NASA Marshall selected to win this new grant money

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NASA Marshall had been selected as part of the fist cohort to receive funding from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Bridge Program.

NASA Marshall, NASA Goddard in Maryland and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, will collaborate to explore additive manufacturing approaches for electronics.

What makes NASA’s SMD Bridge Program unique

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They don’t call it Rocket City for no reason. (Christian Standfield / Hville Blast)

The goal of the SMD Bridge Program is to improve diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility across the field of science and engineering and in NASA’s workforce.

“We applaud this inaugural cohort of grant recipients for their innovative research projects, which will make important connections between students, faculty, and NASA. These awards are a first and important step for the SMD Bridge Program in supporting long-term relationships toward creating a more diverse and robust STEM workforce.”

Michael New, Science Mission Directorate deputy associate administrator for research at NASA Headquarters

The projects, like Marshall’s collaboration studying additive manufacturing, will give students and faculty hands-on-training, mentorship and research opportunities.

Who else received some of the $3.7 million funding?

A space mural in downtown Huntsville. (Hville Blast)

$3.7 million from the SMD Bridge Program was awarded to 11 different projects across the country.

Collaborations included partnerships between seven NASA centers across the U.S. and Hispanic-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving institutions and primarily undergraduate institutions.

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