Extraterrestrial Research Funding Opportunities

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Extraterrestrial Research Funding Opportunities

Key Takeaways

  • The Earth and Space Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to provide grants to initiatives that either apply knowledge of the Earth's landscape to explore space settlement or apply space exploration insights to improve the planet.
  • The Planetary Society is a non-profit organization that aims to discover more knowledge about the solar system and the space beyond.
  • The National Space Society is a non-profit group that is focused on creating a spacefaring society.


Introduction

The research brief below provided non-profit grant-giving foundations that are likely to provide funding for scientific research on extraterrestrial life due to their previous support or funding records for space-related projects. For some organizations found, their grant submission deadlines already passed as the year is almost over already. Nevertheless, these foundations are accepting applications every year for those who missed the deadlines this year. The foundations or grant-giving bodies found were Change Happen Foundation, the Earth and Space Foundation, The Space Foundation, the Planetary Society, the MARS Initiative, the National Space Society, and the National Space Grant Foundation (NSGF). Their details and their interest in space exploration topics were presented below.

Change Happen Foundation

Earth and Space Foundation

  • The Earth and Space Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to provide grants to initiatives that either apply knowledge of the Earth's landscape to explore space settlement or apply space exploration insights to improve the planet.
  • By supporting these projects, the organization aims to propel its vision of "the Earth as an oasis, cared for by a space-faring civilization."
  • The deadline for accepting applications to the grant is June 30th every year.

The Space Foundation

  • The Space Foundation is a non-profit advocacy group that was created in 1983.
  • It provides a portal to education, data, and partnerships for space exploration and space-oriented sectors that constitute the global space landscape.
  • Space Foundation brings together the full spectrum of stakeholders companies, governments, the academe, and the local neighborhoods through membership programs, sponsorship opportunities, fundraising, and grants.

Planetary Society

  • One of its open grant programs is the Shoemaker Grant program that can provide funding to rookie observers, those in developing countries, and expert astronomers who are tracking potentially devastating asteroids.

The Mars Initiative

National Space Society

  • The National Space Society is a non-profit group that is focused on creating a spacefaring society.
  • The organization has already supported several projects that relate to space explorations and space settlements.
  • Interested parties can contact the organization for any new space exploration or related projects.

The National Space Grant Foundation (NSGF)

  • The NGSF is a non-profit and tax-exempt foundation that aims to support and improve the Space Grant Consortia in each U.S. state to enable them to continue their academic, research, and public outreach programs.
  • These programs revolve around STEM support, space exploration, aeronautics, aviation, and Earth System Science.
  • The organization has a space grant consortium in each state. These state entities are accepting applicants who wish to avail of grants for their science and space-related research and initiatives.

Research Strategy

To find grants or non-profit grant-giving foundations that are likely to provide funding for scientific research regarding the search for extraterrestrial life, we leveraged the most reputable sources in the public domain such as space and science-oriented sites (Space Explored, Science Org, Wired, etc.), industry association reports (America's Promise Alliance, etc.) academic sites (NAP, HBR, MIT, etc.), media sources (BBC, CNN, Kent Reporter, etc.), and other related sources. Based on the findings from these sources, we were able to identify grant-giving foundations or organizations that have supported or have funded space-related projects in the past. Even if extraterrestrial projects were not directly indicated on their sites, we inferred that the foundations would be interested in this topic given their interest in space exploration, space settlement, and other related terms. For some organizations found, their grant submission deadlines already passed as the year is almost over already. Nevertheless, these foundations are accepting applications every year for those who missed the deadlines this year.

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