Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NASA Opportunities

1. High Altitude Student Platform (HASP); Call for Payloads (CFP)

Please find attached here the Call for Payloads (CFP) for the September 2013 flight of the High Altitude Student Platform (HASP).  HASP can support up to 12 student payloads (providing power, telemetry and commanding) during a flight to an altitude of 124,000 feet for up to 20 hours.  The NASA Balloon Program Office and Louisiana Space Consortium anticipate flying HASP at least through 2014.  There is no cost for launch and flight operations.  Student teams will need to raise their own funds to support the development of their payload and, if necessary, for travel to Palestine, TX for HASP integration and Ft. Sumner, NM for flight operations. 
Details about previous HASP flights and the student payloads flown can be found on the “Flight Information” page of the HASP website at http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp/Flightinfo-2012.php    Details on the payload constraints and interface with HASP as well as online access to the CFP materials can be found on the “Participant Info” page of the HASP website at http://laspace.lsu.edu/hasp/Participantinfo.php
Applications are due December 14, 2012 and selections will be announced by mid-January 2013.
If you have any questions about the application materials or HASP, feel free to contact us at guzik@phunds.phys.lsu.edu
We will also be conducting a Q&A Teleconference about HASP and the application process on Friday, November 16, 2011 at 10:00 am (central time).  Groups who have previously flown on HASP as well as new organizations should plan on attending this teleconference.  To participate, dial in to 1-866-717-2684 a few minutes prior to the conference time.  When requested enter the conference ID number 6879021 followed by the # key.
Also please forward this e-mail to any others that you feel might be interested in applying.
Greg Guzik, Assistant Director
Louisiana Space Consortium

2. NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF)

Subject: Release of NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) - Fall 2013 solicitation
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, entitled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) - Fall 2013, on October 10, 2012. The solicitation is available by opening the NASA Research Opportunities home page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/, selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting the solicitation number "NSTRF13."

NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration and economic future. 

This call for graduate student fellowship applications, entitled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2013 (NSTRF13), solicits applications from individuals pursuing or planning to pursue master's (e.g., M.S.) or doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. This call is open to students pursuing advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The goal of NSTRF is to provide the Nation with a pipeline of highly skilled researchers and technologists to improve America's technological competitiveness. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders. 

Selected candidates will perform graduate student research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers and/or at nonprofit U.S. Research and Development (R&D) laboratories. In addition to his or her faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community engaged researcher who will serve as the student's professional mentor. Through this experience, students will advance their STEM education, gain relevant research experience, and enhance their understanding of the research process. 

Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to accredited U.S. universities. This solicitation has two phases. Phase A is the application submission by the student. For the student applicant who is selected (Phase A selection), the accredited U.S. university, where the student will be enrolled for the fall 2013 term as a full-time graduate student, must submit a package (as specified in the NSTRF13 solicitation). The university submission constitutes Phase B of the solicitation; complete Phase B package submissions will result in training grant awards. 

The financial and programmatic support for NSTRF comes from the Space Technology Program within NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist. The fellowships are a component of the Space Technology Research Grants Program. Awards are planned to coincide with the start of the 2013 academic year and are subject to the availability of appropriated funds. 

This solicitation covers only new fellowship applications; renewal applications are handled separately. 

All Phase A applications must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES and are due on or before December 4, 2012. Detailed submission instructions for the student applicant are provided under "Other Documents" on the NSPIRES webpage associated with the NSTRF13 solicitation. Potential student applicants are urged to access the NSPIRES electronic proposal system well in advance of the proposal due date to register with NSPIRES, familiarize themselves with its structure, and to enter the requested information. 

Comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to the Space Technology Research Grants Program Executive, Claudia Meyer, at hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov. 
Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of individuals/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

3. Virginia Space Grant Consortium Opportunity

I am writing to share a new VSGC program -- The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program -- that is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Governor Bob McDonnell's recent press release is at http://www.governor.virginia.gov/news/viewRelease.cfm?id=1440
CSIIP offers a centralized student application database from which companies doing business in Virginia can select and hire undergraduate interns majoring in STEM fields. The program is a partnership between VSGC and the state's ten regional Technology Councils who are serving as our conduit to high tech companies across the state.  We are also working with all of Virginia's accredited two and four year institutions.   The program's online site is www.csiip.spacegrant.org.  The program builds on our experience in managing internship programs such as USRP, LARSS and the Virginia Center for Innovative Technology's Industry Internship Program.  Through these and other venues, VSGC has previously placed more than 4200 students in paid internship positions.
The program was announced jointly by Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey at the Northern Virginia Technology Council's Titans breakfast on September 27.  More than 600 NVTC members were in attendance.   A video of the announcement can be found at http://www.nvtc.org/news/getnewscontent.php?code=607
Students attending Virginia colleges and universities as well as Virginia residents attending out of state accredited colleges are eligible to participate. 
We are very excited about giving students these kinds of real world work experiences with industry and how this program will foster the STEM workforce pipeline.