NASA Funding Opportunity
January 9, 2013.
NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMP+)Who is eligible: Non-profit institutions located in the USA or US territories
Full proposals due: April 9, 2013 The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers and other informal education institutions via this 2013 NASA Research Announcement,: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities, or CP4SMP+, Announcement Number NNH13ZHA001N. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, or NSPIRES, or Grants.gov. Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, education, including exhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMP+ is a competitive, high-quality national program. The basic goal of the CP4SMP+ solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Goal 6: Share NASA with the public, educators and students to provide opportunities to participate in our mission, foster innovation and contribute to a strong national economy. A primary, but not the only, subgoal of this solicitation is to achieve NASA's flagship investment in Outcome 6.2: Promote STEM literacy through strategic partnerships with formal and informal organizations. Eligible institutions do not need to have the words "museum," "visitor center," "science" or "planetarium" in their official names, but must be located in the United States or its territories. See the NRA for full eligibility requirements and other limitations. Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn if amendments or frequently asked questions, or FAQs, have been added. Amendments and FAQs also will be announced via the NASA Education Express Listserv. For more information about this opportunity, visit NSPIRES. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the contacts listed within the NRA.
In July, our first Beginners' Session using the [Digitarium Alpha] planetarium was a big hit -- it was hard to get people to go outside and look at the REAL stars, although it was a beautiful night.
— Catherine Koehler, Battle Point Astronomical Association, Bainbridge Island, WA