PI Launchpad Workshop

Information about the 2023 PI Launchpad Workshop

Are you interested in developing your first flight mission proposal but have no idea where to start? NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD), the Heising-Simons Foundation, and a team of mission experts have teamed up to make the mission development process more transparent and accessible.

We will be hosting the 3rd PI Launchpad workshop at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, during the week of July 24th, 2023. This workshop will be in-person, with all costs covered for participants. The workshop, like previous ones, will cover a range of topics relevant to mission development and including networking events.

The application in the form of a notice of intent (NOI) is due April 14, 2023 on NSPIRES. We will host a pre-application information session via WebEx to answer questions about the workshop and application on February 24th, 2023. Please see the full application and additional details on the NSPIRES page for this call.

Previous PI Launchpad Content

Two PI Launchpad workshops have been held, in 2019 and in 2021. As a public service, we have posted all of the content developed for the PI Launchpad here, in the links at the left. In addition to the workbook used by participants throughout the workshop, we have posted videos and pdfs for all panels and presentations.

Any information contained in this or any linked pages is meant for general use and not for profit. If you use any slides or content from the linked videos and pdfs, you must provide credit to the original author/presenter. If you are unsure of whom to credit, please contact Erika Hamden.


The PI Launchpad was organized through the work of:

  • Prof. Erika Hamden (University of Arizona)
  • Dr. Nicole Cabrera Salazar (Movement Consulting)
  • Ellen Gertsen (NASA SMD)
  • Dr. Michael New (NASA SMD)
  • Julie Breed (GSFC)
  • Paula Evans (NASA SMD)
  • Michael Liehmon (University of Michigan)
  • Kirsten Petree (NASA SMD)
  • Paul Propster (JPL)
  • Betsy Pugel (GSFC)
  • Richard Quinn (ARC)
  • Randii Wessen (GSFC)
  • James Woodard (NASA SMD)

The PI Launchpad was generously funded by a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation and through support from NASA. The speakers and panelists whose presentations are captured here graciously provided their time and expertise to this workshop and made it a success.

2019 Resources Overview & Downloads

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Please direct questions or corrections on this page to SARA@nasa.gov