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NASA “University Smallsat Tech Partnership 2023”

NASA’s “University Smallsat Technology Partnerships (USTP)” solicitation is released as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2023 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2023)”.

Go to the USTP 2023 Solicitation The solicitation exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of three topics:

·    Earth and Global Navigation Satellite System-Independent Position Navigation and Timing for Small Spacecraft

·    Edge Computing and Machine-Learning Architectures,


Student Spaceflight Experiment Program Opportunity

Announcing the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) 20th Flight Opportunity – SSEP Mission 18 to the International Space Station, Starting September 2023

2023-24 Academic Year Opportunity for 2- and 4-year Colleges and Universities to Engage 30+ Students (Reflecting at Least 10 Teams) in Real Microgravity Experiment Design and Proposal Writing,


NASA Human Lander Challenge 2024

Announcing NASA’s Human Lander Challenge (HuLC) Awards include $7,000 team stipends & $18,000 in prizes! The 2024 HuLC competition seeks near-term, innovative solutions for Human Landing System (HLS) challenge areas…specifically addressing the mitigation of lunar Plume-Surface Interaction (PSI). Interested teams have a full year to prepare and submit proposals by the deadline of March 4,

NASA Student Airborne Research Program 2023


The Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) is an eight-week summer internship program for rising senior undergraduate students to acquire hands-on research experience in all aspects of a scientific campaign using one or more NASA Airborne Science Program flying science laboratories (aircraft used for SARP include the DC-8,


NASA 2023 Lunar Regolith Conveyance Challenge

The “Over the Dusty Moon Challenge” will address a topic of increasing practical concern as humans move toward a sustainable presence on the Moon’s surface. The challenge will task student teams to design, build and demonstrate a system that can convey lunar regolith (or soil) both horizontally and vertically.


NASA’s 2023 Big Idea Challenge

The Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIGIdea Challenge is one of NASA’s premier engineering design competitions engaging universities in NASA’s Mission to develop space exploration technologies for the Moon.

Airport Cooperative Research Program

The FAA-sponsored Airport Cooperative Research Program’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs provides an outstanding opportunity for individual students or student teams working under the guidance of faculty advisors to design solutions to real-world issues addressing our nation’s airports and the National Air System.


NASA’s RASC-AL Competition 2023

The 2023 RASC-AL Competition Open to teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students studying fields with applications to human space exploration, NASA’s RASC-AL Competition is an engineering design challenge that allows students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. 

University Student Research Challenge 2022

University Student Research Challenge (solicitation NNH21ZEA001N-USRC) seeks to challenge students to propose new ideas/concepts that are relevant to NASA Aeronautics.  USRC will provide students, from accredited U.S. colleges or universities, with grants for their projects and with the challenge of raising cost share funds through a crowdfunding campaign. 



NASA iTech is seeking small businesses to present their innovative ideas to NASA chief technologists and industry experts at a virtual event that focuses on solutions in two challenge focus areas that are relevant to NASA and have broad applicability in commercial markets: “Low-Cost Photovoltaic Arrays for Space” and “Recycling for Optimum Space-Age Logistics.” The window for applications to present at the 2022 NASA iTech Focus event is open now through Feb.


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