Invitation to NASA’s University Student Research Challenge – Proposals Due Feb. 24!

January 18, 2022
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Teams of university students participating in NASA’s University Student Research Challenge (USRC) can earn up to $80,000 to advance aeronautics concepts relevant to NASA Aeronautics!


The deadline for the next round of funding is 5pm Eastern Time on Feb. 24, 2022.

Three-page proposals should be submitted via NSPIRES.


Selected in three rounds annually, USRC grants support the development of proposed projects, with additional funding coming from at least $2,000 of crowdsourced fundraising. Through the project, teams have the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge aeronautics research, receive hands-on concept development experience, actively participate in advancing the aeronautics research and development field, and gain experience as entrepreneurs to find additional funding to move concepts forward.

Sample topics for proposals might include:

·    Advancing aviation designs,

·    Developing technology or capabilities supporting aviation,

·    Demonstrating a novel aeronautics concept, or

·    Enabling advancement of aeronautics-related technologies.


View previously funded proposals on the USRC website.


Proposals may also be submitted later, in the third and final 2021-22 funding cycle. The third cycle due date is June 23, 2022 at 5pm Eastern Time.


Interested teams are invited to participate in a Q&A/Info Session at 2pm Eastern Time on Jan. 24, 2022:

·    Click here to join the meeting

·    Or call in (audio only): +1 256-715-9946, 651237373#, Phone Conference ID: 651 237 373#


Visit NSPIRES for more information, including eligibility guidelines, and to view the full solicitation.

Published on January 18th, 2022

Last updated on January 18th, 2022