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.


A total of $58,000 has been allocated to these grants for the period April 10, 2018 – April 9, 2019.  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.)
  • Any beneficiary of direct support (salary, wages, travel) from this grant MUST be a US citizen.
  • The project PI will submit report information to the Associate Director of ISGC as requested.
  • All application materials must be submitted electronically by January 19, 2018.

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_2018);
  2. Select “Statement of Purpose” and upload your project description.  The project description should include:
  • 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:
January 19, 2018