New Mexico State University (NMSU) is the lead institution for the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC). NMSGC is a member of the congressionally funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program which is administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1989.

National Program Objectives

  • Promote a strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education base from elementary through secondary levels while preparing teachers in these grade levels to become more effective at improving student academic outcomes.
  • Establish and maintain a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields.
  • Encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and Federal, state and local governments.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary training, research and public service programs related to aerospace.
  • Recruit and train U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology.


NMSGC continues to have a prominent and permanent presence throughout New Mexico. NMSGC is the lead agency of coordination and cooperation to engage Americans in space related technical education and research.


NMSGC advances lifelong learning in the areas related to aerospace science, technology, aeronautics, and space exploration to enhance knowledge, education, innovation, economic vitality, and stewardship of Earth. NMSGC advances the economic, education, and scientific benefits of space related activities and assets in New Mexico.


  • Goal 1: Student Flight Programs- NASA Strategic Goals, Objective 2.4
    NMSGC acts as a catalyst to increase the number of student flight experiments to suborbital, orbital space, and/or the International Space Station. It will help to increase accessibility for educational organizations. We pursue this goal through a portfolio of NASA's unique STEM experiential learning opportunities (e.g. grants, internships, fellowships, scholarships, workshops) and challenges. These create applications of NASA related knowledge encourage innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving skills, which are characteristics required of our Nation's future space STEM workforce.

  • Goal 2: Mission Focused Research/Funding/Economic Vitality
    Promote and make strategic investments in diffusion-oriented research and commercialization of space technology programs in New Mexico. Foster a collaborative interdisciplinary environment that enables NMSGC achieve its mission

  • Goal 3: Promote and Engage
    NMSGC will actively engage partners and stakeholders to raise and expand awareness of space related technology programs in order to significantly multiply the vibrant space ecosystem in New Mexico.

National Charter

NASA Authorization Act of 1988

Program Office

Strategic Plan 2015-2020