Updates

 

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.

Save the Date: July 30, 2021 for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Apollo 15!
https://myumi.ch/4p9B7
Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), Michigan Space Institute and Space Physics Research Laboratory (SPRL) are organizing a 50th Anniversary celebration of the Apollo 15th moon landing on July 30, 2021. Apollo 15 was an “All Michigan Crew” as all three astronauts attended the University of Michigan.

Lucy Soundscape

https://myumi.ch/2DGg9  

Are you a musician — composer, performer, music educator or student — inspired by exploration and discovery? Share your inspiration in your unique voice, and join with others to create the Lucy Soundscape, a public collection of original music inspired by NASA’s Lucy mission launching in 2021.

 

Call for Proposals: NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Leadership Initiative

Proposals due June 22, 2021

https://myumi.ch/VPZXW

The University Leadership Initiative provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise leadership in proposing technical challenges, defining multidisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms and applying innovative strategies to strengthen research impact. Multiple awards are anticipated with nominal annual budgets in the $1 million to $2 million range per award. Awards will have a maximum duration of five years.

 

Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon

Global Event: June 23-29, 2021

https://myumi.ch/NxDX8

Calling all coders, scientists, designers, entrepreneurs, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, technologists and space enthusiasts. Join NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) for the virtual, global Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon on June 23-29. Share your ideas for how data from the Earth Observing Dashboard can help us understand the economic and environmental impacts of COVID-19 on our planet. 

 

NASA Aeronautics University Student Research Challenge

Proposals due June 24, 2021

https://myumi.ch/oveXd

NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate seeks proposals for new aeronautics ideas/concepts relevant to NASA aeronautics. Selected teams will receive grants for their projects, and will also be responsible for raising a modest amount of cost-share funds through a crowdfunding platform. The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teaching accelerator, requiring students to develop entrepreneurial skills.

 

Fall 2021 NASA Internships

Applications Due: July 9, 2021

https://myumi.ch/BoAM7

NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. During the internship participants engage in scientific or engineering research, development, and operations activities. In addition, there are non-technical internship opportunities to engage in professional activities which support NASA business and administrative processes. Through these internships, participants leverage NASA’s unique mission activities and mentorship to enhance and increase their professional capabilities and clarify their long-term career goals.

 

2021 CineSpace Short Film Competition

Entry Deadline: July 14, 2021

https://myumi.ch/R5VXm

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using NASA imagery. The CineSpace competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation and others, up to 10 minutes long.

 

NASA Psyche Inspired Internship

Applications Due: July 30, 2021

https://myumi.ch/0WMAk

NASA’s Psyche mission invites full-time, enrolled undergraduate students majoring in any subject at universities and community colleges in the U.S. and its territories to apply to become part of this year’s cohort of Psyche Inspired interns. Psyche Inspired brings students together to share the excitement, innovation and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works.

 

Deep Space Food Challenge

Submissions Due July 30, 2021

https://myumi.ch/zxX00

In coordination with the Canadian Space Agency, NASA has opened the Deep Space Food Challenge. The goal is to generate novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste, while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food for long-duration human exploration missions.

Astronauts need hearty nutrients to maintain a healthy diet in space, but like any of us, they want their food to taste good, too! As NASA develops concepts for longer crewed missions to Mars and beyond, the agency will need innovative and sustainable food systems that check all the boxes.  Additionally, advanced food systems will have benefits here on Earth, too. Solutions from this challenge could enable new avenues for food production around the world, especially in extreme environments, resource-scarce regions, and in new places like urban areas and in locations where disasters disrupt critical infrastructure.

 

Call for Proposals: NASA Fellowships 2021

Audience: Graduate Students

Proposals Due: June 30

https://myumi.ch/K42qq

NASA is seeking student-authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals for competitive funding opportunities. These opportunities provide academic institutions annual awards of up to $55,000 to enhance graduate-level learning and development. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or nationals who are enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program in a NASA-relevant field.

 

Registration for ISSRDC 2021 is now open!

Conference: August 3-5, 2021

https://myumi.ch/lxrop

The 10th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) is open for registration! ISSRDC 2021, which will take place virtually August 3-5, is hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory; NASA; and the American Astronautical Society. The event is free to attend; however, registration is required.

 

NASA TechLeap Prize

Q&A Webinar: June 30, 2021

Registration Deadline: July 28, 2021

Submission Deadline: August 11, 2021

https://myumi.ch/ov3wm

NASA’s Flight Opportunities program launched a new technology challenge aimed at providing development funding and access to suborbital flight testing for promising space technologies that meet a specific agency need. The first topic for the NASA TechLeap Prize, developed in collaboration with NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program, is focused on discovering compact observation technologies for small spacecraft that can be tested on suborbital flights. The Autonomous Observation Challenge No. 1 aims to identify integrated, compact precision pointing systems that could be used to autonomously detect, track, and collect data on transient events – both on Earth and beyond. These capabilities might also be leveraged for autonomous ad hoc optical communications networks, aiding lunar exploration in detecting, tracking, and establishing line-of-sight communications with any lander, rover, or object on the Moon.

 

Institute of Education Sciences: Digital Learning Challenge

Audience: Teams of innovators, including high school students, university groups, community-based organizations, families, and individuals

Stage 1 Team Proposals Due: Oct. 22, 2021

https://myumi.ch/nbEDr

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences is sponsoring a $1M digital learning challenge with XPRIZE. The challenge will enable experiments that will transform understanding of successful educational processes and result in better experiences and outcomes for learners. The winning team will build infrastructure to conduct rapid, reproducible experiments and demonstrate the resilience and rigor of this infrastructure in a formal learning context.


Help NASA Name the Artemis ‘Moonikin’

Final name announced June 29, 2021

https://myumi.ch/Axjy5

As NASA prepares for the Artemis I mission around the Moon that will pave the way to send the first woman and the first person of color to the lunar surface, we have an important task for you. Help us name the suited manikin, or Moonikin in this case, that will fly aboard Orion to help gather data before crewed missions. Eight names are eligible, but only one will win.

 

Lift Off to the ISS with Noggin

https://myumi.ch/r83N2

Make straw rockets, create a night sky work of art and exercise like an astronaut. Watch children ask astronauts on the International Space Station about living and working in space. And then, have fun doing out-of-this-world activities from this booklet from Noggin.

 

New From NASA Space Place: Video Comprehension Questions

https://myumi.ch/2Dn1X

Teachers, parents and caregivers, are you looking for ways to engage your students this summer? NASA Space Place did the work for you! All of our educational YouTube videos now have comprehension questions to check understanding. The questions with answer keys can be found in the description of our videos.

 

Higher Orbits: Go for Launch! Alpena

June 22-24, 2021

https://myumi.ch/dOYon

Open to students grades 8 -12, Go for Launch! Alpena will be held June 22-24, 2021, at Alpena Community College, the host partner for this event. Student researchers can be enrolled in any school in the state, including home school, but mush be available for all three days of the event. Interested students can register online. Michigan Students will compete for research opportunity on the ISS with Higher Orbits and the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association.

 

Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon

Global Event: June 23-29, 2021

https://myumi.ch/NxDX8

Calling all coders, scientists, designers, entrepreneurs, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, technologists and space enthusiasts. Join NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) for the virtual, global Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon on June 23-29. Share your ideas for how data from the Earth Observing Dashboard can help us understand the economic and environmental impacts of COVID-19 on our planet. 

 

Institute of Education Sciences: Digital Learning Challenge

Audience: Teams of innovators, including high school students, university groups, community-based organizations, families, and individuals

Stage 1 Team Proposals Due: Oct. 22, 2021

https://myumi.ch/nbEDr

The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences is sponsoring a $1M digital learning challenge with XPRIZE. The challenge will enable experiments that will transform understanding of successful educational processes and result in better experiences and outcomes for learners. The winning team will build infrastructure to conduct rapid, reproducible experiments and demonstrate the resilience and rigor of this infrastructure in a formal learning context.

Educator Guide: ‘Landing Humans on the Moon’

https://myumi.ch/Xek1p

Bring the excitement of future lunar expeditions to your middle school classroom. 

“Landing Humans on the Moon” features four standards-aligned activities to help students learn about the Moon and create a model of a human landing system for lunar expeditions. Visit the site to download the guide and watch video demonstrations of the activities.

 

Lucy Soundscape

https://myumi.ch/2DGg9  

Are you a musician — composer, performer, music educator or student — inspired by exploration and discovery? Share your inspiration in your unique voice, and join with others to create the Lucy Soundscape, a public collection of original music inspired by NASA’s Lucy mission launching in 2021.

 

2021 CineSpace Short Film Competition

Entry Deadline: July 14, 2021

https://myumi.ch/R5VXm

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using NASA imagery. The CineSpace competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation and others, up to 10 minutes long.

 

Registration for ISSRDC 2021 is now open!

Conference: August 3-5, 2021

https://myumi.ch/lxrop

The 10th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) is open for registration! ISSRDC 2021, which will take place virtually August 3-5, is hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory; NASA; and the American Astronautical Society. The event is free to attend; however, registration is required.

 

Call for Reviewers for Informal STEM Education Proposals

https://myumi.ch/O4AVG

The NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) management team is recruiting qualified peer reviewers external to NASA to review NASA TEAM II proposals. Please submit your qualifications, interest and availability, or nominate qualified colleagues. Although NASA cannot guarantee an invitation to review will result, we thank you for your consideration and/or referrals. Selected reviewers will be expected to disclose all conflicts of interest, including situations that may give the appearance of bias.