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May 31, 1990

SPACE GRANT COLLEGE AND FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM PHASE II ANNOUNCED

NASA today announced a second competition under the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Phase II, which will result in the selection of Space Grant State Consortia, provides all states not now a part of the program the opportunity to compete. The District of Columbia and Puerto Rico also are eligible. The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program was authorized by Congress to help strengthen and enhance, through the nation's universities, U.S. capabilities in aerospace science and technology. Objectives of the program are: (1) to establish a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields; (2) to encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry and federal, state and local government; (3) to encourage interdisciplinary training, research and public-service programs related to aerospace; (4) to recruit and train professionals, especially women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology; and (5) to promote a strong science, mathematics and technology education base from elementary through university levels. In 1989, NASA Administrator Richard H. Truly implemented

Phase I of the program by selecting 21 universities and consortia as Designated Space Grant Colleges and Consortia. These universities and consortia currently are carrying out activities designed to achieve program objectives.

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Under Phase II, states can compete for grants in one of two categories. Program Grants are appropriate for states that presently have colleges and universities with nationally competitive aerospace research and educational capability. Funds will be used for initiating new programs and enhancing existing activities which contribute to the goals of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Capability Enhancement Grants are appropriate for states wishing to use the funds to develop their aerospace research infrastructure to more competitive levels. Grants of $150,000, part of which must be matched with non-federal funds, will be awarded annually for 4 years to state consortia in both categories. Grantees in both categories will administer fellowship programs for students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. NASA will accept only one proposal per state. To insure that only one proposal per state is submitted for evaluation, each institution wishing to participate is required to submit to NASA a letter of intent specifying the university's interest in participating and willingness to collaborate with other interested institutions in the state. NASA will notify interested parties so that collaboration may proceed. Letters of intent are due by June 29, 1990. Proposals are due Oct. 29, 1990. NASA will announce Phase II grant recipients

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