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The UF Space Institute is where scientists and scholars from across the university collaborate on a wide variety of space-related research, from engineering, the life sciences and medicine, to the humanities and social sciences. With funding from UF President Ben Sasse and UF Research, the institute is supporting interdisciplinary seed projects, recruiting world-class leaders in space science and technology, and promoting its capabilities in space mission innovation.  The institute is working to enhance existing relationships with Space Florida and the Space Life Sciences Laboratory at the Kennedy Space Center and to leverage UF’s proximity to the growing commercial space ecosystem in Florida.  

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University of Florida Scientist to Fly on Blue Origin Suborbital Mission

University of Florida Distinguished Professor Rob Ferl will be the first NASA-funded academic researcher to conduct an experiment as part of a commercial space crew on an upcoming mission of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket.

Ferl, who is also director of UF’s new space institute, has spent his career studying how biology responds to spaceflight, progressing from experiments in his Gainesville lab to parabolic flight tests to projects on the space shuttle and the International Space Station. Read More

Funding Opportunities

ESA SPAICE Conference Travel Grant

The ESA Education Office is pleased to sponsor the attendance of up to 3 tertiary education students to attend SPAICE in the frame of the ESA Academy Conference Student Sponsorship programme. The sponsorship will cover the student registration fees (directly paid by ESA Education Office)  and provides a maximum reimbursement of EUR 570 towards travel and accommodation expenses, which will be reimbursed via a single bank transfer after the event and will only be paid upon submission of receipts.

To be eligible for an ESA Academy Student Sponsorship, students must fulfil the following criteria at the time of application:

  • present an accepted contribution at the conference (oral presentation, poster, other).
  • be minimum 18 years old at the time of the conference;
  • be a citizen of an ESA Member State, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia or Slovenia;
  • be enrolled as a student (Bsc, Msc, or Ph.D.) in a tertiary education academic programme (not graduating before the Conference);
  • not benefit from an overlapping financial support to attend this conference, unless duly justified;
  • agree with the conditions of the ESA Academy’s Privacy Policy.

Priority will be given to students who have less than 2 years of professional experience and have never taken part in an activity sponsored by the ESA Education Office.

The deadline for applications is 19. 27. May 2024 (24:00 CEST).
The decision by the Selection Committee will be communicated by 1. July 2024.

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Technology Advancement and Applied Research Leveraging the ISS National Lab

RELEASE: May 2024
CONCEPT SUMMARY SUBMISSION PERIOD: May – June 2024
FULL PROPOSALS DUE: October 2024
PROJECT SELECTION: December 2024

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Technology in Space Prize (funded by Boeing and CASIS in partnership with MassChallenge)

RELEASE: July 2024
CONCEPT SUMMARY SUBMISSION PERIOD: July – August 2024
FULL PROPOSALS DUE: October 2024
PROJECT SELECTION: December 2024

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UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY Broad Agency Announcement

The USMA BAA seeks proposals from institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, foreign organizations, foreign public entities, and for-profit organizations (i.e., large and small businesses) for research based on the following campaigns: Socio-Cultural; Information Technology; Ballistics, Weapons, and Protections; Energy and Sustainability; Materials, Measurements, and Facilities; Unmanned Systems and Space; Human Support Systems; and Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Quantum Technologies.

Proposals are sought for cutting-edge innovative research that could produce discoveries with a significant impact to enable new and improved Army technologies and related operational capabilities and related technologies. The specific research areas and topics of interest described in this document should be viewed as suggestive, rather than limiting.

Closing Date for Applications: March 2025

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Upcoming Events

New NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship Program

The NASA Postdoctoral Program is seeking early career and senior scientists to explore fellowship opportunities to develop advancements in science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration.  The deadline to apply for this cycle of fellowships is July 1, 2024.  More information on the opportunities can be found at NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships | NASA Postdoctoral Program (orau.org).  To apply, visit Information for Applicants | NASA Postdoctoral Program (orau.org).

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Making advances in space engineering

UF engineers collaborate to develop the next generation of space exploration.

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Laser Interferometer Space Antenna Mission

UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, in partnership with NASA, is making a significant contribution to the groundbreaking endeavor.

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Pushing the boundary on ultralow frequency gravitational waves

Team of physicists develops method to detect gravity waves with such low frequencies that could help unlock secrets behind the early phases of mergers between supermassive black holes.

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