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Higher Education Program
Proposal Requirements

Please combine your proposal into a single file and label each section clearly using the requested category below.  You will be asked to upload the file at the bottom of the application form.  It should not exceed 4 pages, including figures.

1. Introduction/Summary:
Summarize your project in one page or less. Important issues to address here and in the body of the proposal are how this project will provide curriculum development, faculty enhancement, or in any other way provide training for undergraduates in the space sciences, aerospace engineering, or other space-related discipline.

2. Background:
Summarize the current and previous research on the topic to be covered by the grant and indicate its importance to the field. Also, NASA guidelines require that every proposal demonstrate how the proposed activities align with the goals and objectives of one or more mission Directorate or NASA Center goals (see Provide references of related work. Be aware that not all of the WSGC review panel members are likely to be experts in your area, so make sure you provide fundamental information on your topic.

3. Proposed Activities:
    • Purpose – include audience, educational objectives
    • Method – what activity(ies) will be included
    • Expected Outcomes – anticipated value, added benefits
Again, be sure to provide fundamental information on your project. The proposed project should provide value-added, higher education teaching or training in an innovative way, and the proposal should document how these goals will be achieved. It is important to note that it is expected that faculty spend considerable time updating courses as a normal part of their duties. Proposed work falling under the purview of normal course development or improvement is unlikely to be funded.

4. Evaluation Plan:
Provide a brief self-evaluation plan, including how the program will be continued after WSGC funds are no longer available.

5. Time Line/Schedule:
Please provide dates when you will start the project, when you will finish the project, and any important milestones. You will be required to submit an Interim Report and a Final Report.

6. Budget:
You need to provide a budget summary for your proposal that shows labor (people, hours, rates and total), travel details (where, transportation costs, hotel costs, meal costs) and any other costs (with equivalent detail). The Higher Education program normally will provide funding for labor, including your collaborators and students. Travel will be considered if it is fundamentally important to your project. Out of country travel cannot be funded. You also need to indicate matching funds and the source (overhead, equipment, labor) with similar detail. Also note that your organization is required to provide matching funds of at least 1:1 to your budget. Any institutional overhead must be applied as matching funds. Given budget limitations, we will likely not support any amount for equipment or rental of facilities. We highly recommend you find alternative means to purchase equipment or materials needed for your project and apply them as matching funds. Call the WSGC Program Office (920)465-2108 if you would like help in this matter.  

7. Personnel:
Include brief qualifications for any personnel included in projects.

Contact Information:
For additional information contact John Borg, Associate Director for Higher Education Incentives at (414) 288-7519 or

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