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Opportunity for Montana IHEs to Participate in STEM-Based Programs

Campus Development Opportunity


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Funding Source
Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) - Autonomous Aerial Systems Office (AASO)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Montana

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/14/24 5:00 PM MST Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for Montana institutions of higher education to participate in a program that will improve STEM education. Funding is intended to offer teams of participants at eligible campuses the chance to develop programming in one of three different areas - electronics, astronomy, and drones - and to help them increase NASA-related capabilities.

In partnership with the University of Montana's Autonomous Aerial Systems Office (AASO), MSGC is sponsoring and coordinating a pilot of the Campus Development opportunities. The April 2024 Pilot Campus Development will focus on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), more commonly referred to as drones. For program topics and additional information see the Full Grant Text RFP link. 

The goal of the Campus Development program is for smaller Affiliate Institutions to develop or improve STEM programming on their campuses to either enrich existing curricula or create new initiatives for students. Four teams/campuses of four members will be selected to participate in each Campus Development, which provides necessary supplies and training. 

Each opportunity will take place on a host campus selected from the awarded applicants. MSGC will provide travel expenses from the participant's home campus to the host campus that include mileage reimbursement, hotel, and meals. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
MSGC is offering this opportunity to its smaller Affiliate Campuses (not including MSU, UM, or Tech).

Each team must include at least two faculty or staff members and can include a maximum of two students. One alternative person can be named to replace a listed team member in case of emergencies.

Each small Affiliate Institution can apply for any one of the three areas and select four individuals to attend one campus development.

Additional Geographic Information:

Map of Affiliates:

Pre-Application Information
Applications for the pilot Campus Development are due by February 14, 2024, at 5 pm MT. Teams will be notified by February 19.

There will be a Campus Development in each of the three areas in the 2024 - 2025 Academic Year with a pilot of the UAS in the spring of 2024. MSGC hopes to spread the opportunities among many campuses; each institution should not plan to participate in more than one Campus Development.

This opportunity requires cost-share per NASA regulations by each participating campus:
- Electronic cost-share: Each campus must purchase an Altium printed circuit board (PCB) software license and have a dedicated area for students to use the supplies.
- Astronomy cost-share: Each campus must have a designated area established for a telescope and install a telescope mount there.
- UAS cost-share: Each campus must purchase or supply a drone. The cost-share value must be at least $1,250.

Number of Grants
Four teams/campuses of four members will be selected to participate in each Campus Development

Estimated Size of Grant
MSGC Will Provide
- Travel expenses from the home campus to the host campus that include mileage reimbursement, hotel, and meals. Ride-sharing will be required.
- Qualified Instructor: MSGC will pay for an experienced instructor, who will travel to the host campus for training.
- Necessary equipment and supplies that are not covered in the cost-share.
a. Electronics: Microscope, oscilloscope, soldering station, stock items, and a 3D printer.
b. Astronomy: Advanced telescope and eyepieces.
c. UAS: Sensors, two 107 Pilot license fees at $175 each, and shared licenses for the Pix4D image processing software.

Term of Contract
Instructional Dates for Pilot Program: April 13-14 and April 20-21, 2024.

Each opportunity will take place over two weekends, a Saturday and a Sunday, for a total of four days.

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