Program Award Guidelines

PROGRAM AWARD GUIDELINES

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) announces the Pre-College Education, Public Outreach, and Teacher Training funding opportunities.

Submission deadline: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Awards notification: Award recipients will be notified of their tentative selection by February 27, 2015, pending receipt of the budgeted 2015 federal funds. The funding interval for the grant is from May 2015 through April 2016.

Programs

Pre-College Education

This program awards up to $5,000 to promote activities that encourage and enrich the study of mathematics, science, or technology for K‐12 students. Preference is given to those who focus on aerospace, space or earth system science. Eligible projects include development, implementation, and/or testing of activities or supplementary resources that meet the National Standards for Mathematics, Science and Technology education as well as State educational requirements. Activities may include both in‐classroom work as well as informal activities occurring outside the classroom. One‐time single event activities receive a lower priority in the selection process.

Public Outreach

This program awards up to $5,000 to support conferences, workshops, publications, lecture series, non‐technical courses, science fairs, radio and television broadcasts, and other enrichment events that serve industry, state and local governments, non‐profit organizations, children, and adults with a focus on enhancing literacy and interest in mathematics, science, and technology. Preference is given to projects focusing on aerospace, space or earth system science.

Teacher Training

This program awards up to $5,000 to promote innovative higher education of pre‐service and in‐service teacher training in mathematics, science, and/or technology in aerospace, space or earth system science. Eligible activities include the development of courses and supplementary materials, entry‐level gateway courses, conferences and workshops for in‐service and pre‐service teacher education.

Augmented Support

An additional $5,000 is available to augment any of the above programs if the program targets under-represented minorities, women, and disabled individuals. Applications should describe in detail why these funds are necessary to assure the success of the project.

Submission Requirements for the Pre-College Education, Public Outreach, and Teacher Training Programs

Eligibility: All funding programs are open to state-wide participation from members of the MSGC as well as representatives from other non-sectarian education or community organizations. Applicants currently funded through these programs are welcome to reapply for continuation funding. Under-represented minorities, women, and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Use of Funds: Funding can be used for minimal travel and to purchase supplies and services. Funding can also be used for salaries of U.S. citizens. Funding cannot be used to purchase equipment or to pay salaries or travel to persons that are not U.S. citizens. Foreign travel is not allowed.

Matching Funds: At least a one-to-one cost matching (cash contributions or in-kind support) with non-federal funds is required. Indirect costs are not allowed on MSGC funds, although they may be considered as a component of the matching funds. Please contact your local MSGC Affiliate Representative (if one exists) or the MSGC Director’s Office for suggestions on the budget and budget justifications.

Collaboration: Applicants are encouraged to propose collaborative efforts that include partners from colleges and universities, business and industry, K-12 educational institutions, and/or community groups.

Multi-Component Proposals: For any one program, the maximum award is $5,000. However, proposers may apply simultaneously to more than one of the program components listed above. Multi-component awards are given for exceptional proposals that meet all requirements. Applications should justify the additional resources needed based on the scale of the project and clearly indicate which programs they are applying to on the application form.

Strategic Interests: While writing your proposal, please keep in mind the MSGC mission includes creating, developing, and promoting programs that reflect NASA's strategic interests: NASA 2011 Strategic Plan Booklet  |  NASA Strategic Plan Goals in a Nutshell

Application Package

All application materials must be submitted online at: http://msgc.umich.edu
The application package includes:

1. a completed online application form signed with your full name (typed in the appropriate box) indicating the affiliate representative on your campus (if one exists) reviewed and approved your proposal for submission.

2. an abstract not to exceed 150 words.

3. a four-page essay describing the project, its relevance to the MSGC mission and NASA strategic interests, and an evaluation plan and any references cited. If applying for multiple program components, an additional page is allowed for each additional program component that you apply for (up to two more pages). If applying for augmentation funds, an additional page is allowed.

4. one-paragraph descriptions for each of the key personnel, stating their qualifications and their role in the project.

5. a one-page budget and budget justification including a detailed description of the sources of the cost matching and how both Space Grant funds and matching funds will be used to carry out the project.

6.   If applying for multiple  program components, be sure to include a detailed budget for each program component on that page. If applying for multiple program components or augmentation funds, include a one-page budget summary in addition to the one-page budget and budget justification.

7.  if applying for continuation funds, include a two-page progress report on your current project. The progress report should address how funding was used, the activities during the current year, and evaluation results of the various components of the program. Add an appendix with copies of any papers, presentations, announcements, news articles and press releases relating to the existing project. The appendix will not be counted in the page limitations.

8.  if you are planning to partner with one or more specific pre-college institutions, include letters of support from institutions in an appendix. The appendix will not be counted in the page limitations.

9.  use 12-point font, single-spaced text, and one-inch margins.

10. please convert your documents into a single PDF file to ensure unhindered (platform-independent) review readability. Note: *.docx files are not accepted at this time.

11. proposals that exceed the page limitsspecified above will not be considered.

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

MSGC Award Recipients are required to submit a 2 – 5 page final report within one month of award completion. The report should include how funding was used, the activities during the current year, and evaluation results of the various components of the program. Documentation of any papers, presentations, announcements, news articles, and press releases to the project should be included in an appendix and will not be counted in the page limitations. A portion of the report may be published in the MSGC newsletter, Michigan in Space. Some award recipients may be selected to make a presentation at the annual MSGC Conference. The report is to be submitted in PDF to Bonnie Bryant at blbryant@umich.edu.

Award recipients are also required to submit a questionnaire circulated by the Director’s Office requesting financial reporting and information about participants. The questionnaire cannot be used as a program report.

Additional Information

For additional information on this or other MSGC programs, please contact the MSGC Director's Office or contact MSGC Representatives at Affiliate Institutions throughout the state.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Vision

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium fosters awareness of, education in, and research on space-related science and technology in Michigan.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Mission

To create, develop, and promote programs that support our vision and reflect NASA strategic interests, and to encourage cooperation between academia, industry, and state and local government in space-related science and technology in Michigan.

Page Limitations

Proposals that exceed the page limitations will not be considered.

Description

Total Page Limit

1 program component

5 pages plus personnel paragraphs and appendices

2 program components or 1 component with augmentation

7 pages plus personnel paragraphs and appendices

3 program components or 2 components with augmentation

8 pages plus personnel paragraphs and appendices

3 program components with augmentation

9 pages plus personnel paragraphs and appendices

If continuation

Add 2 pages for progress report


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