2019 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled 2019 NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) solicits proposals from Informal Education Institutions (IEIs) for informal education opportunities in support of NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, collaborating closely with the Mission Directorates, and in cooperation with NASA Headquarters’ Office of Communications and Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity. 

Working in collaboration with other Federal agencies, NASA supports evidence-based, effective, NASA-unique activities that increase STEM capabilities at formal and informal educational institutions and organizations by incorporating content based on NASA’s missions. Through this solicitation, NASA seeks to enhance the ability of IEIs and partners to deliver and participate in NASA-based activities, and increase the capacity of institutions to utilize NASA resources and to provide students the opportunity to contribute to NASA’s mission. 

This NRA solicits proposals for submitters to uniquely perform NASA education or research for inquiry- or experiential-based educational opportunities that directly align with major NASA missions for students and the public. The proposed projects shall utilize partnerships with major networks of other IEIs, youth-serving organizations, libraries, and/or K-12 schools along with commercial entities, higher education institutions, and/or other agencies that support Federal STEM education goals. 

Organizations shall submit only one (1) proposal per Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. If an organization submits more than one proposal using the same DUNS number, then none of its proposals will be evaluated. However, there is no limit on the number of times an entity may be proposed by another institution as an unfunded partner or as a sub-award.


  • Duke Internal: May 22, 2019 Extended to July 10, 2019
  • TEAMII NOI NOIs Due May 22, 2019
  • TEAM II Proposals Due Aug 13, 2019

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Examples of Eligible Projects (including but not limited to): Authentic NASA-unique mission-based STEM learning experiences for students (see Appendix A Authentic STEM Experience Framework); hands-on learning opportunities for youth and students; maker projects for middle and high school; mission-driven design challenges for high school students; activities that are culturally relevant to and that target populations such as women, ethnic minorities, rural populations, and persons with disabilities; high-quality, creative, and high-impact NASA STEM engagement programs for students, educators, and educational institutions; multi-audience or generational STEM programming for educators, students, youth, parents, and the general public; strategically driven large-scale exhibits (permanent, traveling, or virtual) that are designed specifically to support and enhance learning for students, educators, and educational institutions; and professional development activities and/or NASA-related resources for informal and formal education providers that support activities within the partnership/networks; virtual learning experiences; and data visualization technologies such as planetariums or global display systems for STEM programming and student learning.

Eligibility Requirements

Organizations submitting a proposal under this NRA are certifying that they meet the following criteria to propose as the lead or managing organization: • legally recognized by a federal, state or local authority as a non-profit; • located in the United States or its Territories; and • provide STEM education programming, (such as but not limited to exhibits) through leadership of or partnerships with major networks of other IEIs, youth-serving organizations, libraries, and/or K-12 schools along with commercial entities, higher education institutions, and/or other agencies that support Federal STEM education goals.

An eligible institution is not required to have the words museum, visitor center, science, planetarium, youth, or library in its legal name. All types of NASA Visitor Centers (e.g., private, state or federal entities) are eligible to propose (see Appendix I, Identification of Entities as NASA Visitor Centers Special Guidance: STEM Engagement Activities and NASA Visitor Centers). 

Eligible institutions are established or chartered in order to enhance learning and/or engagement, including but not limited to: the study and display of STEM, or established to honor NASA history, personnel, and missions. The following are examples of the types of organizations eligible to compete under this NRA: air and space centers, aviation museums, children’s museums, natural history museums, observatories, planetariums, science-technology centers; aquariums, arboretums, aviaries, zoos; botanical gardens, nature centers; federal and non-federal NASA Visitor Centers and affiliates or Congressionally-authorized NASA memorials such as Challenger Centers based in the United States; theaters and auditoriums dedicated to astronomical shows; State, Local, or Federally-Recognized Tribal Government museums or planetariums; or associations of eligible institutions as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.

Eligible non-profit IEIs also include, but are not limited to: amateur astronomy groups, community-based organizations, libraries, out-of-school-time organizations, youth-serving organizations, scientific and or engineering societies, or associations that include both eligible institutions and ineligible institutions.



Amount Description

Subject to Congressional appropriation of sufficient funds in Fiscal Years 2020-2021, and also pending NASA’s receipt of proposals of adequate merit, NASA currently plans to select between one (1) and eight (8) proposals for award. NASA reserves the right to make a full or partial selection of any proposal. Successful proposals typically will be funded as cooperative agreements. An individual award will not exceed $1,000,000. The lowest amount that may be proposed is $500,000. All proposals submitted shall have a performance period with a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years. 

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

NOI as described in the solicitation.

NOIs are informational descriptions of the anticipatedcontent of the proposals. They are 400 words or less, and should include the following information:

  • Title of proposal
  • Proposing institution name and type (one of: Museum, Planetarium, NASA Visitor Center, Youth Serving Organization, Library).
  • Anticipated Project Goal(s), Objectives, and Intended Outcomes
  • Anticipated network and partner organizations•Primary anticipated target audience(s) (include age range for youth audiences)•Anticipated area of reach (specify the areasand indicate whether it be regional or national)
  • Anticipated types of programs and products to be utilized and/or developed

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDE...

Instructions for creating an account (if needed) and submitting your materials: https://www.ctsi.duke.edu/myresearchproposal


Internal Deadline

July 10, 2019

External Deadline

August 13, 2019