NASA will provide $250,000 in grants to 10 universities for projects that focus on technologies used in astrophysics and space exploration.
The one year of financial support will be provided under the space technology research grants program within the agency’s space technology mission directorate, NASA said Wednesday.
The space agency wants each R&D studies to offer advancements on current scientific equipment and other resources used for astronomical endeavors.
“A critical element of America’s space technology pipeline rests in the cutting edge research in the early stage technologies conducted at the nation’s universities,” Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology, said in Washington.
“Through this investment NASA will continue to benefit from university-led R&D,” Gazarik added.
All 10 projects chosen under the grants program were in line with the National Research Council's evaluation of NASA's 14 space technology roadmaps.
Technical progress as well as the availability of funds would determine whether the initiatives could be eligible for another year of financial aid from the space agency.
The universities to receive NASA's research grants are:
- Johns Hopkins University
- Michigan Technological University
- Northwestern University
- Purdue University
- University of Arkansas
- University of Colorado
- University of Florida
- University of Michigan
- University of South Carolina
- University of Utah