U.S. Department of Education Accepting Applications for Investing in Innovation (i3) Development Competition

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking applications for the Investing in Innovation, or i3, Development competition. This grant competition encourages innovations that maximize students’ learning and engagement by transforming the school environment.

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking applications for the Investing in Innovation, or i3, Development competition. This grant competition encourages innovations that maximize students’ learning and engagement by transforming the school environment.

Applicants are tasked with presenting proposals to improve school climates and develop alternative strategies to exclusionary discipline. This allows schools, districts and their partners to build on the extensive work underway through the Administration’s #ReThinkDiscipline initiative. This year’s competition also focuses on fostering schools’ racial and socioeconomic diversity and on closing gaps in opportunity for underserved students. Consistent with past years, this competition promotes innovative strategies to support students and educators as they implement rigorous standards and aligned assessments, enhance students’ noncognitive skills, and serve students in rural areas.

Educators working with school districts, nonprofits and partner organizations may apply for grant awards up to $3 million. Pre-applications are due May 25, 2016.

For more information about this grant opportunity, please visit http://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/innovation/investing-in-innovation-i3/.

Please direct questions about this opportunity to Kelly Terpak at i3@ed.gov.

Deadline:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Opportunity Category:

eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) 2016 Academic Innovation Challenge

http://spacegrant.org/xhab/
Proposals Due: April 29, 2016

http://spacegrant.org/xhab/
Proposals Due: April 29, 2016

Description
The National Space Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge.   This program is a university-level challenge designed to develop strategic partnerships and collaborations with universities. It has been organized to help bridge strategic knowledge gaps and increase knowledge in capabilities and technology risk reduction related to NASA’s vision and missions. In 2017 the X-Hab Challenge scope is being formally extended not only to include habitation topics but other areas of Exploration Systems as well. The competition is intended to link with senior- and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacturing of functional prototypical subsystems that enable functionality for space habitats and deep space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in novel ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration.

The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division will offer multiple awards of $10k - $20k each to design and produce studies or functional products of interest to the AES Division as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams (examples of which are shown in below) may be integrated into existing NASA-built operational prototypes. Universities interested in participating will submit X-Hab proposals which will be reviewed by technical experts; subsequent down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. X-Hab university teams will be required to complete their products for evaluation by the AES Division in May 2017. Universities may collaborate together as a project team

Students in the Critical Path
The X-Hab Academic Innovation Challenge has a unique approach to student involvement, in that the student team is placed in the NASA mission critical path for the product or technology that they develop alongside NASA researchers. Teams are required to go through a series of NASA-standard assessments, including a System Definition Review (SDR), a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), and a Critical Design Review (CDR) as for other NASA engineering products. With this approach, NASA is putting a great deal of responsibility on the students. This in turn gives the students a bigger stake in the development of space technologies that likely will form the basis for future systems and technologies that will be flown in space.

Eligibility
Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multi-discipline, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges, and other minority-serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Deadline:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Opportunity Category:

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Rolfe Bode
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2016 NASA STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science Internship

STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science, or SEES, is a nationally competitive summer intern program for students in grades 10 and 11. NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research, or UT/CSR, have joined forces to provide this opportunity for high school students to increase their understanding of and interest in STEM careers.

STEM Enhancement in Earth and Space Science, or SEES, is a nationally competitive summer intern program for students in grades 10 and 11. NASA, the Texas Space Grant Consortium and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research, or UT/CSR, have joined forces to provide this opportunity for high school students to increase their understanding of and interest in STEM careers.

Scientists and engineers at UT/CSR are conducting NASA-supported research in astronomy, remote sensing and space geodetic techniques to help understand Earth systems, natural hazards and climate science. The SEES project provides selected students with exposure to Earth and space research. Participants will learn how to interpret NASA satellite data while working with scientists and engineers in their chosen area of work.

The summer 2016 internship allows students to work remotely from July 1-15 and on-site in Austin, Texas, July 17-29. Housing, transportation and meals will be provided. Students are selected on the basis of their academic records, written application that includes essay questions, and interest in STEM.

Applications are due March 20, 2016.

For more information, visit http://www.csr.utexas.edu/internship/.

Please email any questions about this opportunity to Margaret Baguio at baguio@csr.utexas.edu.

Deadline:

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Opportunity Category:

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