Mini-Grant Program

The OSGC mini-grant program is designed to support innovative projects and programs from disciplines demonstrating interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), and is available to Ohio K-12 teachers. For mini-grants, NASA requires 100% in cost sharing (i.e., 1:1 match Matching funds can be either cash and/or “in-kind” contributions (i.e., dollar estimate of the Principal Investigator (PI) and other personnel time, contributions, transportation costs, equipment supplied by other sources, volunteer time, etc.) Matching funds must be equal to or greater than the OSGC funds requested. Funding is restricted to one year. All mini-grant awards are contingent on available funding. Total OSGC budget request limited to $1,000.

Click here to download the mini-grant program flyer.

In order to receive funding, a completed OSGC application proposal must contain the following information:

  • Brief description of project (including time-tables and deliverables)
  • Project impact and procedure
  • Planned method of evaluation
  • Potential benefits to the school/institution
  • Demographics of school/institution (diversity)
  • Detailed budget including matching funds (outlining cost sharing)
  • Curriculum Vitae of Principal Investigator (PI) and Co-Investigator(s) (if applicable)
  • We favor programs that…

Promote STEM education

  • Target females and underrepresented minorities
  • Will have impact beyond the grant period
  • Are readily replicated at other schools
  • Involve inter-classroom, inter-disciplinary, and multi-teacher initiatives
  • Result in increased parental involvement

Proposal Deadlines: Accepted At Any Time

Application

Click here to download the mini-grant application in Microsoft Word.

After completing the mini-grant application and securing the appropriate signatures, the following options are available to submit your completed application package which includes the following: application (with signatures), budget (outlining cost sharing), and curriculum vitae.

Submission
  1. Send completed application and any accompanying documents as a single PDF file via email to: osgc@oai.org
  2. Send completed original completed application and any accompanying documents via U. S. Mail to:
    Jed E. Marquart, Ph.D., P.E.
    Director
    Ohio Space Grant Consortium
    22800 Cedar Point Road
    Cleveland, OH 44142
Reporting Requirements

As an OSGC grant award recipient (Principal Investigator), you are required to complete the following reporting requirements as specified below. Failure to submit these grant requirements will result in the ineligibility of the grant recipient (Principal Investigator) to receive future funding.

1. Your Final Report

A brief final report meeting the reporting requirements stated below is due no later than one year after your grant is awarded. Your final report should include the following:

  • Project procedure, including any revisions of original concept;
  • Demographics of students, including numbers of male and female students, numbers of students from underrepresented groups, again by numbers of male and female;
  • Comments of teachers and students regarding the project (i.e., photographs, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, etc.);
  • Principal Investigator’s evaluation, with suggestions for implementation of the project model;
  • Final budget and expense report (including 1:1 cost share match);
  • Presentation and interpretation of the results obtained;
  • Critical discussion of the success of the project;
  • Discussion of future work based on the project.
  • Publications – Advise us if any publications are written as a result of this award.
  • Future Funding – Advise us if you receive any other funding as a result of this award.
  • Public Relations – OSGC publishes a quarterly newsletter. Please send us any photos, CDs, or attendee feedback commentary to feature your award.
2. OSGC Pre-college Report (to be downloaded below)

NASA Office of Education mandates that all Federal funding be reported into their OEPM (Office of Education Performance Measurement) database system which includes specific demographics and other data. The OSGC Pre-college report is due December 31. The report will reflect progress of your project and/or projected results to that date.

Click here to download the Pre-college report.

3. Grant Activity Photos

Any photos would be appreciated for OSGC/NASA publicity purposes! A NASA Release form is required for each participant to accomplish this.

Click here to download the NASA Adult Media Release Form.

Click here to download the NASA Parent and Minor Media Release Form.

Online Reporting Requirements Submissions
  • Submit your final report (as outlined in Number 1 above.) via email to: osgc@oai.org
  • Submit your completed Pre-college report (as outlined in Number 2 above.) via email to: osgc@oai.org
Mini-Grant Recipients:
  • Susan R. Crites, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary, Steubenville, Ohio, “Return to the Moon”
  • Erin E. Durkee, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary, Steubenville, Ohio, “Rendezvous with a Planet”
  • 2011 FIRST Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition, held at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
  • Al Cote, Ohio University, “Inspire, Engage, Educate (IE2) STEM Southeastern Ohio”
  • Dean Regas, Cincinnati Observatory Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, “Astro Thursdays”
  • Sally Stolly, Benjamin Logan Elementary School, Bellefontaine, Ohio, “Continuing the First Tech Challenge Endeavor”
  • Sally Stolly, Benjamin Logan Elementary School, Bellefontaine, Ohio, “Getting SERIOUS about 21st Century Skills”
  • Arthur Stormer, Benjamin Logan High School, Bellefontaine, Ohio, “Electronics: The On-Ramp to STEM”
  • E. Catherine Ujvagi, St. Pius X School, “Return to the Moon/Science Olympiad”
  • Jackie R. Thompson, Benjamin Logan High School, Bellefontaine, Ohio, “BLURR – Benjamin Logan Raider Robotics”
  • University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, “2011 Women in Engineering Camp”
  • Dale F. Bonifas, Tipp City Exempted Village Schools, Tipp City, Ohio, “Creating a STEM Club at Tippecanoe Middle School”
  • 2012 FIRST Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition, held at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
  • Kevin P. Czajkowski, The University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, “Inspiring Student Science Interest Through Real-World Climate Change Projects”
  • Beverly L. Ketron, iSPACE, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, Travel Support to the SEEC – 2012 Space Exploration Conference”
  • Ryan L. Fogt, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, “Antarctic Climate Change Education through Meteorological Measurements at Schools (ACCEMMS)”
  • James M. Less, Bettsville Local Schools, Bettsville, Ohio, “Exploring Science in the Real World”
  • Kelly Cohen, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, “Flight Camp at the University of Cincinnati for High School/Middle School”
  • Todd M. Alkire, North Canton Middle School, North Canton, Ohio, “All-American Soap Box Derby Gravity Race Challenge”
  • E. Catherine Ujvagi, St. Piux X, Toledo, Ohio, “Mission to Mars/Science Olympiad”
  • Wade L. Zwingler, Lake Ridge Academy, North Ridgeville, Ohio, “Math Game Group (MGG)”
  • Cassie Lee Marshall, Dayton Public Schools, “Dayton’s Best Students”
  • Susan R. Crites, Bishop John King Mussio Elementary (BJKM), “Return to the Moon”
  • Robert J. Engels, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, “NASA Student Launch Initiative”
  • 2013 FIRST Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition, held at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
  • P. Ruby Mawasha, Wright State University, Lake Campus and Thurgood Marshall High School, “Lake Campus Engineering and High School roBOTicS Collaborative Project”
  • Jim Prater, Stebbins High School, “Middle School STEM Summer Camp”
  • Amy R. McCormick, Benjamin Logan Local School, “First LEGO League”
  • James M. Less, Bettsville Schools, “Awesome Science Adventures: Students Learn By Teaching”
  • Sally Stolly, Benjamin Logan High School, “The Power of Inquiry & Understanding Math & Science”
  • 2014 FIRST Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition, held at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
  • Anne Marie Krings, Bishop John Mussio Central Elementary, “Rendezvous with a Comet”
  • Linda A. Neenan, iSPACE, Inc., “iSPACE STEM Educator Academy”
  • Leah J. LaCrosse, Huron City Schools, “littleBits Connect Us to Physical Science” (Check sent to Dennis Muratori)
  • Joshua D. Haney, Great Oaks Institute, “Engineering Robotics Club”
  • Sally Stolly, Benjamin Logan High School, “ScienceFusion”
  • Tracy S. Alley, Madeira Elementary School, “Model Rocketry: Fueling Potential & Accelerating Achievement”
  • Gregory D. Henderson, Norwalk Catholic School, “Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC)”
  • Robert J. Engels, Saint Vincent-Saint Mary High School, “NASA SL”
  • Betsy J. Crites, Wright State University – Lake Campus, “Girls Just Wanna Have STEM”
  • Anne Marie Krings, Bishop John Mussio Central Elementary, “Return to the Moon”
  • Ronald L. Bowerman, EHOVE Career Center, “By Design You are In Control U-Control Aeronautics”
  • 2015 FIRST Buckeye Regional Robotics Competition, held at Cleveland State University Wolstein Center