Archive for October, 2016

NASA University Student Design Challenge – Future Air Vehicles

NASA University Student Design Challenge – Future Air Vehicles

NASA Glenn is hosting a spring 2017 University Student Design Challenge (USDC), with aeronautics and space themes.

The aeronautics component of the USDC is open to teams of full-time, sophomore-through-senior-year undergraduate students in accredited U.S. academic institutions. In case of mainly senior-year students, a team of such students may use the opportunity as a one-semester Capstone project, if so approved by the affected institution. The space project has already reached its full complement. All aero and space teams are encouraged to be multidisciplinary, with mostly science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors. However, the team formation may comprise students majoring in areas such as economics, marketing, graphic arts, or other non-STEM disciplines which will aid in the success of the design challenge. Each university or college team will have, at least, one faculty advisor, as well as, access to technical experts at Glenn.
Submissions by the student teams must focus on one or multiple NASA Glenn’s Core Competencies. Submissions related to the aeronautics design challenge: “Future Air Vehicles – Concepts and Operations in Metropolitan Areas” must include consideration of energy consumption, noise, emissions, cost, alternative energy and safety. Specifically, the aeronautics design challenge will relate to integrating aeronautics into commuter travel in metropolitan areas. Submissions will answer the quest for how a community would look, if aeronautics vehicles are used as a means to travel within city limits.  A full description and requirements of the aeronautics project will be provided at the USDC kick-off meetings on December 5, 2016 and January 18, 2017.

For more information on the challenge and how to register your teams, please visit


Research Opportunities for Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Space Biology to Study the Microbiome of the ISS as a Built Environment

Research Opportunities for Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Space Biology to Study the Microbiome of the ISS as a Built Environment

Solicitation Number: NNH16ZTT001N-MOBE

Release Date: September 15, 2016

Mandatory NOI Due Date:  October 31, 2016 (Two weeks left!)

Full Proposal Due Date: November 30, 2016

Only two weeks remain for submission of mandatory NOIs for the NASA Space Biology NRA “Appendix B – Research Opportunities for Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Space Biology to Study the Microbiome of the ISS as a Built Environment: Using the International Space Station (ISS) as a Microbiological Observatory”.  This solicitation is an Appendix to the NASA Omnibus Research Announcement ROSBio-2016 (NNH16ZTT001N NRA). NASA and the Sloan Foundation have agreed through a Space Act Agreement to work in parallel for a common purpose: to sponsor studies designed to provide insight into the microbiome of the built environment of the ISS that will advance our knowledge and understanding of human-built habitats on Earth, to enhance ISS utilization, and to inform the development of future space exploration vehicles that are occupied by humans.  NASA is soliciting, through this Appendix, research applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships from early career scientists to design experiments that utilize a NASA collection of ISS microbial isolates collected over a decade or more to help understand better how microbial communities colonize, adapt, and evolve on the ISS.  All proposals must propose experiments that utilize these microbial isolates collected from the ISS that have been archived at the Johnson Space Center.

NASA anticipates that up to 2 awards will be made for the research requested in this NRA and that each grant will last 2 years for a total cost of $140K. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation anticipates funding an additional 2 awards through a solicitation of their own with similar goals.

Appendix B can be found at Mandatory notices of Intents (NOIs) are due October 31, 2016 at 5 PM Eastern Time. Full proposals are due November 30, 2016 at 5 PM Eastern Time. Proposals must be submitted electronically by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Proposers may use either NSPIRES ( or ( for proposal submission. However, mandatory NOIs must be submitted using NSPIRES.

Proposals will be accepted from Graduate students in the final year of their PhD or equivalent doctoral degree program, from Postdoctoral fellows (PhD, MD, DDS, DVM or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution) or from applicants who received a doctoral degree within the past 2 years, but have not yet had post-doctoral training.  Applicants must have fewer than 4 years of postdoctoral training at the time of application. The solicitation is open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or persons with pre-existing visas obtained through their sponsoring institutions that permit postdoctoral training for the project’s duration. Sponsoring institutions must be U.S. Academic, government, or commercial institutions that will provide appropriate postdoctoral mentors.

Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to Appendix B must be registered with NSPIRES, and such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit electronic proposals. Instructions on how to register in NSPIRES are described in the omnibus NRA (NNH16ZTT001N NRA). Each electronic proposal requires the registration of postdoctoral applicants, their principal investigator mentors, and any other participants. Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Questions about ROSBio-2016 (NNH16ZTT001N NRA) and this Appendix may be addressed to the contacts referenced in the full solicitation document.

This is a broad agency announcement as specified in FAR 6.102 (d)(2). All awards resulting from selections of proposals to this Appendix and future Appendices will be grants or cooperative agreements.

Programmatic information for this NRA is available from: Dr. David L. Tomko, Program Scientist for Space Biology Life and Physical Sciences Division, NASA Headquarters; Phone: 202-358-2211; Email:

NASA contracting information for this NRA is available from: Benjamin S. Benvenutti, Lead Contract Specialist, NASA Shared Services Center; Phone: (228) 813-6128; Email:

NASA Internships – Spring 2017 – Deadline Oct 17th

NASA Internships – Spring 2017 – Deadline Oct 17th

NASA is still accepting applications for the Spring 2017 internship session.  Attached is a list of opportunities the Kennedy Space Center is offering.  These opportunities are currently posted on, where students can complete applications and apply.  Please share with faculty and students.  The deadline for students to apply is October 17, 2016.

Many students think of interning only in the summer, as that time period generally does not interfere with academic schedules.  We want to encourage students not to limit their opportunities and pursue these invaluable hands-on experiences in the fall and spring as well.  Candidates have a greater chance of being selected during the fall and spring while the applicant pool is significantly smaller and less competitive.  Fall and spring interns have an additional 6 weeks to showcase their talents, develop their skillsets, and build healthy working relationships with potential future employers.  Please encourage your students to apply for NASA internships in the fall, spring, and summer.

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