NASA Kentucky Space Grant Programs

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
USIP 2015 – NASA KY Request for Statements of Interest  CLOSED

NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium
A NASA Higher Education program supporting STEM areas of interest to NASA and Kentucky, Space Grant promotes networking and cooperation among education, industry, and local, state, and federal government. Recruitment and training of US citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology is a Space Grant national priority.NASA-KY-Awards-2012-2015

Kentucky Space Grant Consortium supports faculty, students and outreach through multiple program offerings:

GF – Graduate Fellowships
UF – Undergraduate Fellowships
TF – Team Fellowships
RIA – Research Initiation Awards
MG – Mini-Grants

Resources – FAQ, NASA Contacts & more:

NASA KY Space Grant Programs Summary (pdf)
NASA KY FAQ (pdf) – updated 12/23/15
NASA KY Current Research Projects (pdf)
NASA Mission Directorate Descriptions (pdf)
NASA Center Descriptions, Contacts, and Research Areas (pdf)
NASA Contact List (2014 pdf)

Eligibility for Space Grant Awards:

Proposals will be accepted from Kentucky Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Institutions as listed on this page. US citizenship is required for students and faculty receiving direct support or reporting effort as cost-share. Reporting on current and prior awards must be up to date to be eligible for funding.

Numbers of Awards:

Numbers of awards in each category are determined by the sizes of the individual awards and available program funding levels.

Review Process:

NASA Kentucky Space Grant Affiliate Representatives and external content specialists will review the proposals and rate the technical content as Definitely Fund, Fund if Possible or Do Not Fund (see FAQ for review criteria).  Proposals will also be reviewed for budget compliance and programmatic alignment by NASA KY staff.  As a panel, the reviewers will recommend proposals for funding to the NASA KY Director.  Proposals will be rated, ranked and funded up to the budgeted amount available for each program. Past reporting and accomplishments will be considered in evaluation of proposals.

Reporting Requirements:

Principal Investigators (PIs) are required to report research productivity and students supported using the KY EPSCoR Reporting System (KERS): 1) during the award period, 2) within 30 days of the end of the award (final technical report and complete KERS reporting), and 3) annual updates for 5 years post-award (Kentucky EPSCoR requirement). Quarterly updates to project reporting are recommended. Reporting must be current to meet program report cycles due annually in spring for NASA and summer for state funding.


Undergraduate Student Travel Scholarships – RPG-12-UGTS

RFP-12-UGTS NASA KY Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Travel Scholarships OPEN

Undergraduate Student Travel Scholarships of up to $500 will be awarded to undergraduate students currently enrolled at Affiliate Institutions for travel to conferences, NASA Centers or other relevant scientific sites and events. The opportunity should provide the student with a significant experience that will enhance their education, increase knowledge in NASA related fields and encourage progress towards a STEM career.

Applications due by email ( at least one month before the planned departure date. Selection will be made within one week of receipt of application. Eligibility: NASA KY Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Institutions, US Citizenship required.


Sample Team Projects

High Altitude Student Platform (HASP)
NASA Great Moonbuggy Race
NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI and SLI)
NASA Robotic Mining Competition
NASA/NIA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concept-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL)
RASC-AL Lunar Wheel Design
A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites (ARLISS)
University of Evansville High Altitude Intercollegiate Balloon Competition
AIAA Student Design/Build /Fly Competition  AIAA Student Competitions
AUVSI Student Competitions
SAE Collegiate Design Series
Annual CanSat Competition


Become an Affiliate

Affiliate Members


Ashland Community and Technical College
Mr. Mark Riggs

Bellarmine University
Dr. Thomas Bennett

Berea College
Dr. Tracy Hodge

Bluegrass Community and Technical College
Ms. Tammy Liles

Centre College
Dr. Jim Kelly

Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. Anthony Blose

Hopkinsville Community College
Ms. Sherry McCormack

Kentucky State University
Dr. Robert Mania

Morehead State University
Dr. Tom Pannuti

Murray State University
Dr. Aleck Leedy

Northern Kentucky University
Dr. Scott Nutter

Owensboro Community and Technical College
Mr. Shawn Payne

Thomas More College
Dr. Wes Ryle

University of Kentucky
Dr. Janet K. Lumpp

University of Louisville
Dr. John Kielkopf

University of Pikeville
Dr. Maiyon Park

Western Kentucky University
Dr. Mike Carini


Aviation Museum of Kentucky
Mr. David Riggins

Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation
Mr. Kris Kimel

Kentucky Science Center
Ms. Kim Hunter

National Air & Space Education Institute
Dr. Tim Smith

The Living Arts and Science Center
Ms. Katherine Bullock


Innoviator, LLC
Mr. Alan Beaven

Kentucky Space, LLC
Mr. Twyman Clements

Tribo Flow Separations, LLC
Dr. John Stencel


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