Archive for January, 2014

NASA Offers Space Tech Grants To Early Career University Faculty

NASA Offers Space Tech Grants To Early Career University Faculty

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early career faculty members who are beginning their independent careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific, high priority areas of interest to America’s space program.

Aligned with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmaps and priorities identified by the National Research Council, the agency has identified topic areas that lend themselves to the early stage innovative approaches U.S. universities can offer for solving tough space technology challenges.

“NASA believes the innovation and creativity early career university faculty possess is critical for solving the hard space technology challenges the agency and American industry face today,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology in Washington. “These grants help assure the U.S. will continue to lead the world in space tech research and development for decades to come.”

NASA expects to award about five grants this fall, funded up to $200,000 each per year for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds. Funded research will investigate unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies in areas such as soft machines for robotic mobility and manipulation, science-based digital materials and manufacturing, and low size, weight, and power lasers.

For future space exploration and applications here on Earth, NASA is seeking advances in flexible and form-changing machines. Soft machines are hybrids of soft and hard materials that are inherently strong against impact and unexpected collision. Soft machines hold promise for performing in situations where flexibility is required and it is difficult to predict when contact may occur, such as when planetary rovers traverse extreme terrain or when robotic manipulators operate in close proximity to humans.

As the requirements for aerospace structures become more complex and sophisticated, there also is a need to create an innovative capability for manufacturing ground and space structures. This research topic area seeks technologies in materials design, process modeling and material behavior prediction that will lead to new lightweight and multifunctional materials and structures.

The third topic area under this solicitation seeks to develop low size, weight, and power lasers that could be used for lower-cost, lighter-weight Earth science space platforms. Advanced lasers also may enable reliable, higher data rates while requiring less size, weight and power on future interplanetary space missions.

Notices of intent to submit proposals to the Early Career Faculty Appendix of NASA’s Research Announcement “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)” are due Feb. 14. The deadline for submitting final proposals is March 14.

For information on the solicitation, including specific technology areas of interest and how to submit notices of intent and proposals, visit:

This solicitation is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is responsible for innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in future missions. For more information about the directorate and Space Technology Research Grants Program, visit:

NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) summer internship program

The National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) invites students who meet eligibility requirements to apply to the prestigious NASA Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) summer internship program, located in Hampton, Virginia. All majors are accepted!  The LARSS program hosts over 200 interns annually – read below to find out how you can be one of them!

The application deadline for the 2014 LARSS Summer Session is Saturday, February 1, 2014.  

The LARSS Program boasts the following:

2014 Summer Session Dates

10 weeks

June 2 – August 8

Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2014

See eligibility requirements below.  For more information, and to apply, please visit

LARSS Eligibility Requirements:

·      U.S. Citizen

·      Full-time student status at an accredited U.S. college or university

·      Cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

·      Classification as a rising undergraduate junior, senior or graduate student by the start of the program

o    Bridge Program opportunities are available for rising high-school seniors, college freshmen and sophomores who have previous NASA program experience and a 3.5 GPA

Designed to bridge the gap between academic concepts and real-world experience, LARSS creates opportunities for students to come to NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Virginia to conduct hands-on research and engineering projects under the mentorship of NASA researchers, scientists, and business professionals.

The LARSS Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) as well as in business, communication, marketing, and other areas that support NASA’s mission. All majors accepted, and minority students are encouraged to apply.

The 2014 summer session is ten (10) weeks long and runs from June 2 through August 8.  LARSS participants receive a stipend based upon academic standing, ranging from $5,000-$6,000 for the 10 weeks.

For all LARSS inquiries, please contact Debbie Murray, LARSS Program Coordinator (757-864-5215; or Sarah Pauls, LARSS Program Assistant (757-864-4394;


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