Program for Multiple Undergraduate Research Projects


These grants are designed to fund programs of undergraduate research in aerospace, physics, astronomy, cosmology, Earth system science and other interdisciplinary space-related science or engineering fields at ISGC institutions. The program should involve multiple students working with multiple research advisors. The grants are available to faculty members or research scientists at all ISGC institutions. 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 (
• Human Exploration Operations (
• Science (
• Space Technology (


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


  • The grant must support research in an area of interest to NASA, e.g., aerospace engineering, physics, astronomy, cosmology or Earth system science.
  • 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.
  • The objective of this grant is to encourage undergraduate participation in research. Proposals can include requests for salary, supplies, and travel support. ISGC funds cannot be used for the purchase of equipment.
  • 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 by February 9, 2020.

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:
  • Names and affiliations (departments) of likely faculty participants
  • Number of expected student participants
  • Brief description of likely research projects
  • Relevance to Mission Directorate(s)
  • Undergraduates’ roles and responsibilities in each research project
  • Detailed description of student selection criteria and process, including the recruitment of underrepresented groups
  • Project goal(s). Indicate explicitly how these goals 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 five pages in length.

You will receive email verification that your proposal was submitted.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be reviewed by ISGC Directors and selected based on adherence to the above criteria, scientific 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.

Important Dates :

Submission Deadline:
February 9, 2020