Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Solicitation: NNH15ZDA010C

Program Element / Activity Title:
Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Solicitation: NNH15ZDA010C
E/PO Project Name:
Not Applicable
Contact Information:
Mary Frances Sladek, Science Mission Directorate
Program Manager, Science Engagement & Partnerships
Phone: 202-358-0861
Fax 202-358-3092
Mobile: 202-365-6734
E-mail: mary.f.sladek@nasa.gov

Janet F. Letchworth, NASA Wallops Flight Facility
Office: 757-824-2294
Mobile: 321-431-4928
Email: Janet.f.letchworth@nasa.gov

Joeletta Patrick, M.B.A.
National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) Acting Manager and
Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Manager
Education Office, NASA HQ
Office: (202) 358-2370
Cell: (202) 262-5546
Fax: (202) 358-7097
Short Description:

Through a pilot cooperative agreement notice or CAN the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) awarded more than $8 million through the competitively selected Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) to 47 teams of undergraduate students to conduct hands-on flight research. 8 SMD cooperative agreements shared $550,000 in total with award sizes ranging from $50,000-$100,000. Space Grant awards averaged $200,000 for each of 39 cooperative agreements. In addition, SMD and Space Grant are paying the cost of government-furnished launch and other services described in the 2015 USIP CAN NNH15ZDA010C available at: https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={FABD5D3A-878E-A99F-5D05-87AAD356CC9E}&path=closedPast

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility (WFF), in Wallops Island, Virginia, leads technical and scientific reviews for the 47 teams planning to fly on suborbital and orbital vehicle platforms, such as CubeSats, aircraft, sounding rockets, and balloons. In addition, USIP CubeSats are part of the larger NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative or CSLI managed by the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. CSLI provides opportunities for small satellite payloads built by universities, high schools and non-profit organizations to fly on upcoming launches. For more CSLI information visit: https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CubeSats_initiative

Prior to the collaborative CAN NNH15ZDA010C pilot that involves WFF, HEO and Space Grant, SMD did a proof-of-concept CAN numbered NNH13ZDA004N that resulted in 10 awards. A copy of the first USIP CAN and the selection abstracts can be downloaded from:  https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={0C22969D-FD8F-1AEB-CBFB-5DAACA749452}&path=closedPast

CAN NNH15ZDA010C's 47 project titles and list of awarded higher education institutions can found at:


The 39 Space Grant funded abstracts are located at:


The 8 SMD-funded abstracts are in a PDF that may be downloaded from the section of this page entitled:



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National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Enhance STEM Experience of Undergraduate Students
  • Better Serve Groups Historically Under-represented in STEM Fields
  • Contribute to the conversation about building new models for leveraging SMD assets and expertise and achieving the most significant impact of STEM education investments.