NASA Earth and Space Air Prize

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The NASA Earth & Space Air Prize, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is focused on identifying solutions that can catalyze the development of easy to maintain, small, and affordable aerosol sensor technology that has the potential to be useful in spaceflight as well as on Earth anywhere outdoors in a community where pedestrians may be exposed to airborne particle matter. 

NASA has identified particulate monitoring as a gap in its technology roadmap to enable future long-term missions. Current technology does not provide the level of sensitivity, the longevity, or the ability to operate in a reduced-gravity environment. In working with the Foundation, NASA has the opportunity to close this gap. The added bonus of the outcome of this technology demonstration competition is the potential benefit to human health on Earth as well. 

Deadline for Registration: Dec. 13, 2017

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals, teams, and organizations may apply with the following restrictions: 

- Individuals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United Statesand be 18 years of age or older. 
- Organizations must be an entity incorporated in and maintaining a primary place of business in the United States. 
- Teams must be comprised of otherwise eligible individuals or organizations and must be led by a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United Stateswho is 18 years of age or older. 
- Federal entities or Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to win a prize. 

Amount Description

Three Finalists will receive an award of $50,000 each to build a functioning sensor according to their submitted proposals. The Winner will receive a $100,000 award.

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

December 13, 2017