Overview of SD Space Grant Consortium
Was established March 1, 1991 by a NASA Capability Enhancement Grant. The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program was founded by the Congress of the United States of America via the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Act. Click here for 1) 2014 NASA Strategic Plan, 2) NASA Education Implementation Plan (2015-2017), and 3) NASA Education Strategic Coordination Framework (2007).
There are 52 Space Grant Consortia across the country. NASA distinguishes between "designated" and "non-designated" states. South Dakota is a non-designated, capability enhancement state. Designated states receive higher funding from NASA, but the disparity between the two has been reduced in recent years.
Establishes links between higher education, government, and industry in South Dakota
Develops earth systems science and aerospace infrastructure in South Dakota
Provides $110,000 or more annually in competitive "Project Innovation Grant" funds to Consortium affiliates in the areas of research infrastructure, higher education, and precollege education. The objective of these grants is to provide seed funding for meritorious projects that align with NASA and SD Space Grant Consortium goals and which show potential to develop into long-term, sustainable programs.
2016 Project Innovation Grants "Call for Proposals" (Application & Instructions.) SDSGC awards $176,000 to six South Dakota institutions
Conducts informal education for precollege teachers and students
Sponsors annual South Dakota Space Days (archive from 1998 through the present)
Sponsors StarDate on SD Public Radio (Interviews & Presentations on SD Public Broadcasting by SD Space Grant's Tom Durkin)