NASA Minority University Tech Transfer Idea Competition – DUE: 10-30-18

NSF STEM + Computing K-12 Education – DUE: Rolling
September 2, 2018
arm TechCon – Oct 16-18. 2018
September 17, 2018


    • 1. Teams choose one NASA Intellectual Property (IP) from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Teams are encouraged to partner with a NASA Small Business Company (SBC) registered here:
    • 2. Up to ten qualifying teams selected to participate in an online collaboration tool and are funded to travel to NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) for an onsite immersion experience in January of 2019. During the experience, all participants are REQUIRED to submit:
      • technical concept paper
      • explain their technical concept and business plan during a poster session
      • present an oral “lightning pitch” presentation to a panel of judges
    • The technical paper, poster session, and oral presentation will be reviewed and evaluated using a common rubric.
    • 3. One qualifying team receives travel funding for up to eight team members and one Principal Investigator (PI) to visit, tour, and present at NASA AMES Research Center (ARC) and various companies in Silicon Valley. This experience exposes team members to research facilities and laboratories, start-up companies, and the opportunity to discuss further development.
    • 4. Up to 8 MITTIC participants receive a paid NASA Internship funded by Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) through the SBIR/STTR and Technology Transfer (TT) programs at any NASA Center. All MITTIC participants can apply.

      NASA MUREP Internships Eligibility Requirements:

      • GPA – 3.0 at the time of application – There are no exceptions. Rounding of the GPA is not permissible.
      • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
      • Accepted to or enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university. Must be a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).
      • 16 years of age or older.
      • Letter of recommendation to be submitted on your application to


  • ✓ Only one team per Minority Serving Institution is allowed to submit a proposal.
  • ✓ Primary team members are required to be currently enrolled in the proposing MSI.
  • ✓ Supervising Principal Investigator (PI) is required to actively work for a MSI.
  • ✓ Up to four primary team members and one PI are required to attend all onsite immersion experience events.
  • ✓ Each team is required to provide a supporting letter of intent on school letterhead from an authorized official.
  • ✓ Each team is encouraged to have a supporting letter of intent from a participating NASA small business.
  • ✓ All team members must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (junior college, community college, college, university) at the time the proposal is submitted.
  • ✓ All team members must be 16 or older before arrival to Houston, Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Mt. View, Ames Research Center (ARC).
  • ✓ All onsite NASA MITTIC participants are required to be U.S. Citizens.
  • ✓ Teams may enlist the support of students of any classification, faculty members, professional consultants, etc. However, only four primary team members and one PI may participate in the onsite immersion experience at JSC or ARC.


  • Announce Opportunity: August 3, 2018
  • Information Sessions:
  • August 14, 2018: 6:00 pm CT
  • August 30, 2018: 7:00 pm CT
  • September 4, 2018: 5:30 pm CT
  • September 18, 2018: 7:00 pm CT
  • September 27, 2018: 6:00 pm CT

Link to Join Information Sessions:
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  • Acceptance Letter Sent to Qualifying Teams: November 2018
  • Online Collaboration for Ten Qualifying Teams: December – March 2019
  • Johnson Space Center Onsite Immersion Experience for Ten Qualifying Teams: January 2019
  • Ames Research Center Onsite Immersion Experience for One Qualifying Team: March 2019