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Project Innovation Grant (PIG)

Grants to South Dakota Institutions, IHEs,
and Agencies for STEM Education Projects

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NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC)

Deadline Date:

01/17/20 Receipt


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $40,000 to South Dakota institutions, agencies, IHEs, and Funding Source affiliates for STEM education projects. Funding is intended for K-12 teacher education, STEM projects for typically underrepresented populations, and undergraduate STEM education. The goal of the program is to fund worthy projects that align with NASA research priorities and/or areas of interest, and show potential to develop into long-term, sustainable programs. For information about research priorities and areas of interest, see:

The vision of the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) is to expand opportunities for all South Dakotans through education, research, and public service in the fields of aerospace, earth science, and supporting STEM disciplines. As the link between NASA and the citizens of South Dakota, SDSGC's mission is to instill the spirit of exploration and discovery in students and educators and in the general public, with a special focus on the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that are essential for the development of the nation’s workforce. 

Program areas:

  1. Higher Education (research included),
  2. Pre-college Education, and
  3. Informal Education

Preference will be given to proposals with any or all of the following three foci, because they align more closely with NASA’s current priority education areas.

  1. Effective K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teacher education (especially middle-school level)
  2. Undergraduate STEM education (especially retention and engagement in hands-on, NASA-related activities)
  3. Serving groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields

Proposals need not include all of the following over-riding themes, but themes given preference include: A) Hands-on educational experiences, B) NASA’s unique resources and capabilities, C) Diversity (individuals, institutions, management), D) Proven methodologies and a good evaluation/assessment plan, E) Leveraging and strengthening strategic partnerships, and F) Workforce development. In addition, proposals that include components associated with the following are encouraged: A) NASA’s MARS 2020 mission (“ROADS on Mars Student Challenge)”, B) Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) Education & Outreach school visits, summer camps, and curriculum kits, and C) multi-consortia high-altitude student ballooning team partnerships.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184805

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual proposals may request funding in the range of $1,000 - $40,000.

Term of Contract:

Project period: February 23, 2020 through February 22, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All 22 affiliate organizations within the SDSGC are eligible to submit proposals. A list of the Consortium’s membership is provided at

Pursuant to NASA training grant requirements, all persons receiving NASA Space Grant funds must be U.S. citizens. Similarly, SDSGC cannot accept Space Grant PIG applications from non-US citizen PI’s or Co-PI’s, even if they are not included in the budget for compensation.

No equipment, computer, or clothing purchases are allowed.

Facilities & Administration “F&A” (i.e., overhead or indirect) costs are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received by January 17, 2020.

Award notifications are anticipated to be made by March 12, 2020.

Non-federal cost-sharing (matching) is required at a rate of at least 1:1 (NASA/Matching).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Proposals must be submitted to:
SDSGC Deputy Director Tom Durkin

Direct questions to Tom Durkin at the above email address or at 605-394-1975.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota