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Xploration Habitat (X-Hab) 2016 Academic Innovation Challenge – Proposals Due April 30, 2015

eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) 2016 Academic Innovation Challenge
Proposals Due: April 30, 2015


The National Space Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge. This program is a university-level challenge designed to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with universities to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and increase knowledge in capabilities and technology risk reduction related to NASA’s vision and missions. The competition is intended to link with senior- and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacturing of functional prototypical subsystems that enable functionality for space habitats and deep space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in novel ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration. The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division will offer multiple awards of $10k – $30k each to design and produce f unctional products of interest to the AES Division as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams may be integrated onto existing NASA-built operational prototypes. X-Hab proposals will have a proposal submittal, where down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. X-Hab university teams will complete their products for evaluation in May-June 2016 by the AES Division. Universities may collaborate together on a project team.


Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College (if applicable) and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multi-discipline, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Important Dates and Information
Proposals Due: April 30, 2015

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