activities and videos you can do, watch, and interact with as a family to see how many you can complete! Use the NASA GLOBE Clouds Choice Chart to keep track of activities and see who can shade the most clouds!


Send a Postcard to Space!


Club for Future is giving K-12 students the opportunity to send a postcard that will fly in space and then be returned to them!


The Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest

Entries are due December 17, 2020


Challenging K-12 students to imagine what it would be like to lead a one-week expedition at the Moon’s South Pole. What skills, attributes and/or personality traits would an astronaut need for a successful mission 250,000 miles from Earth? What technology would be good to leave on the lunar surface to help future astronauts explore the Moon?


Plant the Moon Challenge

Registration closes January 15, 2021


Design and conduct a set of plant growth experiments using lunar soil simulant from the

University of Central Florida’s Exolith Lab. Report your experimental parameters and results to

help NASA scientists understand how to use lunar soil to provide nutritious crops for future

Moon missions! All participants with completed projects will be invited to showcase their projectsat a virtual symposium with NASA scientists, program executives, and other dignitaries.

Participants will receive a Plant the Moon Project Kit.