The Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium (PRSGC) was established in 1993, in conjunction with the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with the MISSION to enhance local research and education capabilities in aerospace-related fields and to contribute to the nation's science and technology enterprise by capitalizing on the wealth of institutional and human potential resident on the Island through a multifaceted and balanced approach bolstered by an expanded and diversified system of fifteen affiliates (Ana G. Mendez University System, Puerto Rico Astronomical Society, UPR/Carolina, Arecibo Observatory, Education Department of PR, UPR/Cayey, Interamerican University/Bayamón, Univisión Puerto Rico,UPR/ Humacao, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, UPR/Arecibo, UPR/– Mayagüez, Pontifical Catholic University, UPR/Bayamón and UPR/Rio Piedras) that constitute a virtual organization of scientists, educators and public servants throughout the Island, with the University of Puerto Rico-Central Administration as the lead institution with headquarters at the Resource Center for Science and Engineering. PRSGC contributes to NASA mission, with special emphasis on its third component: “to inspire the next generation of explorers … as only NASA can.”

Established in 1994 by the Resource Center for Science and Engineering (RCSE) of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the PR NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (PR NASA EPSCoR) has been implementing strategic tasks to enhance Puerto Rico’s research competitiveness and infrastructure, in alignment with the NASA mission and vision, advancing and supporting activities that lead to collaborative research with NASA Field Centers and Directorates, expand PR’s capabilities in NASA-related sciences at the higher education level, attract students into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, and support new and ongoing NASA exploration mission-related research and students.