At the direction of the U.S. Congress, NASA established the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program to:

  • National Space Grant LogoEstablish a national network of universities with interest and capabilities in aeronautics, space, and related fields.
  • Encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and federal, state, and local governments. 
  • Encourage interdisciplinary training, research, and public service programs related to aeronautics, space science and technology.
  • Recruit and train professionals, especially women, and underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace related fields.
  • Develop a strong science, mathematics, and technology education base from elementary through university levels.

Under the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, a network of public and private colleges and universities are joined by space-related industry, state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to promote space science and engineering. NASA manages this program and funds Space Grant Consortia in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

Click to view the 2023 OSGC Bylaws

Click to view the Guidelines for Space Grant Director/Lead Institution Changes

NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) Focus Areas

  • Create unique opportunities for students and the public to contribute to NASA’s work in exploration and discovery.
  • Build a diverse future STEM workforce by engaging students in authentic learning experiences with NASA people, content, and facilities.
  • Strengthen public understanding by enabling powerful connections to NASA’s mission and work.