Research Sponsors

Current research within C-STAR is supported by agencies and corporations who share our desire to advance space-related activities beyond the known limits of technology and science. Major research sponsors include:

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA and its many Directorates sponsor various programs that give undergraduate and graduate students unique opportunities to work side by side with NASA scientists and engineers who serve as mentors. Additionally, NASA and its Directorates sponsor research projects within academia. External link:


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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NOAA offers researchers of many disciplines, from oceanography, chemistry, biology, meteorology, and mathematics, to physics, computer sciences, and engineering, the opportunity to conduct collaborative research at remote outposts in the Arctic and Antarctica, aboard research and fishing vessels, in-flight on airplanes, at the depths of the oceans, in state-of-the-art laboratories, and at computers to advance our understanding of the complex systems that support our planet. External link:


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Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

DARPA relies on multi-disciplinary research to both advance knowledge and create innovative technologies that address current practical problems. DARPA’s scientific investigations span the gamut from basic research in laboratories to full-scale technology demonstrations in the fields of biology, medicine, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, material sciences, social sciences, neurosciences and more. As the primary innovation engine for the Department of Defense, DARPA undertakes projects that are finite in duration but create lasting revolutionary change. External link:


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National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of $7.2 billion (FY 2014), they fund approximately 21 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by scientists and engineers at U.S. colleges and universities. NSF has earned a solid reputation in academia through its commitment to supporting science and engineering education from pre-K through graduate school and beyond. Equally important is their funding for equipment that is often too expensive for any one group or researcher to afford. Examples of such major research equipment include giant optical and radio telescopes; Antarctic research sites; high-end computer facilities and ultra-high-speed connections; ships for ocean research; sensitive detectors of very subtle physical phenomena; and gravitational wave observatories. External link:

Strategic Partners


NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Georgia Tech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2012 to formally execute a strategic partnership that promotes and encourages interaction between the institutions, with a special focus on research collaborations and personnel exchanges in science and engineering. Georgia Tech is among the top five universities from which JPL seeks future talent. C-STAR is the Georgia Tech focal point for this strategic partnership with JPL.


Georgia Department of Economic Development Center of Innovation for Aerospace

Georgia Tech works closely with the Georgia Center of Innovation for Aerospace (COIA), a program of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. COIA acts as a catalyst, creating opportunities for aerospace companies and their suppliers by connecting them to new technologies, university research, potential business collaborators, and current industry information. The collaborative activity of COIA and C-STAR advances recognition of Georgia’s strength in the global aerospace industry and contributes to the entrepreneurial and educational ecosystems required for the continued growth of the space sector in Georgia.


Georgia Space Consortium

Sponsored by NASA since 1990, the Georgia Space Grant consortium encourages students to choose educational paths and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics using “space” as an attraction. Through consortium programs, an increased workforce with advanced degrees in the fields of chemistry, physics, math, biology, engineering, education, environmental science, policy and management, and a host of other technical fields is being produced to strengthen the nation’s aerospace capabilities. C-STAR partners with the Georgia Space Grant consortium in this educational mission and provides a wide range of technical material for Space Grant challenges.