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.


Opportunity: The Succeeds Prize
Deadline: March 23, 2018

Description: This is a statewide award organized by Colorado Succeeds — in partnership with 9NEWS and mindSpark Learning — recognizing outstanding examples of STEM education across Colorado. By 2020, 55% of the top jobs in Colorado — those with projected high openings and above-average growth rates that offer a family-supporting wage — will require skills in STEM. Yet, currently, Colorado is filling STEM jobs by importing qualified talent from outside the state. STEM career pathways also tend to have low percentage of workers who are women and people of color, even as Colorado grows more diverse. The Succeeds Prize recognizes that educators across the state are working to provide students with meaningful STEM learning opportunities that will prepare them to enter and succeed in STEM careers. The STEM Award is intended to recognize examples of what is working in STEM education in Colorado and provide local examples that educators across the state can learn from. The winning school will receive a $15,000 cash prize and will work with Colorado Succeeds, 9NEWS, and mindSpark Learning to tell the story of its success to educators, policymakers, and businesses across the state.

Opportunity: NASA FDL 2018 Summer Program
Deadline: April 3, 2018

Description: NASA Frontier Development Lab (FDL) is an applied Artificial Intelligence research accelerator that pairs researchers from the space sciences with data scientists for an intense 8-week concentrated study to apply AI to challenges important to space exploration and humankind. FDL runs between June 25th – August 17, 2018. We are looking for doctorate or post-doc researchers interested in the following challenge areas: Space Weather, Astrobiology, Space Resources. Additional challenges looking at orbital debris and exoplanets may be added, pending partner interest. This year we are also running a challenge in partnership with the European Space Agency, which will run in parallel. FDL Europe’s focus will be on Earth Observation. FDL is hosted by the SETI Institute and NASA Ames in Mountain View, CA; and ESA Esrin in Europe. Compute and AI advisory is provided by IBM, Intel, Nvidia, Lockheed Martin and Google. Researchers will receive a stipend and are provided with accommodation for the duration.

Opportunity: X-Hab Challenge
Deadline: April 27, 2018

Description: Teams at U.S. colleges and universities have an opportunity to potentially help NASA with innovative design ideas to meet the challenges of space exploration. The 2019 eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge supports NASA’s efforts to develop technologies and capabilities that will enable future human missions throughout our solar system. In collaboration with the National Space Grant Foundation, NASA will offer competitively selected awards of $15,000 to $50,000 for the development of studies, functional products, and solutions to enhance the human exploration of space. Entries are due April 27, 2018.

Opportunity: Call For Papers – 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention
Deadline: June 30, 2018

Description: Presentations for the 21st Annual International Mars Society Convention are invited dealing with all matters (science, engineering, politics, economics, public policy, etc.) associated with the human exploration and settlement of the planet Mars. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent by June 30, 2018 to: The Mars Society, 11111 West 8th Avenue, Unit A, Lakewood, CO 80215 or via email to: abstracts@marssociety.org.

Opportunity: Project Mars International Art And Film Contest
Deadline: August 31, 2018

Description: Early career professionals and college students are invited to submit a poster or short film to the Project Mars International Art and Film Contest. Entries should creatively envision what astronauts may experience when traveling to Mars. A sustainable crew presence in deep space will require the best of NASA, our international partners and the private sector. Therefore, the agency is studying its deep space gateway concept with U.S. industry and space station partners for potential future collaborations. Entrants should imagine this journey as part of their film or poster submissions. The winning short film will be selected by a team of film industry judges including Gareth Edwards, director of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The winning poster will be chosen by a graphic design team of judges including Joshua Grossberg, creative director of the McCann New York advertising agency.