CP4SMPVC: Program Information

Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers (CP4SMPVC)

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 43.008


NOTICE:  Temporary Suspension of CP4SMPVC NRA: Please note that this NRA and all activity related to it (FAQs, review preparation, etc.) will be temporarily suspended until further notice. If it is reactivated, the additional time allowed will be approximately 60 days from the day of activation. Posted June 9 2017


The NASA Office of Education invites proposals from museums, science centers, planetariums, NASA Visitor Centers, youth-serving organizations, libraries, and other eligible nonprofit institutions via this 2017 NASA Research Announcement: Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums and NASA Visitor Centers (CP4SMPVC), Announcement Number NNH17ZHA002N. Proposals must be submitted electronically via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or Grants.gov.

Proposers may request a grant or cooperative agreement to support NASA-themed science, technology, engineering or mathematics education, including exhibits, within these congressionally directed topics: space exploration, aeronautics, space science, Earth science or microgravity. CP4SMPVC is a competitive, high-quality, national program. The basic goal of the CP4SMPVC solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Objective 2.4: "Advance the Nation’s STEM education and workforce pipeline by working collaboratively with other agencies to engage students, teachers, and faculty in NASA’s missions and unique assets."

Eligible institutions do not need to have the words "museum," "visitor center," "science," "planetarium," "youth", or “library” in their official name, but they must be located in the United States or its Territories. See the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for full eligibility requirements and other limitations. Check the NSPIRES website once a week to learn if amendments or frequently asked questions have been added. Amendments and FAQs also will be announced via the NASA Education EXPRESS listserv.

NASA FY2017 funds may be available for awards under this opportunity.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please direct your questions to the points of contact listed within the NRA.

A highly educated and well-prepared workforce is critical to the success of the agency’s mission. NASA’s investment in CP4SMPVC is directly linked to inspiring the next generation of explorers and innovators.  CP4SMPVC builds and develops the capacity of informal education institutions and organizations for sustained STEM capabilities in topical areas of interest to NASA, and seeks to provide opportunities in informal education settings that leverage NASA assets and NASA-related content to provide experiential authentic STEM opportunities that encourage innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, supports NASA informal education opportunities, including CP4SMPVC+, for the Office of Education, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


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