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).
The safety and protection of the MITTIC student teams, our NASA workforce and all those supporting the competition is NASA's top priority. According to guidance of the Center for Disease Control and other federal agencies, traveling and gathering in large groups are heavily discouraged at this time. In an effort to comply with guidance and help restrict the spread of COVID-19, we regret that we must cancel this year's competition. However, awards will still be given virtually, to reward teamwork accomplished to date.
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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 partnering with a NASA Small Business Company (SBC) will be given priority.
2. Up to 10 qualifying teams selected to participate in an online collaboration tool and are funded to travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center located in Houston for an onsite immersion experience in April of 2020. During the experience, all participants are REQUIRED to submit:
The concept 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's Ames Research Center and various companies in Silicon Valley, California. This experience exposes team members to research facilities and laboratories, start-up companies, and the opportunity to discuss further development.
4. Selected 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:
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Tuesday, October 30, 2019
Wednesday, November 6, 2019: 5:00 pm ET
Tuesday, November 12, 2019: 6:30 pm ET
Tuesday, December 3, 2019: 5:00 pm ET
Tuesday, December 10, 2019: 6:00 pm ET
Tuesday, January 7, 2020: 1:00 pm ET
Thursday, January 16, 2020: 4:00 pm ET
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Acceptance Letter Sent to Qualifying Teams:
Online Collaboration for Ten Qualifying Teams:
March - May 2020
NASA's Johnson Space Center Onsite Immersion Experience for Ten Qualifying Teams:
NASA's Ames Research Center Onsite Immersion Experience for One Qualifying Team: