NASA Kentucky Space Grant & EPSCoR Programs

Kentucky’s Space Grant Consortium partners with NASA to advance research, education, & workforce development within the state. Managed alongside Kentucky’s NASA EPSCoR, these programs promote aerospace-related scientific and technological innovation.
** NASA accepting student applications for Fall 2016 Internships through May 31: Apply here
** Kentucky’s NASA EPSCoR research featured in new book: Stimuli Publication 2014-2015

NASA Kentucky News

Award-Winning Rocket Science at UofL2015 UofL NASA Student Launch team at Awards Ceremony
Student teams from University of Louisville placed in the top 5 the past 4 years in NASA’s annual rocket competition. Supported in part by NASA Kentucky, the team swept 3 top awards in 2015, including Best Vehicle Design, and placed second overall: Read more

Kentucky Teams Selected for NASA BalloonSat WorkshopKY-Ballooning
Kentucky teams from Hopkinsville Community College, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and University of Kentucky were selected for NASA’s BalloonSat Workshop and traveled to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in January 2015 to learn skills and receive equipment to fly high-altitude payloads near space for scientific research in Kentucky: Read more

NASA Awards Spacecraft Heat Shield Research in Kentuckyheatshield modeling
Previous NASA EPSCoR research collaboration between UK College of Engineering and Kentucky State University leads to $500,000 of new funding for Dr. Alexandre Martin, recognized by NASA’s Space Tech Mission Directorate for research into transformational technology for spacecraft thermal protection systems: Read more

Atmospheric Chemistry Research at UK PublishedPillar-UK
Research on atmospheric pollutants by faculty and students in the University of Kentucky Dept. of Chemistry, supported by NSF and NASA Kentucky, published November 2014 by Environmental Science and Technology, a journal of the American Chemical Society: Read more

UofL & WKU to Study Colloidal Physics on ISSDr. Stuart Williams explains a research process to PhD candidate Vanessa Velasco in the Microfluidics Lab at UofL
UofL and WKU research team, led by Dr. Stuart Williams, selected to create specialized fluids experiments for the International Space Station. Award will result in $1 million of funding for NASA-partnered research in Kentucky, 1 of 4 such NASA research projects currently in the state. Research on ISS expected to begin in 2015: Read more

VIDEO: UofL Research Is Out of this World

UK Receives Opportunity to Launch Satellite from ISSKentucky Cubesat
As 1 of 5 schools nationwide chosen by NASA for this research opportunity, UK will launch a cubesat from the International Space Station to test a stellar gyroscope system developed by UK College of Engineering. Launch from ISS expected in 2016: Read more

UK & Morehead Design, Build, Launch a Small SatelliteKySat2 Launch Crew
KySat-2 launched Nov 19, 2013 on the ORS-3 mission from NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Recognized as one of 25 important objects in Kentucky history.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s Student-Built Satellite

NASA Kentucky Projects 2012-2015NASA-KY-Awards-2012-2015
NASA-aligned research, education & workforce development projects supported by NASA Kentucky at colleges, universities, and other affiliates across the state:
Read more (pdf)


Current Opportunities
NASA Kentucky Space Grant & EPSCoR

RFP-16-004: NASA KY EPSCoR Research Faculty NASA Travel Opportunity OPEN
RFP-12-UGTS: NASA KY Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Travel Scholarships OPEN
RFP-16-001: NASA KY Space Grant Consortium 2015-2016 Request for Proposals CLOSED
RFP-16-002: NASA KY EPSCoR Programs 2015-2016 Request for Proposals CLOSED
RFP-16-003: NASA KY EPSCoR RA 2015-2016 Request for Pre-Proposals  CLOSED
USIP 2015 – NASA KY Request for Statements of Interest  CLOSED

NASA Student Opportunities

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars  Deadline varies
NASA Fall 2016 Internships  OPEN  Closes May 31, 2016
NASA Pathways Co-Op Internships  Deadline varies
NASA Fellowships  Deadline varies
NASA Scholarships  Deadline varies
Exploring Careers @ NASA
All Grade Levels

NASA Educator Opportunities:

Educator Opps (All grade levels)
Educational Materials

NASA Higher Ed Faculty & Postdoc Opportunities:

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowships  Deadline varies
NASA for Higher Ed Educators

Conferences / Meetings / Workshops

IdeaFestival Aerospace  Morehead, KY – Apr 4, 2016
American Astronomical Society – Regional Mtg  Richmond, KY – Apr 9, 2016
SKy Science Festival – Expo Day  Bowling Green, KY – Apr 30, 2016
ExoMed 2016  La Jolla, CA – Jun 7, 2016


• The NASA EPSCoR Stimuli Publication is now available online. NASA Kentucky EPSCoR featured on pgs. 54-61. (PDF 18MB)
• The National Council of Space Grant Directors 25th Anniversary Space Grant Book is available online (PDF 25MB). Kentucky Space Grant Consortium featured on pgs. 38-39.

About NASA Kentucky
NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium

In partnership with NASA’s National Space Grant Program, Kentucky’s Space Grant Consortium provides opportunities in aerospace-related research and education for Kentucky colleges, universities, community colleges, non-profits, and industry affiliates. More information available at NASA Kentucky Space Grant.

NASA Kentucky EPSCoR

Kentucky’s NASA EPSCoR Program provides funding for NASA-related research projects within the state. Any Kentucky institution of higher learning is eligible to apply. More information available at NASA Kentucky EPSCoR.


News & Events

NASA Kentucky, UofL, WKU Receive NASA Research Award

UofL Runner-Up in USLI, Kentucky Students Successful in Recent Aerospace Competitions

Wing Design Competition 2013 Press Release and Final Results

RFP-12-003A Research Faculty NASA Travel Opportunity Extended to 2014

The NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR Programs transitioned in 2010 to the University of Kentucky as host institution. Awards initiated before April 1, 2010 will continue to be administered at Western Kentucky University by Dr. Michael Carini. He can be reached via email or phone 270-745-6198.

Contact Us

NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and EPSCoR Programs
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
112 Robotics Bldg (RMB)
Lexington, KY 40506-0108

Phone: 859-218-6272 (859-218-NASA)

Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, Director

Dr. Jane Hayes, Associate Director 859-323-4544

Jacob Owen, Assistant Director

Mark Pittman, Program Manager

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-2015

NASA Space Grant Foundation 25th Anniversary Book