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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).

MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Competition (MITTIC) 2.0 Cancellation;
Virtual Awards to be Presented

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.

Technology Available

Technology Available

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

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility Requirements

See if you're eligible for the MITTIC activity!

Challenge Guidelines

Challenge Guidelines

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Key Dates

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 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:

  • concept paper/business plan
  • explain team's concept and business plan during a poster session
  • present an oral "lightning pitch" presentation to a panel of judges

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:

  • GPA - 3.0 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



  • Four primary team members are required to be currently enrolled in the proposing Minority Serving Institution (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 immersive experience events.
  • Each team is required to provide a supporting letter of intent on school letterhead from an authorized official. (Authorized official examples: department chair, vice president or president of proposing school.)
  • Teams providing a supporting letter of intent from a participating NASA Small Business Company (SBC) will be given priority.
  • 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 proposal is submitted.
  • All team members must be 16 or older before arrival to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and NASA's Ames Research Center located in Silicon Valley, California.
  • 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 immersive experience at Johnson. If selected to attend Ames, eight team members and one PI may participate.


Information session on how to apply

spinoff 2019

Spinoff 2019: How Technology Improves Life on Earth

how to pitch

How to Pitch Your Idea in 3-5 minutes

example pitch

Example Pitch

impoertan questions

Five Important Questions to Ask Before Pitching to Investors


Announce Opportunity:
Tuesday, October 30, 2019

Information Sessions:
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

Link to Join Information Sessions:

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Acceptance Letter Sent to Qualifying Teams: Febuary 2020
Online Collaboration for Ten Qualifying Teams: March - May 2020
NASA's Johnson Space Center Onsite Immersion Experience for Ten Qualifying Teams: April 2020
NASA's Ames Research Center Onsite Immersion Experience for One Qualifying Team: June 2020