The deadline to submit a proposal for NASA's Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern.
Selected teams will receive awards ranging between $50,000 and $180,000 to bring their ideas to life!
Interested and eligible teams must prepare a 15-20 page proposal and a 2-3 minute video outlining their project. Complete details on the Proposal submission requirements can be found on the BIG Idea Requirements and Forms Page.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE PROPOSAL SUBMISSION PACKAGE: Three (3) unique documents must accompany each proposal submission package (there will be separate fields to upload each of these individual documents on the Proposal Submission Form):
- Vendor W9 Form from the proposing university (to be completed by the accounting department at the university)
- A template Vendor Form can be downloaded from the Resources section of the Competition Basics page on the BIG Idea website (linked above)
- Note: Teams may receive a pre-filled W-9 form from their institution's accounting department. This form is equivalent to our “Vendor/W-9 Form," and is considered an acceptable substitution.
- Signed “Letter of University Support” from the Dean of Engineering, Department Chair, or appropriate alternative authority from the proposing university
- Teams must submit the provided template letter of University Support, which can be downloaded from the Resources section of the Competition Basics page on the BIG Idea website (linked above)
- Signed letter of support from the state Space Grant Director or Assistant/Associate Director indicating awareness of the proposal and agreement to distribute augmented funding from the National Space Grant for the BIG Idea Challenge team in a timely manner to the proposing university, should your project be awarded funding for the BIG Idea Challenge.
5-10 finalist teams will be selected to build their proposed concepts and provide results for robust proof-of-concept testing. Teams are encouraged to be creative and design their own accurate and realistically simulated testing scenarios that prove readiness to support a near-term lunar mission.
Finalist teams will receive funding to continue developing and testing their concepts and prototypes, and will be invited to present their proof-of-concept results to NASA and industry judges at the 2020 BIG Idea Forum, tentatively scheduled for mid-November, 2020. A wide range of award sizes is expected (in the range of $50,000 - $180,000), depending on the scope of the work proposed.
For full competition details, including eligibility requirements, design constraints, and submission guidelines, please visit the BIG Idea Website.
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Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth's entry in NASA's BIG Idea Challenge. SHREW: Strategic Highly-compliant Roving Explorers of other Worlds, a lightweight, modular, extremely mobile and maneuverable remote vehicle.