Published: April 6, 2017

Internal Expression of Interest due 4/12: 
NASA Stem Education and Accountability Projects (SEAP)

The Research & Innovation Office announces a limited submission call for interest for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration's (NASA) STEM Education and Accountability Projects (SEAP). An expression of interest, which is a simple statement via email indicating your interest in applying to a specific program, should be sent to Ryan Reeves at by the posted deadline.

If there are multiple expressions of interest, an internal campus competition may be held with instructions for internal proposals to be sent out at a later time. Questions should be sent to Ryan Reeves at All interested applicants should review the Procedures for Limited Campus Competitions.

Program Summary

NASA's Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA Headquarters’ Offices of Communications, Chief Scientist, and Chief Technologist, the Mission Directorates, and Mission Support Directorate, solicits proposals led by Informal Education Institutions (IEIs) to uniquely perform NASA education or research engagement and/or exhibits through partnerships with K-e12 schools, youth-serving organizations, libraries, higher education institutions, and/or other agencies that support Federal STEM education goals through inquiry- or experiential-based activities that feature NASA’s missions, science, engineering, exploration, or technologies. This solicitation further seeks projects that feature NASA-themed content in space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science, or microgravity, or a combination of these topics to support federal and NASA education outcomes.

Please review the full notice for more detailed program information.


  • Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 3:00pm MST April 12, 2017
  • NASA Notice of Intent Deadline: April 19, 2017
  • NASA Proposal Deadline: June 14, 2017


Organizations submitting a proposal under this NRA (other than those applying to Appendix R), are certifying that they meet the following criteria to propose as the lead or managing organization:

  • legally recognized by a federal, state or local authority as a non-profit;
  • located in the United States or its Territories; and
  • provide STEM education programming, (such as but not limited to exhibits) through partnerships with K-12 schools or districts, youth-serving organizations, higher education, and/or other federal, state, or local agencies.

​An eligible institution is not required to have the words museum, visitor center, science, planetarium, youth, or library in its legal name. All types of NASA Visitor Centers (e.g., private, state or federal entities) are eligible to propose (see Appendix D, Identification of Entities as NASA Visitor Centers Special Guidance: STEM Education Activities and NASA Visitor Centers).

Eligible institutions are established or chartered in order to enhance learning and/or engagement, including but not limited to: the study and display of STEM, or established to honor NASA history, personnel, and missions.

Please review the full notice for more detailed eligibility information.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Organizations shall submit only one (1) proposal per Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. If an organization submits more than one proposal using the same DUNS number, then none of its proposals will be evaluated. However, there is no limit on the number of times an entity may be proposed by another institution as an unfunded partner or as a sub-award. Eligible institutions may submit a proposal as a lead organization or be proposed for a sub-award as part of other organizations’ proposals, or both.

Award Information

Subject to Congressional appropriation of sufficient funds in Fiscal Years 2017-2018, and also pending NASA’s receipt of proposals of adequate merit, NASA expects to select between one (1) and twenty (20) proposals for award. NASA reserves the right to make a full or partial selection of any proposal. Individual total award values will not exceed a maximum of $1,000,000.

For proposals of Type (2) Pilot Projects, the lowest amount that may be proposed is $300,000, with a period of performance not to exceed two years. For projects classified as Type (1) Project Development and Implementation, or Type (3) Combination, the lowest amount that may be proposed is $500,000, with a period of performance not to exceed three years.

Note: The accountability, reporting, and evaluation requirements for CP4SMPVC make it unlikely that a viable project could be accomplished for less than $300,000 for Type (2) Pilot Projects, or $500,000 for Type (1) Project Development and Implementation or Type (3) Combination. Proposals budgeted for less than these amounts are unlikely to advance to external peer review. 


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