Promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields by recruiting and training the next generation of aerospace stakeholders.    

Special Initiatives Program
Request for Proposals 2014-2015

Application Deadline: February 13, 2014
Award Announcements: April 11, 2014  

To provide planning grants and supplemental grants for new or on-going projects which have space-related content and are intended to encourage, attract, or retain underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematical fields, especially women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Projects should do one or more of the following for members of underrepresented groups:
1) Increase knowledge of space, aerospace, and space-related science, design, or technology and their potential benefits
2) Increase interest, recruitment, experience, and training of the next generation of experts in the pursuit of space- or aerospace-related science, design or technology
3) Encourage individuals in space-related pursuits


This year the WSGC is especially encouraging proposals that foster and enhance a connection between K-12 and higher education to strengthen efforts in recruiting and retaining students in the STEM field.

All proposed projects should be specific, including metrics, which clearly define expectations, not only the number of participants.

Current & Past Award Recipients

Most awards ~$3,000 per year, with up to $5,000 for exemplary, innovative new projects.*
WSGC will not fund overhead, however, it may be counted as institutional match. Proposals for two-year projects will be considered. Proposals for two-year projects should include budgets and objectives for each year.

* Based on availability of funds.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Any established organization including, but not limited to: schools (K-12 and higher education), aerospace industries, government agencies, and nonprofit aerospace associations are eligible.
  • Matching funds are required, ranging from 50% for on-going programs, i.e., beyond the second year, to 25% for new innovative programs or those having significant legacy use.

 Before applying, please read the Additional Requirements.

To Apply: Application Form

For instructions on applying, please read the Special Initiatives Application Instructions

Questions about Special Initiatives, contact:
Nicole Wiessinger, Associate Director for Special Initiatives
Phone: (608) 266-8166
Please contact the Program Office at (920) 465-2108.