Research Infrastructure

CaSGC Research Infrastructure

The CaSGC, as part of its charter to develop research infrastructure throughout California, has supported and facilitated a two pronged approach. The first involves cooperative research partnerships with NASA Centers and the second is a partnership with the California Space Institute (CalSpace – University of California) to establish aerospace-related Centers of Excellence at University of California affiliate campuses.

The NASA Center — CaSGC partnerships (NASA Ames Research Center – ARC and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center – DFRC) are structured to enable university students and faculty to participate (hands-on) in NASA research projects. The programs have the following attributes:

Flexible Contractual Agreement with NASA & University as Coop Partners

The NASA Center — CaSGC partnerships (NASA Ames Research Center – ARC and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center – DFRC) are structured to enable university students and faculty to participate (hands-on) in NASA research projects. The programs have the following attributes:

  • Shared Resources — Personnel & Facilities
  • Shared Management Responsibilities
  • Students Participate as Space Grant Trainees
  • Student/Mentor Model Utilized Fully

In 2000, the CaSGC established a partnership with the California Space Institute (CalSpace — A multi-campus space research unit of the University of California (UC)) to create Centers of Excellence (CoE) on UC affiliate campuses. These Centers of Excellence not only foster world-class aerospace research and research infrastructure but also provide an effective shared resources environment for education, outreach, and workforce development. The overall objectives of this partnership are to:

  • Provide stable “seed” resources from CalSpace for aerospace-related research;
  • Provide stable “seed” resources from Space Grant which emphasizes education, workforce development and training, and outreach;
  • Place strong emphasis on capturing & translating research results into web-based education & outreach products;
  • Facilitate government and industry alliance partnerships;

CaSGC – CalSpace Centers of Excellence

  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC San Diego

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