Established by Congress in 1989, the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program contributes to the nation's science and technology enterprise by funding research, education, and public service projects. The program works through a network of 52 university-based Space Grant consortia (representing every U.S. state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia). Funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Space Grant Consortia provide support to college and university students in science and engineering; they also administer pre-college and public service education programs. Nationwide, there are currently more than 700 institutions affiliated with Space Grant.
New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium (NHSGC) was established in 1991 through a collaboration of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Dartmouth College.
In the fall of 1999, NASA named the NH Space Grant Consortium a Designated Consortium -- the top rating given to consortia.