In the context of this Competition, the funding source defines underserved and underrepresented communities as those that have historically faced persistent inequity or encountered barriers that have limited their access to opportunities including Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; those who identify as women, members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.
The NASA Space Tech Catalyst Prize, recognizes, and supports individuals and organizations that contribute to the growth and development of underrepresented and diverse innovators, researchers, technologists, and entrepreneurs in the field of space technology.
This Competition aims to highlight best practices and solutions for engaging and empowering these groups, ultimately improving their chances of competing for space technology research and development awards and successfully transitioning their technology for commercial or NASA Mission infusion.
The primary goals of the Competition are threefold:
The awardees will form a diverse, impact-oriented cohort that embodies the spirit and integrity of the Competition's serious vision. The cohort will be invited on a paid trip to participate in an in-person convening event in Washington DC at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to share best practices in reaching, engaging, and developing the capabilities and skill sets of diverse groups to be better prepared to apply successfully for funding opportunities within ESIP and subsequent commercialization/ infusion success.
Applicants to the Prize Competition must be able to demonstrate successes in supporting underserved communities in the advancement of new technologies and concepts in any of the following technology categories:
For more information about each of these categories, see https://spacetechprize.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/ESIP-Space-Tech-Catalyst-Prize-Rules-Reqs-v6-FINAL-.docx.pdf#page=4
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