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									                                                                                                            NO.    10-12
                        National Aeronautics and Space
                                                                                                            DATE      July 23, 2010
                        Goddard Space Flight Center                                                         DISTRIBUTION          Code 500

  SUBJECT :              Call for Applications 2011 Academic Investment for Mission Success (AIMS) Applied Engineering &
                         Technology Directorate (AETD) Advanced Degree Program - Applications Due: August 31, 2010

The Office of Human Capital Management (OHCM) is announcing the call for applications for the Academic Investment for
Mission Success (AIMS) Applied Engineering & Technology Directorate (AETD) Advanced Degree Program.

OHCM in partnership with the AETD is now accepting applications for the AIMS AETD Advanced Degree Program to
pursue coursework beginning January 2011. The purpose of this Program is to allow employees in targeted occupation
series the opportunity to pursue job and mission-related advanced academic degrees to enhance the AETD workforce to
meet new challenges in order to be more effective in contributing to NASA GSFC’s mission. The AIMS Program uses a
competitive process in which applications are ranked by their perspective Directorates and then panel reviewed and

Target Audience: This Program is targeted for AETD engineers who are in the General Engineer (0801), Materials
Engineer (0806), Mechanical Engineer (0830), Electrical Engineer (0850), Computer Engineer (0854), Electronics Engineer
(0855), Aerospace Engineer (0861), Chemical Engineer (0893), Computer Scientists (1550), and Physicists (1310)
occupation series.

Length of Program: Once accepted into the Program, participants are expected to successfully complete their degree
requirements within a 4 year period unless a request for leave of absence has been approved through AETD management and
the OHCM AIMS Program Manager.

Employees seeking participation in the AIMS AETD Advanced Degree Program must:
      a. Be a civil service employee on a permanent, or term, (Employees on a temporary appointment may not apply);
      b. Have worked at NASA as a civil service employee for a minimum of one year by December 31, 2010 (co-op
           time acceptable);
      c. Be accepted into an accredited college or university;
      d. Have attained an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.9 on a 4.0 scale or 3.6 on a 5.0 scale if applying to seek
           a masters degree, or successful completion of a master degree if applying to seek a PhD;
      e. Have a minimum performance rating of “Fully Successful” in 2010;
      f. Submit a completed online application. As part of the application form, you must submit your entire proposed
           academic degree program plan which includes all courses you plan to take to complete your degree;
      g. Submit a management endorsement (included on last page of application); You will need to submit your
           application to your supervisor for completion of the endorsement; and
      h. Submit sealed, official transcripts to Kavita Joshi, Code 114 by August 31, 2010, for first time program
           applications. 2010 AIMS participants are only required to submit a copy of their most recent transcript.

*G1 (All GSFC Civil Service Only)                                          *G5 (Greenbelt Civil Service)
* G2 (Civil Service excluding WFF)                                         *G6 (Greenbelt Civil Service and Onsite Contractors)
*G3 (All Civil Service plus Onsite Contractors at Greenbelt and WFF)       *S1 (All GSFC Civil Service Supervisors)
*G4 (All Civil Service excluding WFF, plus Greenbelt Onsite Contractors)   *S2 (Civil Service Supervisors at Greenbelt, GISS, and IV&V
 GSFC 3-1 (01/07)

The application and management endorsement must be completed online and received no later than August 31,
2010. It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure the application and management endorsement is completed on-
line and submitted by this dealine. The management endorsement provided by the immediate supervisor must fully
justify why they believe AETD should select the candidate by providing:

    1. An identification of the organization’s core competency that the proposed degree supports
    2. An identification of the existing competency levels or gaps that the degree will help fill
    3. An Individual Development Plan (IDP) for the applicant to demonsrate that the proposed advanced degree is the
       “right type of development at the right time” for the candidate
    4. A certification that the applicant earned a “Fully Successful” or better rating during the last rating performance
    5. A firm commitment to support the time off required each week for successful Program completion. GSFC
       time-off guidelines allow participants up to 8 hours per week time-off, with supervisory approval, to attend
       classes, complete homework, study, and conduct other activities associated with ensuring successful completion
       of their coursework.

In an effort to increase fairness, inclusion, accountability and transparency, employees will apply to the Program directly
through an online application. Once the application has been prescreened by OHCM, the completed application package
will be submitted to a panel of AETD senior managers who make the selections. The Program application can be found

Submission of an application to the Program does not guarantee acceptance. Actual AIMS Degree Program funding
amount is contingent upon the number of participants and available funding. Additionally, upon acceptance to the
Program, all participants will be required to:

    1. Complete an approved IDP in SATERN by December 31, 2010
    2. Attend a Program orientation (scheduled for November 19th 9:00 – 11:00 in the Building 1 Training Faciity)
    3. Sign a 2-year Continued Service Agreement that will begin after completion of the degree or at the conclusion of
       the employees’s participation to the Program, whichever is later.

Applicants interested in enhancing the quality of their application package are encouraged to attend any one of the four
identical workshops entitled “Strategies for a Successful AIMS Application.” All workshops will be held in the
Building 1 Training Facility, Room E100. No registration in SATERN needed, please call Jamet Jacobs at
(301) 286-3061 to RSVP and select desired session. These workshops are scheduled for:

    1.   Tuesday, August 3, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    2.   Thursday, August 5, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    3.   Tuesday, August 10, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
    4.   Thursday, August 12, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m

Following the AETD selection process, applicants will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance or non-acceptance into
the Program by October 22, 2010. All accepted applicants are required to attend a two-hour orientation session on
November 19th 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. in the Building 1 Training Facility, Room E100B. Please add this date to your
calendar now.

If you have any questions, please contact Kavita Joshi, AIMS Program Assistant at (301) 286-5458 or by email at or Janice Gelder, AIMS Program Manager at (301) 286-4854 or by email at

I wish you much success in your academic endeavors!
Nichole Pinkney
Nichole Pinkney
Chief, Talent Cultivation Office

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