Christine Shupla Christine Shupla

Request from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Updated on August 24, 2021 - 8:44 AM CDT
Posted on August 11, 2021 - 12:16 PM CDT

Tags: Scientists

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) to implement an important research study to understand the factors that impede or facilitate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the proposed leadership for competed space missions at NASA. The results of this study will inform practical recommendations for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA and its partners to reduce impediments to applicants and thereby enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the competitive pool of proposed leaders. This is an independent study under the auspices of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. NASA SMD’s participation in this work is for the sole purpose of disseminating this information to the target audience for the study, and should not be construed as an endorsement of NORC at the University of Chicago or the approaches used in this study.

They are looking for potential key informants, who have served as Principal Investigator (PI) on at least one proposal for a competed space mission from 2010 to the present, who would be willing to participate in a discussion around the processes for preparing and submitting a mission proposal to NASA, and elements of the mission proposal process that may present barriers or are facilitators for achieving diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. They are interested in speaking to an array of individuals, who can provide diverse perspectives based on their race/ethnicity, gender identity, career stage, success of applications to NASA, and other factors. 

Participation in this study will comprise a 45–60-minute virtual discussion with an interviewer from NORC. Your participation in the study will NOT be made known to NASA or NASEM, and NO staff outside of the NORC Study Team will know your identity or be involved in the discussion itself. All interview responses will be kept confidential and stored separately from your contact information, and NORC will not share your contact information or interview responses with anyone outside our study team.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please complete this short Study Eligibility Survey by August 25, 2021: https://norc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dnCQsdxJUtl5W4u OR reply to sawyer-heather@norc.org. The NORC study team will contact you within a few weeks to schedule an interview if you are eligible to participate.

Please forward this invitation to your colleagues or friends who may be interested in the study as well.

Michael  H. New, PhD  
Deputy Associate Administrator for Research 
Science Mission Directorate
Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters Building
300 Hidden Figures Way SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001
Phone: (202) 358-1766
Pronouns: he/him/his