Higher Education Course Development Program
FY 2012 Request for Proposals
Proposals will be accepted through Feb 24, 2012.


The goal of the Higher Education Course Development Program is to provide funding to develop new and innovative approaches to improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and instruction in a university or community college setting through interdisciplinary traditional, online, and/or distance learning courses. Such courses should provide experiences that will equip the future STEM workforce for careers in aerospace or related industries.

Applicants must present a clear and feasible plan for designing and offering a new course in a STEM field that contributes to the research needs of NASA’s Mission Directorates (http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/missions/index.html). To best align proposed work to the needs of NASA Education and NC Space Grant, the following have been provided: NASA’s Strategic Coordination Framework and focus areas (Appendix A) and the NC Space Grant Strategic Plan (Appendix B).

The Higher Education Course Development Program is not intended for senior design project development. NC Space Grant offers a separate competitive program for senior design activities; an RFP will be released in August 2012 for the Higher Education Senior Design program.

NC Space Grant anticipates making up to 2 to 3 awards with the maximum individual award of up to $5,000 for a one year period of performance (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013). Proposing institutions are required to provide 100% cost-matching (1:1) using non-federal funds. In other words, if $5,000 is requested from NC Space Grant, then $5,000 must be provided as match. Facilities and Administrative (F&A, or overhead) costs are not allowed.


Competition is open to individuals at NC Space Grant Affiliate member institutions. Individuals must be qualified to serve as a principal investigator at their respective institution and be U.S. citizens. Permanent residents, foreign nationals and resident aliens may apply for funding but with budget restrictions (see Section IV.E.).

U.S. public/private schools, school districts, museums, and other not-for-profit educational organizations may apply through partnership with the lead organization. NC Space Grant encourages proposals from females, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities. Submission is limited to one proposal per investigator.

Time Line

Program Announcement   Download PDF

Proposals Submission and Deadline Dec 15, 2011 - Feb 24, 2012

Original Hardcopy Submission and Deadline The original proposal with all required signatures must arrive at NC Space Grant by March 1, 2012. Late or incomplete submissions may not be considered.
Hard copy submissions should be sent via FedEx or UPS to:

Dr. Chris Brown, Director
North Carolina Space Grant
NCSU - Engineering Building III
911 Oval Drive, Room 3002
Raleigh, NC 27606

Expected Award Announcement April 15, 2012

Awards Begin July 1, 2012*

  *contingent upon NC Space Grant receipt of NASA funding

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