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Minority University Research & Education Project (MUREP) Innovation Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a higher education spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization by seeking concept papers from multi-disciplinary student teams enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

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Overview

Overview

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

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Challenge Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

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Getting Started

Getting Started

Steps to apply by August 24, 2020

Technology Available

Technology Available

Check out the details of the NASA Intellectual Properties (IPs) available.

FAQ

FAQ's

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Key Dates

Key Dates and Information Sessions

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Videos

Videos

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MITTIC OVERVIEW

DESCRIPTION
The Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a higher education spinoff challenge established to develop new ideas for commercialization by seeking concept papers from multi-disciplinary student teams enrolled at a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).

CURRICULUM
New this year! Through collaboration with NASA L'SPACE Academy, MITTIC is offering a "concept to commercialization" training opportunity. The L'SPACE Proposal Writing and Evaluation Experience Academy is a free, online, interactive 12-week training course designed to provide unique, hands-on learning and insight into the dynamic world of the Space Industry. Learn to effectively write a concept proposal that turns innovative ideas into reality. Gain experience in the process of writing, reviewing, and scoring proposals through the lens of a NASA reviewer. MITTIC requires at least one student per team to complete the L'SPACE training course in order for the team to participate in the MITTIC competition. Team members are enrolled in NASA L'SPACE Academy by submitting a Letter of Intent to MITTIC by August 24, 2020 (see section: Getting Started).
NASA L'SPACE Academy is scheduled for September 3 - November 19, 2020.

COMPETITION
  1. Upon completion of the L'SPACE Academy, teams composed of four (4) to five (5) students must choose one NASA Intellectual Property (IP) from the provided list on page 11, and submit a concept paper explaining the commercial viability of the proposed concept using MITTIC challenge guidelines (pages 4-8). *Priority is given to teams partnering with a Large or Small Business Company.
  2. Up to eight (8) qualifying teams are selected to participate in an online collaboration tool and funded to travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The onsite immersion experience will occur in April 2021. Each team is REQUIRED to submit:
    • Certificate of completion from a least one team member who completed one of the L'SPACE academies
    • Concept paper/business plan
    • Explanation of team's concept and business plan during a poster session
    • An oral "lightning pitch" presentation, during Space Tank competition
    The concept paper, poster session and oral presentation will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee using the criteria listed within this document.
  3. The winning team of the Space Tank competition will receive travel funding for up to five (5) team members and one (1) principal investigator (PI) to visit, tour and present at NASA's Ames Research Center and various tech companies in Silicon Valley, California. This experience provides the team with an exclusive look at facilities, laboratories, start-up companies and the opportunity to discuss further concept development.
  4. EACH qualifying team could receive incentives of up to $5,000, while the winning team is eligible to receive up to an additional $10,000. Internship opportunities are also available for qualified MITTIC participants. See the competition guideline document for full details.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • All team members must be 16 or older before arrival to a NASA center.
  • All team members visiting a NASA center are required to be U.S. Citizens.
  • Each team must have four (4) to five (5) team members currently enrolled in the proposing Minority Serving Institution (MSI).
  • All team members must be full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (junior college, community college, college or university) at the time the concept paper is submitted.
  • At least one member from each team is required to complete a L'SPACE training course at the time the concept paper is submitted. Team members are enrolled in NASA L'SPACE Academy by submitting a Letter of Intent to MITTIC by August 24, 2020 (see section: Getting Started). L'SPACE alumni automatically qualify.
  • Each team is required to have a principal investigator (PI) who actively works for the proposing MSI.

GETTING STARTED

Teams and Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in participating in MITTIC must submit a letter of intent (LOI) to
by August 24, 2020
The LOI should express intent to participate in MITTIC by briefly providing all known information:
  • Your name and email
  • Name of your college/university - must be a minority serving institution
    • Teams may combine MSI's to form teams.
    • Your "core team institution" is the institution of which your PI is employed.
  • Type of minority serving institution(s) of each team member and PI
    • (e.g. TCU, HBCU, HSI, ANAPISI, etc.)
    • For more information, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/stem/murep/faq.html#3
  • Name and email of Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Names and email of four (4) to five (5) student team members (if available)
NOTE: If you have your student team and do not yet have a PI, submit the LOI with all other necessary contents.

VIDEOS

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Spinoff 2019: How Technology Improves Life on Earth

how to pitch

How to Pitch Your Idea in 3-5 minutes

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Example Pitch

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Five Important Questions to Ask Before Pitching to Investors

KEY DATES

Student Recruitment Season Begins
Friday, July 24, 2020

Information Sessions:
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 3pm CT
Monday August 3, 2020 at 2pm CT
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6m CT
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 3pm CT
Wednesday August 12, 2020 at 12pm CT
Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 3pm CT
Thursday, August 20, 2020 at 2pm CT

Information Sessions for interested teams who meet all eligibility requirements:
September 16, 2020 at 4pmCT
September 30, 2020 at 2pm CT
October 7, 2020 at 3pm CT
October 14, 2020 at 1pm CT
October 28, 2020 at 3pm CT
November 4, 2020 at 4pm CT
December 2, 2020 at 2pm CT
December 9, 2020 at 12pm CT
January 20, 2021 at 1pm CT
January 27, 2021 at 2pm CT

Letters of Intent Due:
Monday, August 24, 2020 at 11:59pm CT

Pre-MITTIC/L'SPACE Information Session for PI's:
Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 4 - 5 pm CT

L'SPACE Proposal Academy starts
Thursday, September 3, 2020

L'SPACE Proposal Academy ends
Thursday, November 19, 2020

Click here to join information sessions at the times provided above.


CONCEPT PAPERS ACCEPTED:
Monday, January 4, 2021 - Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Acceptance Letter Sent to Qualifying Teams: February/March 2021
Online Collaboration for Eight (8) Qualifying Teams: March-April 2021
NASA's Johnson Space Center Onsite Immersion Experience for Eight (8) Qualifying Teams: April 2021
NASA's Ames Research Center Onsite Immersion Experience for One (1) Qualifying Team: May 2021