Higher Education

We support research and educational programs for higher education faculty that currently include our Space Grant Research Infrastructure Seed Grant Program, Minority serving Institution Collaboration and an undergraduate Maine Student High Altitude Platform (MeSHAP) Program involving high altitude ballooning at the University of Maine.

We also support faculty in Maine higher education institutions in innovative projects that use evidence-based approaches to develop new or enhance existing STEM courses or course contents to promote undergraduate student engagement, learning and academic success, through our Higher Education Innovation in STEM Education Program.


NOW OPEN – September 2015

We are pleased to announce that MSGC’s new Program – Integration of Research in Undergraduate STEM Curriculum (IRUSC) – is now open!  This program is modeled after the Curriculum Improvements Partnership Award for the Integration of Research in Undergraduate Curriculum (CIPAIR), except on a smaller scale!

The goal of the IRUSC program is to support our higher education affiliates  in improving their STEM curricula to help students gain the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in their STEM careers

Competitive proposals must include strategies to  1) establish or strengthen faculty relationships with NASA centers, 2) integrate NASA-related content and research opportunities into the curriculum, 3) involve students in program development and improvement and 4) increase student retention.

Download the 2015 Integration of Research in Undergraduate STEM Curriculum Program  Request for Proposals to view proposal guidelines and important dates.



Research Infrastructure

Minority Collaboration Program

MeSHAP-High Altitude Ballooning Program