Engagement Opportunities in NASASTEM 2022 (EONS–2022)

Appendix J: MAIANSECONNECTing Indigenous Culture and Science
through Co-design of STEM Ecosystems (MAIANSECONNECT)


This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) entitled Engagement Opportunities in NASASTEM (EONS) – 2022, solicits proposals for competitive funding opportunities in support of the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) administered by NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM). EONS-2022 is an omnibus announcement that includes a wide range of NASASTEM Engagement opportunities for basic and applied science and technology research and education. Specific opportunities will be issued periodically throughout the year as Appendices to this solicitation with individual requirements and milestones.

The following Appendix to EONS-2022 has been released: Appendix J: MAIANSECONNECT

– Proposals due Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 11:59pm Eastern Time

NASA OSTEM’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) for American Indian and Alaska Native STEM Engagement CONNECTing Indigenous Culture and Science Through Co-design of STEM Ecosystems (MAIANSECONNECT) solicits proposals from Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTIs), and Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (ANNHs), as identified by the U.S. Department of Education, to develop STEM ecosystems through the creation of co-designed STEM engagement activities with a focus on weaving NASA unique assets with community needs and partnerships. MAIANSECONNECT seeks proposals which include curriculum development, research activities, and student engagement with an overall goal to broaden participation in STEM.

Level 1 Awards will be funded up to $75K per year for a period of performance of two (2) years. This award level shall include STEM engagement activities (see link above for details in Appendix J, Section J.2.1).

Level 2 Awards will be funded between $200-250K per year for a minimum period of performance of three (3) years, with the opportunity to extend performance for a maximum of five (5) years (subject to program approval and available funding). This award level shall include research activities and curriculum design collaborations with any of the NASA Mission Directorates.

For general inquiries, contact: MAIANSE-CONNECT@nasaprs.com .

A pre-proposal teleconference for the MAIANSECONNECT opportunity will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. During this session, the MAIANSECONNECT team will give an in-depth overview of the opportunity and highlight information contained in the EONS 2022 document regarding proposal preparation and requirements. Please visit the MAIANSECONNECT landing page in NSPIRES for information on how to join the call. Any changes to this session will be posted here as well; you are strongly advised to check for updates prior to the call.

For more information regarding this opportunity, please visit the ENGAGEMENTOPPORTUNITIES IN NASASTEM (EONS-2022) page on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and click on ‘List of Open Program Elements’.