NASA MICI Grants

The NASA Minority Innovation Challenges Institute (MICI) is offering Minority Serving Institutions the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to assist their school in entering the 2012 NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) or the 2012 NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition (Luanbotics) .

USLI is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers. It culminates in an actual launch competition in April 2012 at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Lunabotics is a competition challenges university-level students to design and build a remote controlled or autonomous excavator, called a lunabot, which can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. It culminates in an actual excavation competition in May 2012 at the Kennedy Space Center.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: June 30, 2011
MAXIMUM AMOUNT AVAILABLE: $5,000 per competition.
ALLOWED USE OF FUNDS: Up to $1,000 may be used in the form of a stipend for a faculty member who is responsible for the project AND establishes at least a one credit course around a competition. Plus, other expenses associated with entering including equipment, materials, travel expenses.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to Universities and Community Colleges classified as a Minority Serving Institution by the US Department of Education. Schools that have participated in USLI during the last 5 years or Luanbotics during the last 2 years are ineligible to apply for a grant.
APPLICATION FORM: DOWNLOAD NOW
APPLICANT VIDEO CONFERENCE: Recordings of video sessions explaining the application submission process can be found at the NASA MICI conference site. To view – REGISTER AT http://nasamiciconference.com , click “Presentations” , then click the USLI presentation banner to watch the USLI application video. Or click the Lunabotics presentation banner to watch the Luanbotics application video .

TO LEARN HOW TO ACCESS THE VIDEOS REGARDING THE APPLICATION PROCESS WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW:

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