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.

SD Space Grant "At a Glance"

- Recent Student Success Stories - SD Space Grant

- SD NASA EPSCoR "At a Glance"

- Impact of Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR combined (2012 update)

National Space Grant Program Highlights (2019)

SDSGC Strategic Plan 2015

Past Newsletters - SD Space Grant Consortium

Establishes links between higher education, government, and industry in South Dakota

Develops earth systems science and aerospace infrastructure in South Dakota

Provides $165,000 or more annually in graduate and undergraduate student fellowship/scholarship stipends.

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. 
           - 2019 Project Innovation Grants "Call for Proposals"  Click here for document in Word format.
           - SDSGC Awards $100,000 to five SD institutions in 2018

           - List of 48 Project Innovation Grants from 2006-2018

SD NASA EPSCoR "Research Summary" for 2011

Conducts informal education for precollege teachers and students

Sponsors annual South Dakota Space Days (archive from 1998 through the present)

Meets semi-annually with affiliates <SD Space Grant Consortium Meeting Agendas> and monthly teleconferences with Management Team

Sponsors StarDate on SD Public Radio (Interviews & Presentations on SD Public Broadcasting by SD Space Grant's Tom Durkin)