Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington
Marny Skora
Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va.
June 10, 2009
RELEASE : 09-131
NASA Announces Climate Change Education Funding Opportunity
WASHINGTON -- NASA has announced a new funding opportunity that could result in the award of cooperative agreements for projects designed to educate students, teachers and lifelong learners about global climate change.

Proposals for Global Climate Change Education: Research Experiences, Teaching and Learning are expected to leverage NASA's unique contributions in climate and Earth system science to enhance students' academic experiences and improve educators' abilities to engage and stimulate their students. A particular emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for students to investigate the climate system using NASA Earth observation data and NASA Earth system models.

Notices of Intent to propose to this announcement are strongly encouraged and due by July 2. Full proposals are due Aug. 3. The anticipated total amount of funds available for new awards is approximately $8 million.

This funding opportunity supports NASA's goal to engage students in the critical disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Proposals that offer innovative approaches for using NASA resources in support of elementary, secondary, undergraduate and lifelong teaching and learning are sought.

Proposals will be accepted under three funding categories:
- Improving teacher competency for global climate change education
- Using NASA Earth system data and models to strengthen teaching and learning about global climate change
- Enabling global climate change science research experiences for undergraduate or community college students and pre- or in-service teachers, including those in nontraditional teacher licensure programs

Proposals will be accepted from higher education institutions, state agencies, local agencies, or federally recognized tribal government agencies; public school districts; and nonprofit organizations. NASA centers, federal agencies, federally funded research and development centers, education-related companies, and other institutions may apply through partnership with a qualifying lead organization.

This is the second competitive announcement for NASA's Global Climate Change Education project, which was initiated in fiscal year 2008.

For detailed information about the opportunity, click on "Open Solicitations" and look for "Global Climate Change Education (GGCE): Research Experiences, Teaching & Learning" or solicitation NNL09ZB1005C at:


For more information about NASA's education programs, visit:



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