NASA SMD, the University of Arizona, the University of Michigan, JPL, and the Heising-Simons Foundation are organizing a virtual workshop in June of 2021 for researchers and engineers who would like to submit a NASA space mission proposal in the next few years but don’t know where to start. We are interested in broadening the pool of potential NASA space mission PI’s. People with marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no cost to attend the workshop.

PI Launchpad applications and instructions on how to apply are available on the NSPIRES website. Applications may be submitted via NSPIRES until 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 22nd, 2021. All applications must be submitted as a “Notice of Intent” via NSPIRES as a self-contained PDF file that includes your name, organization, and contact information. To submit an application, an NSPIRES account is required. To create a new account, please see the NSPIRES User Registration Page.

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Important Dates:

  • Applications due on NSPIRES: March 22nd, 2021
  • Selections made no later than: May 3rd, 2021
  • Workshop Dates: June 14th-June 26th
  • Workshop Location: Virtual via WebEx