2018 BIG Idea Competition

2018 BIG Idea Competition

This is a call for applications for the 2018 edition of the Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea challenge, an initiative supporting NASA’s Game Changing Development Programme (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions.

The 2018 BIG Idea Challenge seeks novel concepts that emphasize innovative mechanical design, low mass and high efficiency, with viable operational approaches that assure sustained power generation on the Mars surface over the Martian year and during extended dust storms.




30 Nov 2017


Teams presenting at the BIG Idea Forum will receive $6,000 to facilitate full participation in the Forum.

The students in the top overall winning team will be awarded with offers for paid winning NASA internship offers.


Oct. 1, 2017:Deadline to submit a Notice of Intent (optional)
Oct. 4, 2017:Q&A Webinar for interested teams
Dec. 15, 2017: Teams are notified of their selection status
Dec. 18-19, 2017:Individual team feedback discussions with judges (selected teams only)
February 4, 2018:Deadline to make hotel reservations at group rate
February 4, 2018:Deadline for online registration and payment for the 2018 BIG Idea Challenge Forum
Feb. 20, 2018:Deadline to submit technical paper and oral presentation files
March 1, 2018:Deadline to apply for NASA internships via OSSI (Including letters of recommendation)
March 5-6, 2018:2018 BIG Idea Challenge Forum at NASA LaRC or NASA GRC


United States

Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).


Credit: 2018 BIG Idea Competition 

Date Added: 28 Jul 2017

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