2020 NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO20)

September 10, 2019

For the tenth consecutive year, the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate seeks to sponsor graduate student space technology research ideas that have significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. The solicitation – titled NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities – Fall 2020 (NSTGRO20) – replaces the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) solicitation.

The opportunity, up to $80,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the 2020 academic year; up to four years of support are possible for doctoral students. In addition to providing a $36,000 annual stipend, the grant provides support for tuition, health insurance, conference attendance, and the faculty advisor. The grant also provides support for onsite tenure at NASA Centers across the country. Current and prospective doctoral and master’s students (see full eligibility requirements) may have proposals submitted on their behalf. In most cases, NSTGRO20 requires proposal submission directly by an accredited U.S. university; this is a notable change from recent NSTRF solicitations.

Recipients will collaborate with leading NASA experts in space technology to acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA community and beyond.

Through the predecessor NSTRF solicitation, nearly 550 awards have been made to students attending 100 universities across 40 states and one U.S. territory. Depending on the receipt of highly meritorious proposals, NASA expects to make up to 65 new NSTGRO awards as a result of this solicitation.

The solicitation opened on September 5, 2019. Proposals are due by 6:00 p.m. ET on November 05, 2019. Proposals will be accepted via NSPIRES: http://tinyurl.com/NSTGRO20.

Should you or your associates desire to contact us with any questions, please direct your correspondence/inquiries, in writing, to Ms. Claudia Meyer, Space Technology Research Grants Program Executive, at hq-nstgro-call@mail.nasa.gov.

Published on September 10th, 2019

Last updated on April 2nd, 2021