Announcement of Opportunity (AO)
Program #11 For 2014-2015
This Industry Program (IP) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) replaces and
supersedes the previous AO that was released last year. This AO is being
provided only to Members of the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. The lead
proposing organization for these opportunities must be a WSGC Industrial Member
on the date of submittal.
To provide grants and match grants for new and on-going projects which have
space-related content to support Wisconsin industry initiatives and cooperation
with Wisconsin academic institutions of Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium.
Any WSGC industrial member, that is a large or small business, incorporated for
profit, can submit an application proposal for this Announcement of Opportunity.
Proposals must be submitted online. They are page limited, have specific format
requirements, and shall only use CY-2014 WSGC Industrial Proposal Cover Page
Maximum value of awards and approximate number of awards are indicated below in
Paragraphs A, B and D. Proposal efforts are typically one year in length or
less. However, two-year proposed efforts will be considered.
Grant Period Covered by This IP:
April 23, 2014 – April 22, 2015
(Email received by Noon of the deadline day):
January 29, 2014
Award Announcements Anticipated:
March 21, 2014
Amendments may be made to this AO document at any time. If changes are made, a revised document will be sent out to the members via email.
For any clarifications regarding this AO, please contact:
Eric E. Rice
Associate Director, Industry Program
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Space Center, 1212 Fourier Drive
Madison, WI 53717
The proposal applications are different for each IP Program Element. The
CY-2014 provided cover page must be used. No proposal may be over 4 pages in
length - see special limits below. Font should be no smaller than 11 pt and
margins no less than 1-inch are acceptable. Proposals that do not meet these
requirements may not be evaluated.
General Evaluation Criteria:
The following list of criteria will be used in evaluating and selecting awards
through a peer-review process. All proposals will be reviewed by the WSGC
Director, the Associate Director for Industry Programs, and a Technical Advisory
Panel composed of Industry Program Committee (IPC) members and other experts as
necessary. All proposals must be approved by the WSGC Director. IPC members that
submit proposals are excluded from evaluating their own proposals, but may
evaluate others in non-competing categories. The criteria are as follows:
Proposal is responsive to the specific AO topic and meets the basic proposal instructions
Degree that the proposal meets the goals of the WSGC and Industry Program
Degree of benefit to the space grant member(s) involved
Potential for growth and expansion of aerospace business and
Potential to benefit the involved individual(s) in space-related
Potential to enhance education, knowledge and involvement of
Potential to solve a research or technology need and provide a
payoff to state and national space activities
Degree of commitment by the proposing organization
Past performance on WSGC IP awards, if applicable
Available WSGC budget
Match provided to the proposed effort
All proposals must align with NASA and WSGC goals (see
Debriefings for successful or unsuccessful
applications will not be provided.
Award Notification and Processing:
Once you have been notified of an award, to activate your grant(s), please
submit invoices to WSGC referencing the name of the PI (Principal Investigator),
organization, proposal number and type (A, B or D), and title of proposal and
you will receive a check to carry out your project as per the funding procedures
established for A, B and D. Award recipients should submit invoices to:
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
2420 Nicolet Drive
Green Bay, WI 54311
Industrial Program Announcement of Opportunity and Additional Special Application Preparation Instructions:
Each of the paragraphs below (A, B and D) provide a description of the topic and additional instructions. Funding in all areas is contingent upon availability. Note: Opportunity D contains additional special requirements, which are discussed at the end of the specific instructions. We have dropped C, E and F elements because of a limited budget.
For instructions on applying, please read the Industry Program Application Instructions
A. Industrial Internship Program Announcement of Opportunity (AO)
Industrial Internship Program Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for students from member schools; a minimum 1:1 (1 out of 2) match is required (i.e. 50% of the total student direct salary or wages).
Industry is encouraged to place intern job postings, if available, on the WSGC
industrial website by the first of each year (50-word max job announcement
text). This program could provide up to $2,500 per calendar year per
student based upon a 1 to 1 match of student direct salary or wages.
Students considered must be attending a WSGC member academic institution and
working toward a degree. The company must be an industry member of the WSGC.
Students should contact the companies directly for consideration. Students may
post their biosketch on the WSGC website if they choose. A maximum of two
students per company per calendar year are allowed. If a specific student is not
proposed at the time of the proposal submittal, a detailed job description must
be submitted and benefits to the hired student must be discussed. Exceptions
can be made if applications are limited. A WSGC Industry Program Committee (IPC)
will make award recommendations to the WSGC Director.
Industrial Internship Program
Industrial Internship Application Page
B. Provide Industrial Education/Training Awards to Industry
Provide Industrial Education/Training Awards to Industry; minimum 1 out of 2 match of cost is required (i.e., 50% match by industry).
An Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to WSGC member industries that provides up to $2,500 maximum support for industrial education/training for an aerospace-related program, workshop or conference for a member industry employee. A minimum of 50% match of the total cost by industry of all related costs is required. Typically this would include the cost of the conference/workshop, the associated travel, and the associated labor and overhead cost of the trainee to attend. To be eligible, the conference workshop must not begin before the award is made. The stipend would be awarded when the training has been completed.
Industrial Education/Training Application Page
D. Industry/Academic Partnerships for Space-Related Activities
Industry/Academic Partnerships for Space-Related Activities — No match required.
This is an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to WSGC member industries of seed
money (up to a maximum of $4,000 per year) to develop member
industrial/university collaboration/partnerships on an aerospace-related
research problem. A maximum of two competitive selections per year will
made by the IPC based upon technical review and potential. Companies may
resubmit proposals to continue work from year-to-year, but must demonstrate how
the activity has been beneficial to the company, the academic institution, the
goals of WSGC, and how additional funding is necessary to expand upon those
benefits. The partnership must be led by the industry organization and must have
a member university/college element. A minimum of 25% must be spent by the
company and academic institution or academic participant to qualify. WSGC will
provide the budgeted funds to the lead company at the start of the effort. The
company will make payment to the educational institution or its faculty or staff
as it agrees with the school (subcontract or consulting agreement to the
faculty). The company will develop a plan for development of new technology and
IP that all involved parties agree to. Follow-on government proposals are
encouraged if the program is successful.
Industry/Academic Partnerships Application Page
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