Proposals for the Microgravity Research Competition will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Heinlein Prize Trust. Members of the panel will include experts in relevant research disciplines, spaceflight, and commercialization. Selection criteria are:
- Sound research and meritorious science
- Utilization of microgravity
- Experiment design consistent with the accommodations and flight opportunity provided
- Feasible project plan
- Likelihood and consequence of commercialization
On April 3, the top three proposals will be announced as finalists. By April 7 at 5:00 pm CT, finalists shall identify the names of the two participants who will travel to Houston to present their proposal in the final round of competition at Rice University. It is recommended that the PI be one of the two. (More than two team members can attend the presentation, but only two will present to the judges.)
Finalists will present their proposals to the judges on April 17 at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management of Rice University in Houston. Air transportation and hotel accommodations for the two presenters per finalist shall be provided.
During the evening of April 18, the winner will be announced at the awards banquet for the 2009 Rice University Business Plan Competition hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. Two members of each finalist team will be provided complimentary admission to the awards banquet (business attire). At least one representative must be present to win.