Undergraduate Team Experience Award Program


2021-22 Solicitation is NOw open

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Each year, OSGC provides awards to undergraduate team projects that are student-led, STEM based research projects that provide a unique hands-on student experience. Funded projects support NASA's mission and vision, and align with NASA's top research priorities and challenges facing NASA Mission Directorates.

Click to download a printable version of the 2021-22 Undergraduate Team Experience Award Program Call for Proposals


Student teams at Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium’s (OSGC) affiliated institutions are invited to submit proposals to the OSGC Undergraduate Team Experience Award Program. The intent of the Undergraduate Team Experience Award Program is to fund student-led, research projects that develop a diverse, capable, and prepared workforce in aerospace-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and provide a unique student team experience. Projects should be hands-on STEM based research 1) supporting NASA’s vision to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind; 2) aligning with NASA’s mission to drive advances in science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration to enhance knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality and stewardship of Earth; and 3) providing relevant contributions towards solving NASA Mission Directorate challenges and aligning with top research priorities.

Projects are not required to, but may lead to participation in a national and regional student competition. Potential projects include, but are not limited to, the NASA Micro-g NExT Challenge, NASA University Student Launch Initiative, AIAA Experimental Sounding Rocket Association Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition, Base 11 Space Challenge, NASA Lunabotics Competition, NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, and the RockOn!, RockSat-C, or RockSat-X Space Grant/NASA Wallops Programs. Participation of female, underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM fields, and persons with disabilities is strongly encouraged; OSGC strives to make awards congruent with state demographics of 45% female and 15.9% underrepresented minorities in STEM. Please take these metrics into consideration when forming teams; preference will be given to teams comprised of a diverse membership. As part of their projects, teams are encouraged to include a K-12 outreach component to deliver activities remotely or in-person depending on the current situation related to COVID-19.


Amount and Duration of Awards

A total of $85,000 will be competitively awarded to student teams for the 2021-22 funding cycle. If awarded, all work must be completed by June 30, 2022. 


Proposal Guidelines

  • Teams may submit requests for funding up to $10,000 per team. A minimum 1:1.5 match obligation is required and is non-negotiable. Cost share above the minimum amount is acceptable. Matching funds include donations, discounts, team travel contributions, and faculty advisor time from non-federal sources. The criteria and procedures for the allowability and allocability of cash and non-cash contributions are governed by 2 CFR 200.306. The applicable Federal cost principles are cited in Subpart E, and are incorporated by reference.
  • Funding requests may include supplies, parts, registration fees and/or lodging accommodations related to the project competition/workshop. Airfare costs may be included in the proposal; teams sign off on a travel agreement when the award is accepted. Equipment purchases (over $5,000) are not allowable expenses for this program.
  • Submitted proposals must include documentation of support and approval from the applicant’s department and their institution’s Sponsored Programs Office. Please allow extra time for this process. Exceptions to application date will not be made due to proposals held up in Sponsored Programs. NOTE: OSU is the OSGC host institution; therefore, OSU teams submitting proposals are not required to seek approval from the OSU Office of Sponsored Programs.
  • Allowability of domestic travel is contingent upon circumstances related to COVID-19 at the time of the competition/workshop. Expenditures for foreign travel are prohibited, nor can these expenses be applied to the project’s cost share requirements. 

Note: Oregon Space Grant Consortium’s obligation to make awards is contingent upon availability of funds from the NASA National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program through the NASA Office of STEM Engagement.



  • Recognized student teams from OSGC affiliate institutions are eligible to apply.
  • All students participating in the project must be enrolled at an Oregon Space Grant affiliate institution. The list of OSGC affiliate institutions is found on the OSGC website at http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/members-oregon-nasa-space-grant-consortium.
  • Participation of females, underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM fields, and persons with disabilities is strongly encouraged; preference will be given to teams with a diverse membership. Interdisciplinary collaboration is encouraged.
  • All students participating in the project must be U.S. citizens.


Proposal Requirements

Proposals should be single-spaced, using standard 8½ x 11 paper, in font not smaller than 12-point with a minimum of 1” margins. All pages must be numbered sequentially.

  • Cover Page (Page limit: As needed): Include 1) Project Title/Team Name; 2) Institution; 3) Team Lead/contact information (address, phone, and email); 4) Team Faculty Advisor/Mentor/contact information (address, phone, and email); and 5) Date of Submission.
  • Project Description (Page limit: 3 pages): Succinctly describe proposed research including methodologies and approaches. Summarize the scholarly and creative aspects of the project and how they support your educational objectives. What are the expected outcomes from your research (e. g. senior thesis, participation in industry competition, increased understanding of research, art exhibition, etc.), and how will you achieve these outcomes?
  • Synergy (Page limit: 1 page): Describe the aspects of the project that enhance the collaborative learning experience between your team and your project advisor. Describe any leveraging opportunities the project will provide for funding or further research. Will the project lead to additional opportunities for either the team or the advisor that would not have otherwise been developed, or is the activity being used as a mechanism to fund a project such as a senior thesis or capstone?
  • Aerospace/Space Science Relevancy (Page limit: 1 page): Briefly describe how your research supports the mission/vision of NASA and how it substantively ties to the top research priorities of one or more of NASA Mission Directorates. See Appendix A. Strategic Framework for NASA and Appendix B. Research Priorities for NASA Mission Directorates. For a detailed description of NASA’s mission, history, and future plans, visit the NASA website at http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/what_does_nasa_do.html.
  • Timeline (Page limit: 1 page): Provide a timeline of important milestones and deadlines for completion of the project.
  • Budget (Page limit: As needed): The budget must reflect a clear alignment with the content and text of the proposal. Include match support as a separate column. Make sure the funding ask from OSGC is clear.
  • Team Lead’s Current Resume (Page limit: 2 pages).
  • List of Team Members (Page limit: As needed): Include names and emails of student team members who will be involved with the program. Students who are listed should complete an online Student Profile Form prior to proposal submission: https://spacegrant.net/forms/?form=osgc3.
  • Project Faculty Advisor/Mentor Statement of Support (Page limit: 2 pages). The faculty advisor must provide a Statement of Support acknowledging their role and expectations as advisor for the project and approval of the timeline, budget, and proposal as submitted.


Deliverables if Awarded

  • Letter of Acceptance: Team agrees to sign a letter of acceptance providing 1) the team lead name and contact information; 2) the point of contact with Space Grant if different than the team lead; 3) a complete list of all team members who are significantly involved with the project; 4) verification of team members’ US citizenship; 5) travel agreement (travel is contingent upon circumstances related to COVID-19), and 6) signature from the team’s mentor agreeing to the accepted responsibilities and deliverables of the award.
  • Student Symposium: The team agrees to provide a poster and presentation for participation in the Fall OSGC Student Symposium, scheduled for November 2022. The Student Symposium will be virtual or in Corvallis dependent upon COVID-19 related circumstances at the time of the event.
  • Final Report: A final report describing the execution of the project, the outcome of the competition, evaluation and analysis of the results, budget expenditures including match funds, and list of publications arising from the work is due August 30th, 60 days after award ends.
  • The team agrees to notify OSGC of any changes in team lead/point-of-contact or changes to mailing address, email, and telephone number for contact purposes.
  • The team grants permission to release and/or publish requested recipient information to NASA or other appropriate parties.
  • OSGC must be cited as a source of funding in all publications resulting from the team’s work using the phrase “…supported in part through NASA/Oregon Space Grant Consortium, cooperative agreement 80NSSC20M0035”.


Submission Guidelines

Submit an electronic file of the complete proposal package with signatures (Microsoft Word or PDF) by close of business, Friday, November 19, 2021 via email to: Catherine Lanier, Associate Director, OSGC [email protected]; subject line UG Team Experience Proposal_Insert School Name.


Schedule of Awards

Proposals will be reviewed by the selection committee and award announcements will be made by December 3, 2021.


Appendix A. Strategic Framework for NASA

I. NASA’s Vision

To discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity

II. NASA’s Mission

Lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and bring new knowledge and opportunities back to Earth. Support growth of the Nation’s economy in space and aeronautics, increase understanding of the universe and our place in it, work with industry to improve America’s aerospace technologies, and advance American leadership.

III. Four strategic themes are the foundation for the 2018 Strategic Plan and NASA’s goals:

DISCOVER – Expand human knowledge through new scientific discoveries
EXPLORE – Extend human presence deeper into space and to the Moon for sustainable long-term exploration and utilization
DEVELOP – Address national challenges and catalyze economic growth
ENABLE – Optimize capabilities and operations

NASA Strategic Plan 2018: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/nasa_2018_strategic_plan.pdf

IV: NASA’s vision and mission draw support from the organizational structure of the Mission Directorates, each with a specific responsibility.

NASA’s Mission Directorates

Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD): transforms aviation with research to dramatically reduce the environmental impact of flight, and improves aircraft and operations efficiency while maintaining safety in increasingly crowded skies. ARMD also generates innovative aviation concepts, tools, and technologies for development and maturation by the aviation community. https://www.nasa.gov/aeroresearch

Human Exploration and Operations (HEOMD): leads human exploration in and beyond low Earth orbit by developing new transportation systems and performing scientific research to enable sustained and affordable human life outside of Earth. HEOMD also manages space communication and navigation services for the Agency and its international partners. http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/

Science Mission Directorate (SMD): expands the frontiers of Earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics. Using robotic observatories, explorer craft, ground-based instruments, and a peer-reviewed portfolio of sponsored research, SMD seeks knowledge about our solar system, the farthest reaches of space and time, and our changing Earth. http://science.nasa.gov/

Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD): pursues transformational technologies that have high potential for offsetting future mission risk, reducing cost, and advancing existing capabilities. STMD uses merit-based competition to conduct research and technology development, demonstration, and infusion of these technologies into NASA’s missions and American industry. This mission directorate is being refocused as a new Exploration Research & Technology (ER&T) organization to support exploration as a primary customer. http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/home/index.html.

The Mission Support Directorate (MSD): enables the Agency’s missions by managing institutional services and capabilities. MSD is actively reducing institutional risk to NASA’s current and future missions by improving processes, stimulating efficiency, and providing consistency and uniformity across institutional standards and practices. https://www.nasa.gov/msd.


Appendix B. Research Priorities for NASA Mission Directorates

See current solicitation for detailed Mission Directorate descriptions

Click to download the current solicitation


Past Awardees and Projects:


  • AIAA Design Build Fly | Oregon State University
  • Autonomous Unmanned Vehicle Systems & Intelligent Robotics (AUVSIR) | Oregon Institute of Technology
  • High Altitude CubeSat Experiment (HACX) Oregon Institute of Technology
  • High Altitude Liquid Engine (HALE) Team | Oregon State University
  • Launch Vehicle 4: Airframe Design | Portland State University
  • Liquid Bi Propellent Propulsion System | Portland State University
  • NASA Lunabotics | University of Portland
  • OreSat Live: Space-based STEM | Portland State University
  • Test Stand Automation | Portland State University
  • University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) | Oregon State University


  • AIAA Design Build Fly | Oregon State University
  • Aquaponics as a Food Source for Long-term Interplanetary and Lunar Expeditions | Portland Community College Southeast Campus
  • Design and Test of the OreSat Cirrus Flux Camera | Portland State University
  • High Altitude Liquid Engine (HALE) | Oregon State University
  • Liquid Crystal Solar Cells from Plant Pigments | Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • NASA Lunabotics 2020 | University of Portland
  • NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) | Oregon State University
  • Redesigning the Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) Liquid Fuel Engine | Portland State University
  • RockSat-C 2020 | Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Space Debris Detection CubeSat Payload | Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Surface Autonomous Vehicle for Emergency Response (SAVER): Micro-g NExT 2020 Orion Crew Safety Design Challenge | Linn-Benton Community College
  • Thermal Testing of Oregon’s First Satellite | Portland State University
  • Thrust Vectoring Toroidal Aerospike Development | Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Torqued Ducks: Magnetic Torque System for OreSat | University of Oregon


  • Creating a Nutrient Map of Empire Lakes | Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • High Altitude Liquid Engine Team (HALE)/Base 11 Space Challenge | Oregon State University
  • Oregon Tech Rocketry and Aerospace: Modular Rocket System/Spaceport America Competition | Oregon Institute of Technology
  • NASA 2019 Robotic Mining Competition | University of Portland
  • NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) Competition | Oregon State University
  • OreSat Thermal Analysis: The Thermal Analysis of a 2U CubeSat in Low Earth Orbit | Portland State University
  • Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) Electromechanical Recovery System/Base 11 Space Challenge | Portland State University
  • Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) Flight Ready Electric Feed System/Base 11 Space Challenge | Portland State University
  • Portland State Aerospace Society (PSAS) Integration and Testing of a Liquid Propellant Engine/Base 11 Space Challenge | Portland State University


  • Oregon Tech Rocketry and Aerospace Liquid Rocket Engine Development, Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls
  • RockOn! 2018 Program, Oregon Institute of Technology Wilsonville
  • Oregon Tech Rocketry and Aerospace Rocket Engine Test Stand Development, Oregon Institue of Technology Klamath Falls
  • OSU Rocket Team/NASA University Student Launch Initative, Oregon State University
  • OreSat Attitude Control System, Portland State University
  • OreSat Structural Design: The Design, Build, and Test of a 2U CubeSat, Portland State University
  • MARS Team/NASA Robotics Mining Competition, University of Portland


  • Experimental Sounding Rocket Association (ESRA) Spaceport America Cup, Oregon State University
  • RockSat-X 2017 Hephaestus, Oregon State University
  • High Altitude Balloon Eclipse Constellation Team: Path of Totality, Portland State University
  • Micro-Radial Jet Engine, University of Portland
  • Portland State Aerospace Society Cryogenic Fuel Tank, Portland State University
  • Portland State Aerospace Society Liquid Fueled Engine Test Stand, Portland State University


  • RockOn! NASA Wallops Workshop, Oregon Institute of Technology
  • RockSat-C NASA Wallops, Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University


  • RockSat-C NASA Wallops, Linn-Benton Community College, "Detection and Measurement of Gamma Radiation with the Capability of Detecting and Measuring Polarization"
  • RockSat-C NASA Wallops, Oregon State University, "Waterbears"


  • RockOn! NASA Wallops Workshop, Linn-Benton Community College
  • RockOn! NASA Wallops Workshop, Oregon Institute of Technology
  • RockOn! NASA Wallops Workshop, Oregon State University


  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."
  • Oregon State Space Society (OSSS), Oregon State University, "Rocket-Boosted Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Project."
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Oregon State University, "Design/Build/Fly Competition."


  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Underwater ROV Project, MATE 2012 "International ROV Competition"
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."


  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."


  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."


  • Aerial Robotics Team, Oregon State University, "International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC)."
  • Mars Rover Team, Oregon State University, "University Rover Challenge."
  • Pico Satellite Project, Oregon State University