Opportunities

These are STEM or Space related opportunities that are currently available to residents of Colorado. Please see linked web pages for additional information. Not everyone will qualify for these opportunities. We are not affiliated with any of the organizations offering these opportunities and inclusion here is not an endorsement of any company or organization.


2017


Opportunity: Advanced Industries Accelerator Grants
Deadline: September 8, 2017

Description: The AI Accelerator Program was created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s advanced industries by helping drive innovation, accelerating commercialization, encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing access to early stage capital and creating a strong ecosystem that increases the state’s global competitiveness.Proof of Concept grants are open to Colorado research universities, federal labs located in Colorado, and other labs with valid technology transfer offices. These grants are for pre-commercialization research and commercialization preparation. Grants up to $150,000 will be awarded. Early Stage Capital and Retention grants fund companies commercializing innovative technologies to create viable products that meet a market need and can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally. Grants up to $250,000 will be awarded.


Opportunity: 2018 Big Idea Challenge
Deadline: October 1, 2017 Deadline to submit a Notice of Intent (optional)

Description: The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions. This GCD-sponsored engineering design competition seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for Mars surface solar arrays. Supplying reliable electric power for human missions on the Martian surface is a critical technology need. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems provide a viable option but require creative engineering design and judicious operational approaches to assure successful use on Mars. Participation in the BIG Idea Challenge is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students studying in fields applicable to human space exploration (i.e., aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and life, physical, and computer sciences). The BIG Idea challenge allows students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.


Opportunity: NASA Spring Internships
Deadline: October 17, 2017

Description: Now is your chance to apply for exciting hands-on spring internship opportunities available at all NASA centers. High school, undergraduate and graduate students are needed to help NASA scientists and engineers with ongoing scientific and engineering research, technology development and spaceflight operations activities. Internship opportunities also exist in nontechnical areas such as communications, budget, procurement, education and human resources. NASA internships are stipend-paid and offer students mentor-directed, degree-related, NASA-relevant tasks.


Opportunity: CubeSat Challenge
Deadline: October 18, 2017

Description: USSOCOM is seeking global ideas on how to advance CubeSat capabilities. Specifically, USSOCOM is conducting this crowdsourcing challenge to solicit concepts that advance the state of current CubeSat technologies and payloads and demonstrate applications that may benefit any of the USSOCOM missions. Concepts should be viable for a prototype demonstration within 12-24 months. These concepts will advance how CubeSats can be utilized to support Special Operations Forces (SOF) missions. The CubeSat Challenge will award a grand total of up to $35,000 in cash prizes.


Opportunity: 2018 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Deadline: October 24, 2017

Description: The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2018 Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, the largest private scholarship in the country for community college transfer students. As many as 55 students from a nationwide applicant pool will receive up to $40,000 per year for up to three years of study at the four-year accredited college or university of their choosing. According to Harold O. Levy, executive director of the Foundation, recent studies have shown that many of the nation’s most gifted students begin their postsecondary education at a community college. He explained that the scholarships provide talented, low-income students who might otherwise lack the financial resources to do so with a chance to complete their college education, pursuing their goals and dreams. To be eligible, applicants must be current students at accredited U.S. community colleges or two-year institutions with sophomore status or have graduated within the last five years. They must have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or above, plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to begin studies in the coming fall, and demonstrate unmet financial need.


Opportunity: International Space Station Cotton Sustainability Challenge
Deadline: November 1, 2017

Description: Sponsored by Target Corporation, the challenge seeks proposals to improve cotton sustainability through research conducted on the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. The challenge will leverage a broad range of disciplines to find breakthrough solutions that can be implemented affordably and benefit the cotton production community. Selected proposals will receive grant funding through Target Corporation and ultimately manifested for flight to the ISS National Lab.


Opportunity: Space Technology Research Fellowships
Deadline: November 2, 2017

Description: NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) invites current and future master and doctoral students to submit graduate student fellowship applications in relevant space technology disciplines at accredited U.S. universities. STMD seeks to sponsor graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating new and innovative space technologies for the nation’s science, exploration and economic future. The grants, worth as much as $75,000 per year, will coincide with the start of the fall 2018 academic term. Grant awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made to accredited U.S. universities. Selected applicants will perform research at their respective colleges or universities and at selected NASA centers. In addition to a faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA researcher who will serve as the student’s research collaborator.


Opportunity: 2018 Big Idea Challenge
Deadline: November 30, 2017 Deadline to submit Proposal and Video

Description: The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions. This GCD-sponsored engineering design competition seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for Mars surface solar arrays. Supplying reliable electric power for human missions on the Martian surface is a critical technology need. Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems provide a viable option but require creative engineering design and judicious operational approaches to assure successful use on Mars. Participation in the BIG Idea Challenge is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students studying in fields applicable to human space exploration (i.e., aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering; and life, physical, and computer sciences). The BIG Idea challenge allows students to incorporate their coursework into real aerospace design concepts and work together in a team environment. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.


Opportunity: NASA Announcement for High Impact / Broad Implementation STEM Education Partnerships
Deadline: December 31, 2017

Description: NASA Education seeks to partner with eligible domestic or international organizations on a no-exchange-of-funds basis to reach wider and more diverse audiences and to achieve mutually beneficial objectives. The Announcement places a priority on collaboration involving the following: digital learning; engaging underrepresented groups in STEM; NASA-themed STEM challenges; and youth-serving organizations. NASA also is receptive to other creative ideas including, for example, investigations or application of science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design (STEAMD); or activities culturally relevant to or focused on unrepresented in STEM careers populations, such as women, ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. The announcement explains the criteria used to review responses and NASA’s partnership mechanism known as a no-exchange-of-funds or non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement. NASA will accept responses on a rolling basis through Dec. 31. 2017.


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