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.

As in previous years, an application will be posted to NSPIRES. The application will be similar to previous workshops, with 5 questions, and will be posted in January 2023, and due in early April 2023. We will host a pre-proposal conference to answer questions about the workshop and application in late January 2023. Exact dates will be posted in the NSPIRES document.

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. (link to hamden@arizona.edu)


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