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Gretchen Cook-Anderson
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836)

January 23, 2004
RELEASE : 04-033
NASA Funds Work Force Development Projects
NASA has selected 43 consortia in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) to receive funding in 2004 for aerospace work force development.

The agency is awarding $3.75 million in response to proposals submitted by state organizations to NASA's Office of Education in Washington. Awards are in two categories: single-state proposals (42) and multi-state proposals (4 awards for 16 states).

The consortia were selected based on a competitive evaluation of their plans to enlarge and enhance the "pipeline," or resource pool, of higher education graduates and faculty involved with NASA as employees, contractors or principal investigators. In support of the agency's vision and mission, this program will increase the number and diversity of highly qualified individuals knowledgeable of NASA's research mission.

"These awards will allow Space Grant to continue its work of attracting talented individuals who are qualified and trained to make significant contributions to the agency's mission," said Dr. Adena Loston, NASA's Associate Administrator for Education. "These efforts advance our commitment, in President Bush's words, to inspire a 'new generation of innovators and pioneers.'"

The National Space Grant Program, mandated by Congress in 1989, consists of 52 consortia in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. All carry out programs in education, research and public service.

NASA received 52 single-state and seven multi-state proposals in response to this Space Grant program announcement. The proposals were reviewed using criteria that included merit of the activities, relationships with NASA Centers, potential impact to the student pipeline, workforce development, and effective evaluation methods. The awards range from $11,500 to $100,000 and average $68,000 for single-state programs. Multi-state awards range from $40,000 to $175,000.

For a list of the Space Grant recipients for 2004 on the Internet, visit:

For information about other NASA education programs on the Internet, visit:

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