NASA’s Gateways to Blue Skies Competition

Reminder! The deadline to submit a Proposal for NASA’s 2024 Gateways to Blue Skies Competition is Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 11:59 PM ET.
2024 Theme: Advancing Aviation for Natural Disasters

NASA is asking collegiate teams to conceptualize, in terms of feasibility and viability, aviation-related system(s) that can be applied by 2035 to one phase of management of a chosen type of natural disaster to improve capabilities.
Up to 8 finalist teams will each receive a $8,000 stipend to facilitate the presentation of their concepts to a panel of NASA and industry subject matter experts at the 2024 Gateways to Blue Skies Forum at NASA’s Ames Research Center this May.  

Members of the winning team will be offered internship opportunities within NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD).
The 2024 Gateways to Blue Skies Competition seeks to investigate aviation-related capabilities that, if developed further or approached differently, could play a major role in modernizing existing disaster management practices.  

Interested and eligible teams should submit a 5-7-page proposal and a 2-minute video outlining their project by 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, February 27, 2024*! A Notice of Intent is highly encouraged, but not required to participate. Submit an NOI now to receive competition updates!  

For more information, proposal requirements, and formatting guidelines, view the full Competition Guidelines.  

*Late submissions cannot be accepted.
Submit a Proposal Package by February 27
Visit the Competition Website!
Proposal-related questions should be asked no later than Thursday, February 22 to receive a response before proposals are due. Contact the Blue Skies Program Team at  
Important Dates for the 2024 Blue Skies Competition
RollingSubmitting an NOI is optional, but highly encouraged!
February 27, 2024 Proposal and Video Submission Deadline (11:59 PM ET)
March 26, 2024 – Teams Notified of Selection Status
April 29, 2024 – Deadline for Online Forum Registration & Forum Hotel Reservations (11:59 PM ET)
May 13, 2024 – Final Research Paper and Infographic Submission Deadline (11:59 PM ET)
May 27, 2024 – Presentation/Chart Deck Submission Deadline (Noon ET)
May 30-31, 2024 – 2024 Gateways to Blue Skies Forum in Mountain View, CA