IDEAS Grant Program
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its' Mission Science Directorate (MSD) [formerly the Office of Space Science (OSS) and Office of Earth Science (OES)] have developed a comprehensive approach to providing education and public outreach (E/PO) to enhance the public's understanding of space science.

Image to right: IDEAS is the Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy and Space Science. Credit: NASA

NASA and MSD have incorporated these objectives as integral components of all missions and research programs. There are four documents that establish the basic E/PO policies and guidelines, as follows: The Initiative to Develop Education through Astronomy and Space Science (IDEAS) Grant Program is a unique component of the OSS E/PO Strategy that is administered by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). The IDEAS grant program is an independent education and public outreach grant program that does not have direct attachment to a science research program. The spirit of IDEAS is to provide start-up funding to explore innovative, creative ways to integrate astronomy and space science into United States education and public outreach venues through partnerships between the astronomers/space scientists and education professionals.

The range of funding available through the IDEAS Grant Program is:
  • Up to $20,000 for programs to be completed in one year. (Programs may request additional time, up to two years, due to school schedules, etc. which the panel review team will consider.), or

  • From $20,001 to $50,000 for programs which may request up to two years to complete.
The deadline for submitting a 2004 IDEAS proposal is October 22, 2004, 5 p.m. ET.

2004 IDEAS Call for Proposals
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Previously funded IDEAS programs
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Any questions or comments should be emailed to ideas@stsci.edu.

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