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.

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.

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.


Cube Quest Challenge


NASA invites additional college/university teams to compete in the Cube Quest Challenge, a competition to design, build and deliver small satellites capable of advanced operations near and beyond the Moon. Sponsored by NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, college/university and private developer teams are eligible to win part of a $4.5 million prize purse. All Cube Quest Challenge competitors, both new and current, will compete in one of two arenas: The Lunar Derby where CubeSats are to maintain a verifiable lunar orbit and the Deep Space Derby where CubeSats reach approximately 1.8 million miles from Earth.


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

Applications Due January 4, 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. 


U.S. Department of Energy: Early Career Research Experience with Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovators

Appy by Jan. 8, 2021, at 5 p.m. EST


The U.S. Department of Energy’s Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program supports early career innovators with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to address fundamental hard technology manufacturing challenges in Alaska. The appointment is for two years. During the first year, you will spend the first three to four months at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the balance of your time at a DOE National Laboratory. The second year is dependent on funding availability and your ability to meet program expectations. Participants will receive stipends and allowances. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who have completed requirements for or received a master’s or doctorate in a STEM field.


RockOn 2021

Registration Closes January 31, 2021


Even though RockOn was originally designed to be an in-person workshop, Chris Koehler (Colorado Space Grant) is confident, with help of his team, that he can convert it into a meaningful and engaging virtual hands-on experience for all who wish to participate. It will be a mix of live and recorded content, but the majority of the hands-on work will be self-paced. Each kit will include all the necessary equipment to complete the build remotely. NOTE: there is a chance that those experiments that do not fly on the rocket will have a chance to fly to the edge of space on a NASA high altitude balloon as part of the 2021 HASP flight in September 2021.


Lunar Lava Tube Exploration Undergraduate Challenge

Apply by February 1, 2021 11:59pm Pacific Time


Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium is excited to offer one of NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges — the Lunar Lava Tube Exploration Challenge. They invite teams of students from two-year and four-colleges to participate. The Lunar Lava Tube Exploration challenges teams to explore a lunar lava tube with an eye toward its potential for human habitation. How would YOU go about exploring lava tubes in order to turn them into crew habitats? Want a chance to give it a try?


Call for Proposals: Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology

Proposal Deadline: February 4, 2021


NASA’s Science Mission Directorate seeks proposals from accredited U.S. universities for research grants to begin in the 2021-22 academic year. Each proposal must identify a master’s or doctoral degree student participant in eligible Earth and space sciences as the future investigator. Projects may propose up to a three-year period of performance. Visit the website for details and proposal requirements.


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!


NASA’s Langley Research Center 2021 Student Art Contest

Entries due December 31, 2020


Calling all artists in grades K-12. NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, invites you to take part in its 2021 Student Art Contest. This year’s theme is “Virtually Everywhere” and encourages you, the Artemis Generation, to illustrate ways NASA’s science, aeronautics and space exploration can be found virtually everywhere. Artwork entries may consist of drawings, paintings, mixed media and digital creations. Prizes will be awarded to the top entries in each grade level. Plus, a grand prize winner will be chosen from all entries.


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 projects at a virtual symposium with NASA scientists, program executives, and other dignitaries. Participants will receive a Plant the Moon Project Kit.


2020-21 Scientist for a Day Essay Contest

Entries due February 12, 2021


For students in grades 5-12. The Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying three moons of Uranus: Ariel, Oberon and Titania. Participants will examine and research the three moons, and then write an essay about the moon where they think NASA should return. In less than 300 words, participants must explain why they think the moon they choose would provide the best scientific results. Contest winners and their classmates will talk with NASA scientists.


2021 NASA SEES Internship

Applications Due February 22, 2021


NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Sciences (SEES) Internships are open to current High School Sophomores and Juniors. The SEES project allows students to work remotely prior to their onsite internships in Austin, Texas, July 17 – July 31, 2021 or research with NASA subject matter experts in their chosen areas of work. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided.


Lucy in Space Contest

Due March 16, 2021


Attention U.S. Middle and High School Students, Educators, Parents and Caregivers! The Lucy in Space contest challenges students to bridge the human drive for discovery and exploration of our Earth origins to solar system exploration. Set to launch in 2021, the Lucy mission will make history as the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids, a population of small bodies orbiting the Sun near Jupiter. Middle and high school students in the U.S. can submit creative artwork, videos and essays to explore the connection of ideas and methods of science across an array of fields of study — biology, Earth science, astrobiology, space exploration and planetary science.