Frequently Asked Questions about the NASA Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Program

This page aims to answer, in a very clear and concise manner, common questions about the NASA Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant Program. If you have a question that is not answered here please fee free to send us your question by using the Contact Us page above.
What types of organizations can apply?

Local and/or community based organizations that serve middle-school students and/or teachers, especially those involved with underrepresented and underserved populations. These organizations include but are not limited to Boy Scout troupes, Girl Scout troupes, local YMCAs, libraries, museums, science centers, schools, etc.

When is the application due?

The first round of applications is due by June 8, 2012. The second round is due June 29, 2012.

When will award announcements be made?

We anticipate making award announcements on June 15, 2012 for Round 1 applicants and July 9, 2012 for Round 2 applicants.

Will I be notified if my application will not be funded?

Yes, all applicants will also receive an email notification of their funding status.

How much funding may my organization apply for?

We anticipate making awards in the amount of $2,000-2,500 each.

How many awards will be made for this program?

We anticipate making approximately 200 awards for all application rounds combined.

What can my organization use the funding for?

The award money can be used for expenses related to the event. This could include expenditures like supplies,  participant stipends, or a modest PI stipend.

When should I plan for my project to be held?

Applications should be made for a summer outreach program or  fall after-school events.  All activities must be completed no later than December 14, 2012.

How long does the event have to be?

The event should include at least 6 hours of NASA STEM content to middle school students or delivery of an educator workshop (for certified teachers, pre-service teachers or informal education community) featuring NASA Summer of Innovation content or themes.

Where can I find Summer of Innovation activities and resources?
Can I incorporate the Summer of Innovation topics and activities into my existing event?

Yes. Applicants may propose to create new event or propose to incorporate SoI materials into existing events.

Do I have to use one of the activities or topics listed on the Summer of Innovation website for my event as long as it is STEM related?

Yes. The SoI website provides resources, lessons plans and themes to help you engage students.

How can I get additional information about NASA programs?

You can contact the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program in your state.  Choose your state from the following Web site and you will find the requested specific contact information. http://www.spacegrant.org/about/who  Additional information can also be found at www.nasa.gov/education

How will I be notified about the status of my application?

Awarded applications will be notified by email.

Who do I contact if I have a question that is not addressed on the website or in this list of frequently asked questions?

Contact information can be found at http://soi.spacegrant.org/contact

Where should I mail a copy of my application?

Nowhere.  Applications for the SoI Mini-Grant program will only be accepted through the on-line application system.  Hard copies will not be accepted.

Can I submit supplemental material with my application?

No.  All of the information that is going to be used to evaluate your application is contained in the on-line application.  Submitting additional material is not necessary or allowed.

What do I do if I need to edit an application that I have already submitted?

When you submitted your application the first time you were emailed an Application ID.  To make changes to an application that you have already submitted, just submit a new and complete application including your application ID.  Submitting a new application with the same Application ID as your previous application will delete your old application and submit a new application in its place.

Can a PI apply more than once for an award?

Yes, there is no limit on how many applications a single PI may make to the program. However, it is highly unlikely that a single PI will receive multiple awards.

Can an organization apply more than once to the program?

Yes, there is no limit on how many applications an organization may make to the program. However, it is highly unlikely that a single organization will receive multiple awards. For the purpose of making awards, different chapters or units in an organization will be treated as unique organizations.

Can an individual apply for an award?

No.  The application must include both an organization and a PI.

What if there is not an activity on the NASA SoI resources page that fits my event?

The SoI educational resources site is constantly growing and being refined.  Check back regularly to find new units that have been added.

Are applications accepted from international organizations?

Applications will only be accepted from U.S. community based organizations.

How will I be notified about the status of my application?

Awarded applications will be notified by email.

Will I be notified if my application will not be funded?

Yes, all applicants will also receive an email notification of their funding status.

What will be required in the final report?

A description of the funded event which includes at a minimum the project summary, budget summary, and the total number of students served, grade level, and demographics OR total number of educators served, grade level, and type of educator (pre-service, formal, or informal) . The project summary should describe what NASA Summer of Innovation content was included in your event. Anecdotal information which includes student and/or teacher feedback is also requested.

When will the final report be due?

Final reports are due within 30 days after the completion of your event.

Who do I contact if I have a question that is not addressed on the website or in this list of frequently asked questions?

Contact information can be found at http://soi.spacegrant.org/contact

Can a PI apply more than once for an award?

Yes, there is no limit on how many applications a single PI may make to the program. However, it is highly unlikely that a single PI will receive multiple awards.

Can an organization apply more than once to the program?

Yes, there is no limit on how many applications an organization may make to the program. However, it is highly unlikely that a single organization will receive multiple awards. For the purpose of making awards, different chapters or units in an organization will be treated as unique organizations.

How can I get additional information about NASA programs?

You can contact the National Space Grant and Fellowship Program in your state.  Choose your state from the following Web site and you will find the requested specific contact information. http://www.spacegrant.org/about/who  Additional information can also be found at www.nasa.gov/education

What can my organization use the funding for?

The award money can be used for expenses related to the event. This could include expenditures like supplies,  participant stipends, or a modest PI stipend.

When will award announcements be made?

We anticipate making award announcements on June 15, 2012 for Round 1 applicants and July 9, 2012 for Round 2 applicants.

When should I plan for my project to be held?

Applications should be made for a summer outreach program or  fall after-school events.  All activities must be completed no later than December 14, 2012.

How long does the event have to be?

The event should include at least 6 hours of NASA STEM content to middle school students or delivery of an educator workshop (for certified teachers, pre-service teachers or informal education community) featuring NASA Summer of Innovation content or themes.

Where can I find Summer of Innovation activities and resources?
Do I have to use one of the activities or topics listed on the Summer of Innovation website for my event as long as it is STEM related?

Yes. The SoI website provides resources, lessons plans and themes to help you engage students.

Can I incorporate the Summer of Innovation topics and activities into my existing event?

Yes. Applicants may propose to create new event or propose to incorporate SoI materials into existing events.

What will be required in the final report?

A description of the funded event which includes at a minimum the project summary, budget summary, and the total number of students served, grade level, and demographics OR total number of educators served, grade level, and type of educator (pre-service, formal, or informal) . The project summary should describe what NASA Summer of Innovation content was included in your event. Anecdotal information which includes student and/or teacher feedback is also requested.

When will the final report be due?

Final reports are due within 30 days after the completion of your event.

Who do I contact if I have a question that is not addressed on the website or in this list of frequently asked questions?

Contact information can be found at http://soi.spacegrant.org/contact