Terri Sindelar Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

(Phone: 202/453-8400) RELEASE: 91-19

February 6, 1991 Embargoed until 2 p.m. ET

TWENTY-SIX SPACE GRANT STATE CONSORTIA SELECTED NASA today announced the selection of 26 Space Grant State Consortia, resulting from the Phase II competition of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. These newly selected consortia represent 132 colleges, universities and industrial partners, bringing the total number of participating institutions to more than 300 in 46 states and the District of Columbia. In keeping with the Space Grant objective to form a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields, Phase II geographically broadens participation and includes institutions with modest aerospace activity as well as institutions with substantial NASA involvement. Phase II - the Space Grant State Consortia - offers previously nondesignated states the opportunity to receive either Space Grant Program Grants or Capability Enhancement Grants. Space Grant Program Grants were targeted to states with colleges and universities involved in nationally competitive aerospace research and educational programs. The 4-year, $150,000-per-year grant will be used to initiate new programs and strengthen existing capabilities. The 14 recipients of program grants are Alaska, Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. Capability Enhancement Grants were targeted to states with limited aerospace activity. The 4-year, $150,000 annual grant will be used to enhance aerospace research and education infrastructure. The 12 recipients are Arkansas, Connecticut, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, South Carolina and West Virginia.

- more - 2 Both grants require partial matching non-federal funds and will be used in part to sponsor fellowship programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Interested educational institutions collaborated and submitted one proposal per state. 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. In 1989, NASA implemented Phase I of the program by selecting 21 universities and consortia with notable capabilities in aerospace research, education and public service as Designated Space Grant Colleges and Consortia. NASA Administrator Richard H. Truly said, "The 21 designated consortia along with the newly selected 26 state consortia encompass over 300 colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, industry, national laboratories and state governments, and together will have a significant educational impact throughout the nation. NASA and the aerospace community are committed to cooperative, measurable and longterm improvements in the nation's math and science education." Objectives of the program are: to establish a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields; to encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry and federal, state and local governments; to encourage interdisciplinary training, research and public-service programs related to aerospace; to recruit and train professionals, especially women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology; and to promote a strong science, mathematics and technology education base from elementary through university levels.

A list of consortium institutions can be obtained by phoning the NASA Headquarters Newsroom on 202/453-8400. - end NOTE TO EDITORS: News media are invited to attend the second National Space Grant Conference, March 11-15, at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. Representatives from the 47 Space Grant State Consortia will participate.