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Minority University Research & Education Project (MUREP) Innovation Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC) is a 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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Eligibility Requirements

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MITTIC Participant Challenge Guidelines for Concept Paper

Challenge Guidelines

Feel free to reference our guidelines to assist you. Revised 9/14/2018


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Key Dates and Information Sessions

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  • 1. Teams choose one NASA Intellectual Property (IP) from the provided list and submit concept papers using MITTIC challenge guidelines. Teams are encouraged to partner with a NASA Small Business Company (SBC) registered here:

  • 2. Up to ten qualifying teams selected to participate in an online collaboration tool and are funded to travel to NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) for an onsite immersion experience in January of 2019. During the experience, all participants are REQUIRED to submit:

    • technical concept paper
    • explain their technical concept and business plan during a poster session
    • present an oral "lightning pitch" presentation to a panel of judges

  • The technical paper, poster session, and oral presentation will be reviewed and evaluated using a common rubric.

  • 3. One qualifying team receives travel funding for up to eight team members and one Principal Investigator (PI) to visit, tour, and present at NASA AMES Research Center (ARC) and various companies in Silicon Valley. This experience exposes team members to research facilities and laboratories, start-up companies, and the opportunity to discuss further development.

  • 4. Up to 8 MITTIC participants receive a paid NASA Internship funded by Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) through the SBIR/STTR and Technology Transfer (TT) programs at any NASA Center. All MITTIC participants can apply.

    NASA MUREP Internships Eligibility Requirements:

    • GPA - 2.90 at the time of application - There are no exceptions. Rounding of the GPA is not permissible.
    • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
    • Accepted to or enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university. Must be a Minority Serving Institution (MSI).
    • 16 years of age or older.
    • Letter of recommendation to be submitted on your application to

Eligibility Requirements

  • ✓ Only one team per Minority Serving Institution is allowed to submit a proposal.
  • ✓ Primary team members are required to be currently enrolled in the proposing MSI.
  • ✓ Supervising Principal Investigator (PI) is required to actively work for the proposing MSI.
  • ✓ Up to four primary team members and one PI are required to attend all onsite immersion experience events.
  • ✓ Each team is required to provide a supporting letter of intent on school letterhead from an authorized official.
  • ✓ Each team is encouraged to have a supporting letter of intent from a participating NASA small business.
  • All team members must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (junior college, community college, college, university) at the time the proposal is submitted.
  • All team members must be 16 or older before arrival to Houston, Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Mt. View, Ames Research Center (ARC).
  • All onsite NASA MITTIC participants are required to be U.S. Citizens.
  • ✓ Teams may enlist the support of students of any classification, faculty members, professional consultants, etc. However, only four primary team members and one PI may participate in the onsite immersion experience at JSC or ARC.


Concept Paper Guidelines.pdf

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Apply Here: MITTIC 2018

Step by Step Instructions for Proposal Submission: Here

*** Teams will have a hard time submitting through NSPIRES if you wait until the last minute. If you need help submitting your concept paper to NSPIRES, please contact us ASAP We are here to answer your questions!

Key Dates

  • Announce Opportunity: August 3, 2018
  • Information Sessions:
  • August 14, 2018: 6:00 pm CT
  • August 30, 2018: 7:00 pm CT
  • September 4, 2018: 5:30 pm CT
  • September 18, 2018: 7:00 pm CT
  • September 27, 2018: 6:00 pm CT
  • October 9, 2018: 5:00 pm CT
  • October 11, 2018: 6:00 pm CT
  • October 15, 2018: 3-4 pm CT

Link to Join Information Sessions:
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Concept Papers Due: November 16, 2018

  • Acceptance Letter Sent to Qualifying Teams: November 2018
  • Online Collaboration for Ten Qualifying Teams: December - March 2019
  • Johnson Space Center Onsite Immersion Experience for Ten Qualifying Teams: January 2019
  • Ames Research Center Onsite Immersion Experience for One Qualifying Team: March 2019

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