The intent of the NASA Summer Faculty Research Opportunities (NSFRO) is to provide faculty, who have limited NASA research
experience, an opportunity to engage in research at one of the participating NASA Centers or the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
NSFRO research experiences support the new space exploration vision for America’s Civil Space Program—a return to the Moon, missions to
Mars, and journeys beyond, including NASA's exploration, science, space operations, and aeronautics research missions.
The participation of fellows can be funded three different ways:
NASA Office of Education, Higher Education Division has expanded two of its current research based programs to incorporate summer
faculty research opportunities in summer 2005. The two sponsoring programs are:
* The Faculty Awards for Research (FAR)
The FAR Program is an essential part of a portfolio of programs implemented by the NASA Office of Education, Higher Education Division
to support the White House Initiatives for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)
and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) collectively referred to as Minority Institutions (MIs). Since 1992, the FAR program has
been instrumental in jumpstarting research careers for faculty at minority institutions. The NSFRO will replace the FAR Planning Grant
Awards previously available through the FAR program.
* The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant)
The Space Grant Program funds education, research, and public service programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico through 52 university-based Space Grant consortia. Space Grant programs emphasize the diversity of human
resources, the participation of students in research, and the communication of the benefits of scientific discoveries to the general
public. Space Grant consortia also fund curriculum enhancement and faculty development programs.
* Center funding will also support qualified applicants from any accredited two- or four-year college or university.
Although the participation of a fellow can be funded three different ways this does not affect the way fellows apply through this
program. All applicants are required to fill out the online application.
Any selected faculty and corresponding NASA colleague interested in adding a student to the team must provide the necessary funds
and office space. Students are selected by the faculty and the NASA colleague and cannot apply to this program.
Fellowships are awarded to qualified faculty members in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) disciplines for work on
collaborative research projects of mutual interest to the fellow and the NASA center or JPL. Each fellow will work with a colleague
from the NASA Center or JPL.
The NASA Summer Faculty Research Opportunities is jointly administered by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and
the Universities Space Research Association (USRA).
Please Note: Only U. S. citizens are eligible to apply!
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