Congress established the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program
(Space Grant) with Title II of the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration Authorization Act of 1988. The National Space Grant College
and Fellowship Program, through the designation of Space Grant consortia and
the establishment of Space Grant programs and fellowships, was designed to
broaden the base of universities and individuals contributing to and
benefiting from aerospace science and technology and ultimately contribute
to the development and utilization of space resources.|
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was charged with implementation and oversight of this program. (Public L. 100-147, October 30, 1987, 101 Stat. 869-875, 42 U.S.C. 2486; and 14 CFR Part 1259, March 13, 1989.) NASA currently distributes funds to 52 university-based Space Grant Consortia in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Each consortium is funded annually with a Space Grant award that requires a 100 percent match and with funds for fellowships. Designation of Space Grant consortia shall be for five years and may be continued based on a merit review at the beginning of the fifth year and at five year intervals thereafter.
Each Space Grant consortium shall designate a Space Grant Program Director; establish a Space Grant office; develop and implement programs of public service, interdisciplinary space-related programs, advisory activities, and cooperation with industry, research laboratories, State and local governments, and other colleges and universities, particularly institutions in their State and/or region with significantly large enrollments of racial minorities who are underrepresented in science and technology; and provide nonfederal matching funds for their Space Grant program equal to that provided by NASA.
National Program Objectives
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