PI Launchpad

September 30, 2019: The applications due date has been extended to October 15, 2019. Selected participants will be contacted by October 28, 2019.

Important Information:

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Applications due on NSPIRES: October 15th, 2019
Selections made no later than: October 28st, 2019
Workshop Dates: November 18th-20th, 2019
Workshop Location: University of Arizona Campus, Tucson, AZ


Workshop Description:

Are you thinking about developing your first flight mission proposal in the next few years but have no idea where to start? If you are a researcher in any NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) discipline who wants to take your career to the next level but have not yet held a leadership position on mission proposals or large science teams, this is the workshop for you. Join us November 18 - 20, 2019 in Tucson, AZ for Launchpad: an expenses-paid three-day workshop that will teach you the skills to get your mission idea off the ground.

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD), in partnership with the University of Arizona and the Heising-Simons Foundation, will host Launchpad to guide participants through turning their science question into a mission concept. Participants will go step-by-step through the process of developing a science case, defining requirements, building a team, securing partnerships, and obtaining support from the home institution. Participants will also have time for networking and personal reflection as they mature their mission concepts.

We are interested in broadening the pool of potential NASA space mission PI’s. People with potentially intersecting marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no cost to attend the workshop and travel, meals, and lodging for non-NASA participants will be covered by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

We will select between 35-40 participants from the pool of applicants. For those not selected, we are planning to hold additional Launchpads in 2020 and beyond. Applicants should be currently at US institutions.

Please visit https://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?solId={DFEE66D5-CBD9-0B17-4BF0-1F2B9D723E9D}&path=&method=init to apply and watch this page for new announcements. 

Accessibility Information:

The University of Arizona campus and the UA Disability Resource Center strive to provide services, resources, and programming to facilitate equal learning and opportunities for all attendees. The PI Launchpad will be held in a sustainable building constructed in 2015. The building and conference room are handicap accessible. All entrances are at ground level, as is the entrance to the conference room. All gender restrooms are available in the building. Transportation services will be provided from the airport to the hotel, between the hotel and conference venue, and between the venue and any outside activities for all attendees. Additional details will be forthcoming.

Please email questions to hq-smd-piworkshop@mail.nasa.gov.



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