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NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO)

This solicitation, first released in September of 2019, replaces the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships solicitation. NSTGRO20 marks the tenth consecutive year that NASA’s Space Technology Mission directorate seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration and economic future. NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers will perform innovative, space technology research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers. Awards are made in the form of grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees, with the faculty advisor serving as the principal investigator.

In addition to his/her faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a technically relevant and community-engaged NASA Subject Matter Expert, who will serve as the student’s research collaborator. The research collaborator will serve as the conduit into the larger technical community corresponding to the student’s space technology research area.

The visiting technologist experience is an integral part of an NSTGRO award, during which the NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers perform their research at NASA Centers. Through this experience, NSTGRO graduate researchers will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with leading engineers and scientists in their chosen area of research; they will be able to take advantage of broader and/or deeper space technology research opportunities directly related to their academic and career objectives, acquire a more detailed understanding of the potential end applications of their space technology efforts, and directly disseminate their research results within the NASA technical community.

Annual NSTGRO solicitations are planned; NSTGRO will be released via NSPIRES. For an example of the NSTGRO proposal submission process, we recommend you look at the documentation associated with the past solicitation Please note the solicitation includes a table of eligibility profiles, one of which a proposer must meet in order to be eligible to submit a proposal. 

Note: NSTGRO replaced the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) in 2020. 

Please direct questions about the NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities opportunity to:

NSTGRO 2024 Awards

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NSTGRO 2021 Awards

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NSTRF 2019 Awards

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NSTRF 2016 Awards

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NSTRF 2013 Awards

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