Higher Education Incentives Program


The Illinois Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) invites proposals from any ISGC member institutions for value-added, higher education teaching/training projects related to space or aerospace disciplines. This program supports innovative educational (non-research) activities to educate and retain college students interested in aerospace-related careers.  Examples of activities include: course and curriculum development/upgrade, design/build/fly projects, and student travel to conferences. Proposed programs are open to undergraduate and/or graduate students, but focusing on the participation of freshmen and sophomores is encouraged. Emphasis will be placed on hands-on activities and projects in areas of interest to NASA.


Proposals shall clearly and concisely describe the relevance of the proposed work to NASA’s currently funded research priorities and programs of the NASA Mission Directorate(s). Proposals are required to address one or more research priorities of the Mission Directorates and Centers, which are summarized in Section H.6.8 Research Priorities for NASA Mission Directorates and Centers. The current NASA mission directorates are as follows:

• Aeronautics Research (http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/)
• Human Exploration Operations (http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/index.html)
• Science (http://science.nasa.gov/)
• Space Technology (http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/home/index.html)


Funding has been allocated to these grants for the period April 10, 2020 – April 9, 2021.  Funding will be released incumbent upon authorization of funds by NASA.


  • Programs should have an emphasis on aerospace, physics, astronomy, cosmology, Earth system science and other interdisciplinary space-related science or engineering fields.
  • Grants must be matched (at least one-to-one) with funds from non-federal sources. Prior to the execution of a subaward agreement, the source of matching funds must be identified and confirmed by a letter from the appropriate authority. Waived indirect costs and faculty effort can qualify as matching funds
  • Proposals can include requests for salary, supplies, and travel support. ISGC funds cannot be used for the purchase of equipment (as defined by NASA guidelines.)
  • The project PI will submit report information to the Associate Director of ISGC as requested.
  • All application materials must be submitted electronically by February 9, 2020.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be reviewed by ISGC Directors and selected based on adherence to the above criteria, merit, and equitable distribution of resources across the Consortium. Women, under-represented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Participation in this program is limited to faculty (research and professorial) at ISGC affiliate and lead institutions.

To Apply:

Application web site

(If you have not previously applied to this system, enter your email address and then select to have a new password emailed to you.  You have the option to change that password on the first page of the application – upper right-hand corner of the blue bar, “Change password.”)

Complete the on-line application form.  In the “Documents” section of the application:

  1. Select “Other Supporting Document” and upload your budget (sample budget_form_2020);
  2. Select “Statement of Purpose” and upload your project description.  The project description should include:
  • Relevance to one of more mission directorates
  • Purpose – include audience, educational objectives
  • Method – what activity(ies) will take place
  • Results – anticipated value-added benefits
  • Evaluation plan – brief self-evaluation plan and how the program will be continued after ISGC funds are no longer available
  • Time line
  • Project goal(s). Indicate explicitly how the goal(s) is/are specific, measurable, aligned with NASA and Space Grant interests, realistic and within the funding time frame.

The Statement of Purpose should be single-spaced text in 12-point font with one-inch margins and be no more than three pages in length.

You will receive email verification that your proposal was submitted.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline:
February 9, 2020