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.

MSGC is now accepting applications for our 2022-2023 awards until November 10, 2021. Let the MSGC Team know if you have any questions and (if applicable) make sure to reach out to your Campus Representative before you apply.

Save the Date West Michiganders!
LUMINOUS Pre-Release Screening
Saturday, October 23 | 7:30pm | Calvin’s Fine Arts Auditorium (the CFAC)
1795 Knollcrest Circle Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
No registration or admission fee; masks required. 

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.

 

First Nations Launch
Notice of Intent Due October 22, 2021
https://myumi.ch/0WQkl
NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium’s First Nations Launch (FNL) National High-Power Rocket Competition is a NASA Artemis Student Challenge that provides an opportunity for students attending a Tribal College or University, a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI), or who are members of an active American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) collegiate chapter to design, build, and fly a high-powered rocket to be launched at a competition at the Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, WI.

 

NASA’s Gateways to Blue Skies: Airports of Tomorrow Challenge
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 25
Submission Deadline: March 3, 2022
https://myumi.ch/88ykG
NASA seeks design ideas for the evolving airports of 2050 (focusing on the exterior of the airports) as we push toward climate-friendly aviation and new emerging aviation markets for the future. Teams of two to six students must submit a design study that includes a five- to seven-page research paper, a two-minute video and an infographic that summarizes the team’s design. Finalist teams will receive a $6,000 award to participate in the 2022 Blue Skies Forum at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

 

Micro-g NExT
Proposals Due Oct 28, 2021
https://myumi.ch/PlbV4
Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) challenges undergraduate students to design, build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge. The overall experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations, and public outreach. Test operations are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). Teams will propose design and prototyping of a tool or simulant identified by NASA engineers as necessary in space exploration missions. Professional NBL divers will test the tools and students will direct the divers from the Test Conductor Room of the NBL facility. Micro-g NExT provides a unique opportunity to contribute to NASA’s missions. The 2021 Micro-g NExT challenges focus on aspects of the Artemis mission.

 

NASA SUITS 2022
Proposals Due: October 28, 2021
https://myumi.ch/xmqKm
NASA SUITS (Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students) challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality (AR) environments. As NASA pursues Artemis – landing American astronauts on the Moon, the agency will accelerate investing in surface architecture and technology development. For exploration, it is essential that crewmembers on spacewalks are equipped with the appropriate human-autonomy enabling technologies necessary for the elevated demands of lunar surface exploration and extreme terrestrial access. The SUITS 2022 Challenges target key aspects of the Artemis mission.

 

Rubicon’s Project Clear Constellation
Priority Deadline: Oct 31
Accepting Teams through: Dec 31
https://myumi.ch/GkXjZ
A new program devised to confront the growing problem of space waste. Left unaddressed, this issue will compound itself with each passing day, posing a grave threat to future space exploration and to the very lives of the brave men and women who serve on these missions. The centerpiece of the program is the Clear Constellation competition, in which colleges and universities across the United States are invited to submit design concepts for solutions to help clean up space debris. Our panel of experts will judge submissions, and the winning entry will be awarded a cash prize of $100,000!

 

 

Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences Research in Space 2023-2032
Topical Whitepaper Deadline: Oct. 31
Research Campaign Whitepaper Deadline: Dec. 23
https://myumi.ch/r8ze7
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is seeking white papers for a decadal survey to formulate a community consensus about the most compelling science questions for the decade ahead. This community-driven process provides a rare opportunity for scientists and engineers to share their insights and help shape the scientific endeavors of the next decade.

 

NASA Aeronautics University Student Research Challenge
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 11
https://myumi.ch/lxG5D
Teams are invited to submit ideas/concepts relevant to work being done by NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate. Selected teams will receive grants for their projects and 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.

 

CubeSat Launch Initiative Partnership Opportunity
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 19
https://myumi.ch/qgo10
NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be launched between 2023 and 2026. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience.

 

Over the Dusty Moon Student Design Challenge
Submissions Due Nov. 29, 2021
https://myumi.ch/BoGGj
The Over the Dusty Moon Challenge will address a topic of increasing practical concern as humans move toward a sustainable presence on the Moon’s surface. The challenge will task student teams to design, build and demonstrate a system that can convey lunar regolith (or soil) both horizontally and vertically. Regolith conveyance is a key technology to enable the use of lunar soil for resource processing, construction, and manufacturing on the Moon.

 

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge
Deadline for Submissions: Dec. 18, 2021
https://myumi.ch/VPzkR
Stars, galaxies, nebulae – oh my! What will NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reveal when it peers back through 13.5 billion years of time? Create, using any form of art, what you think the Webb Telescope will discover for a chance to be featured on NASA’s historic launch broadcast. Join the #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge today.

 

2022 BIG Idea Challenge: Extreme Terrain Access for Mobility Platforms
Entry Deadline: Jan. 18, 2022
https://myumi.ch/yKy0R
Teams of five to 25 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities are invited to submit proposals for a variety of alternative rover locomotion modalities to either enhance or replace traditional wheeled mobility systems that expand access to extreme terrain on the Moon. Selected teams will receive awards up to $180K to bring their ideas to life.

 

Translational Research Institute for Space Health Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Proposal Deadline: Jan. 20, 2022
https://myumi.ch/r8Wr9
TRISH (Translational Research Institute for Space Health) at Baylor College of Medicine is soliciting proposals from postdoctoral researchers to help solve the health challenges of human deep space exploration. TRISH’s postdoctoral fellowship program supports early career scientists pursuing innovative, breakthrough research with the potential to reduce health risks associated with spaceflight and improve astronaut performance. Applicants must submit research proposals with an identified mentor and institution. Potential mentors seeking a postdoctoral fellow may notify TRISH via email. TRISH will post the list of perspective mentors to help trainees match with a lab.

 

2022 RASC-AL Competition
Entry Deadline: March 1, 2022
https://myumi.ch/qgoYW
The 2022 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts — Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) engineering design competition invites university teams to develop new, innovative concepts that improve our ability to operate on the Moon, Mars and beyond. Entries must address one of four themes: Portable Utility Pallet, Universal Sample Containment System, Mars Water-Based In-Situ Resource Utilization Architecture or SuitPort Logistics Carrier. Thirteen to 15 teams will be chosen to present their concepts at the June 2022 RASC-AL Forum, where prototype demonstrations are highly encouraged.


3D-Printing the X-ray Universe With Chandra
https://myumi.ch/jxp29
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold a dead star or supernova in your hand? The Chandra X-ray Observatory team has resources to help you 3D-print these things and more. Modeling objects in our universe in 3D offers a unique tool to understand scientific data. Visit the website to find interactive visualizations, background information and downloadable 3D files to print at your home, school, library, or other makerspace.

 

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.

 

NASA TechRise Student Challenge
Audience: Students in Grades 6-12
Entry Deadline: Nov. 3
https://myumi.ch/MEP3X
The NASA TechRise Student Challenge invites schools to join NASA in its mission to advance space exploration and enhance our knowledge of Earth. Guided by an educator, teams of students can submit ideas for experiments to test on either a suborbital rocket or a high-altitude balloon. Teams with winning ideas will receive money to build their experiments and a spot to test it on a NASA-sponsored flight.

 

2021-2022 Conrad Challenge
Registration Deadline: Nov. 5 at 11:59 p.m.
https://myumi.ch/wlkkQ
The Conrad Challenge offers a unique opportunity to a global community of students to collaborate and innovate virtually. Participants become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues through creativity and critical thinking. Teams of two to five students, ages 13-18, are invited to register and submit their investor pitches.

 

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge
Deadline for Submissions: Dec. 18, 2021
https://myumi.ch/VPzkR
Stars, galaxies, nebulae – oh my! What will NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reveal when it peers back through 13.5 billion years of time? Create, using any form of art, what you think the Webb Telescope will discover for a chance to be featured on NASA’s historic launch broadcast. Join the #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge today.

Lunabotics Junior Contest
Entries due: Jan. 25, 2022
https://myumi.ch/1pboM
NASA seeks young engineers to help design a new robot concept for an excavation mission on the Moon. The Lunabotics Junior Contest is open to K-12 students in U.S. public and private schools, as well as home-schoolers. The competition, which is a collaboration between NASA and Future Engineers, asks students to design a robot that digs and moves lunar soil, called regolith, from an area of the lunar South Pole to a holding container near where Artemis astronauts may explore in the future. To enter the contest, students must submit entries, which must include an image of the robot design and a written summary explaining how the design is intended to operate on the Moon, by Jan. 25, 2022.

Take a Virtual Field Trip With NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory
Event Dates: Multiple Sessions Through December 2021
https://myumi.ch/DEGkP
Educators are invited to take their students on a virtual field trip with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. As NASA’s premier X-ray telescope, Chandra gives us a unique window for investigating hot regions of the universe, from black holes to exploding stars, colliding galaxies and more. Get a backstage pass to Chandra’s Operations Control Center, tour the Chandra spacecraft through virtual reality and take a virtual trip to some exploding stars in our own galaxy. Sessions are available through mid-December, but spots fill quickly.

 

Take a Virtual Field Trip to NASA’s Deep Space Network
https://myumi.ch/WwExw
A new 360-degree video lets you explore NASA’s massive 70-meter deep space communications antenna located in California. This antenna is part of an international network that links robotic explorers and distant space probes to researchers on Earth.

 

3D-Printing the X-ray Universe With Chandra
https://myumi.ch/jxp29
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold a dead star or supernova in your hand? The Chandra X-ray Observatory team has resources to help you 3D-print these things and more. Modeling objects in our universe in 3D offers a unique tool to understand scientific data. Visit the website to find interactive visualizations, background information and downloadable 3D files to print at your home, school, library, or other makerspace.

 

My NASA Data: Iceberg Diagram – a Systems Thinking Tool
https://myumi.ch/51djE
Help your Earth science students see beyond the obvious and develop awareness of the underlying causes, relationships, and/or conditions that can contribute to phenomenological events. Encourage visual learning for digging deeper into phenomena-driven lessons in Earth science with iceberg diagrams from My NASA Data. These easy-to-use frameworks are available in multiple formats for in-person and virtual learning.

 

Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Virtual Panel Discussion: Our Salty Solar System
Audience: Educators, Parents, Caregivers, and Students in High School and College
Event Date: Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. EDT
https://myumi.ch/mnZd3
The Lunar and Planetary Institute invites you to attend a free, virtual panel discussion featuring planetary scientists who will discuss their research into brines and answer your questions. Learn where we’re studying salty water in our solar system and how it affects those bodies and connections to life.

 

Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series: the Most Powerful Telescope in Space
Event Date: Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.
https://myumi.ch/wl1gZ
Join Dr. Walter Kiefer, the associate director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, for a webinar about the James Webb Space Telescope. Webb will be the largest, most powerful, and complex space telescope ever built and launched into space. Explore the plans for the mission, its unique capabilities, and the mysteries that it will illuminate.

 

Night Sky Network Webinar –Exoplanets: Searching for Life in the Galaxy
Event Date: Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. EDT
https://myumi.ch/7ZqOX
Join the NASA Night Sky Network for a webinar featuring Dr. Robert Zellem from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Hear how astronomers discover and characterize exoplanets — planets outside our solar system. Amateur astronomers can help scientists study exoplanets by observing them with their own telescopes and cameras, and participating in the citizen science project Exoplanet Watch.

 

In-flight Education Downlinks Accepting Proposals
Proposal Deadline: Dec. 1
https://myumi.ch/9oQkx
NASA STEM on Station is currently accepting proposals for organizations to host a downlink during International Space Station Expedition 67, which runs April to October 2022. An In-flight Education Downlink is a 20-minute live video Q&A session between a U.S. educational organization and an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge
Deadline for Submissions: Dec. 18, 2021
https://myumi.ch/VPzkR
Stars, galaxies, nebulae – oh my! What will NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reveal when it peers back through 13.5 billion years of time? Create, using any form of art, what you think the Webb Telescope will discover for a chance to be featured on NASA’s historic launch broadcast. Join the #UnfoldTheUniverse Art Challenge today.