NASA awards USD 587,000 in planning grants to minority serving institutions

NASA has announced that, through its Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP), part of the agency´s Office of STEM Engagement, it has awarded 14 planning grants to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), the agency said.

The grants, totaling more than USD 587,000, are part of a phased partnership effort with the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The objectives of this planning project are to create a concept paper for broadening participation in aerospace engineering via a coalition of MSIs, high schools, private sector, libraries, nonprofit, state and governmental organizations, as well as to create a comprehensive action plan with detailed intervention activities, by testing and assessing the impacts of various approaches during this planning stage.

NASA´s Minority University Research and Education Project supports the training and development of students and faculty at MSIs in STEM fields by providing opportunities for research and education that inspires and prepares minority students for STEM careers.

An integral part of this mission, NASA MUREP INCLUDES was established to strengthen and develop the research capacity and infrastructure of minority-serving institutions in areas of strategic importance and value to NASA´s mission and national priorities.