The Alaska Space Grant Program is primarily funding through a five year grant through NASA's Office of Education. Funding opportunities are provided annually. Proposals must support NASA's Educational and Research strategic plan.
2010-2015 Current Areas of Emphasis:
- Authentic, hands-on student experiences in science and engineering disciplines – the incorporation of active participation by students in hands-on learning or practice with experiences rooted in NASA-related, STEM-focused questions and issues; the incorporation of real-life problem-solving and needs as the context for activities.
- Engage middle school teachers in hands-on curriculum enhancement capabilities through exposure to NASA scientific and technical expertise. Capabilities for teachers to provide authentic, hands-on middle school student experiences in science and engineering disciplines (see above).
- Summer opportunities for secondary students on college campuses with the objective of increased enrollment in STEM disciplines or interest in STEM careers.
- Community Colleges – develop new relationships as well as sustain and strengthen existing institutional relationships with community colleges.
- Aeronautics research – research in traditional aeronautics disciplines; research in areas that are appropriate to NASA's unique capabilities; directly address the fundamental research needs of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
- Environmental Science and Global Climate Change – research and activities to better understand Earth's environments.
- Diversity of institutions, faculty, and student participants.
- Enhance the capacity of institutions to support innovative research infrastructure activities to enable early career faculty to focus their research toward NASA priorities.