JPL is proud of its long record of mutually beneficial partnerships with universities and continually seeks to work with faculty and the next generation of scientists and engineers to ensure JPL's continuing successful contribution to NASA's missions. To this end, JPL invests NASA funds in several programs to support and cultivate collaborations. JPL also supports a wide variety of student, faculty, and post-doctoral programs. The key JPL opportunities and offices relevant to our strategic university partners are summarized below.
The Strategic University Partnership Program supports collaborative research and educational activities via an annual Call for Proposals. Proposals must include participation by one or more of JPL's Strategic University Partners. The research and educational awards are for up to $100K and $25K for one year, with renewal proposals encouraged to allow for the continuity of graduate student research for up to two years. Summer internships at JPL for students can be linked to the research awards.
The Center for Academic Partnerships
Collaborative proposals typically originate from grass-roots discussions and individual contacts. But how do you initiative such a relationship without some knowledge of an organization and the individuals within? The Center for Academic Partnerships was initiated by JPL in 2009 to catalyze research partnerships between JPL and the academic community. To this end, CAP supports, among other activities, visits by faculty and students to JPL (and vice versa) for the purpose of stimulating future collaborations. For more information, please contact Cinzia Zuffada.
Student and Faculty Programs
JPL supports a very wide range of student programs from K-12 through higher education. You are invited to explore JPL's Education Gateway to learn about the numerous undergraduate, graduate, and faculty programs that are offered.
At any given time there are more than 100 postdocs at JPL engaged in science and engineering for two to three years before accepting permanent positions elsewhere or at JPL. Please visit the Postdoctoral Programs website for information about the many available postdoctoral program.
Help is on the Way!
Already an academic affiliate or planning a visit to JPL? Baffled by our processes or left in limbo by a badging glitch? The Office of University Research Affairs has established an Academic Liaison position to help you navigate JPL and resolve the barriers to a fruitful visit. Please do not hesitate to contact Albert Magallanes (818-354-6835 office, 818-395-5819 mobile) for assistance with your issue. No problem is too big or too small.
The SURP Program Office
The SURP Program Office was established to encourage and support all facets of the relationship between JPL and its strategic university partners. If you have an idea for a new approach to partnership formation, or want to explore how to reach into JPL to make something happen, or need some clarity on JPL's organization -- or anything at all -- then the SURP manager, Neil Murphy, wants to hear from you.