The Heinlein Prize Trust sponsors a number of prizes and awards to support the advancement of commercial space activities across a broad span of applications and areas. Working with the Rice Business Plan Competition, and the Space Frontier Foundation, the Heinlein Prize Trust has given awards to companies which have gone on to make significant contributions and advancements in areas of medicine, energy, and materials technology.

Space Law: An Introduction for US Commercial Space Businesses

An overview of space law with emphasis on jurisdiction and control of commercial activities such as mining, settlement, and the tension between US national law and international treaty law. The Heinlein Prize Trust is pleased to offer this overview as a reference resource to commercial space businesses  Read MoreRead More

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2013 Space Commercialization Award to Big Science

The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize® Trust has awarded a $15,000 prize as part of the Rice Business Plan Competition. The business whose plan was chosen to receive the Heinlein Prize Trust Space Commercialization Award is Big Science from …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein Prize$15,000 Space Commercialization Award to SolidEnergy, MIT for “Shipstone”

The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize® Trust, has awarded a $15,000 prize as part of the Rice Business Plan Competition. The business whose plan was chose to receive the Heinlein Prize Trust Space Commercialization Award is SolidEnergy, MIT. SolidEnergy …  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeNewSpace Business Plan Prize

The Heinlein Prize Trust, in conjunction with the Space Frontier Foundation, announces a $5000 prize in the the 2011 Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition. The competition is for new, independent ventures in the seed, start-up, or early growth stages. The …  Read MoreRead More

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WinnersHeinlein Commercial Space Activity Prize Awarded to the University of Arkansas

April 22, 2010: Heinlein Commercial Space Activity Prize Awarded to the University of Arkansas  Read MoreRead More

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Rice Alliance$15,000 Heinlein Commercial Space Award

April 8, 2010: As part of its ongoing mission to encourage and advance commercial space activities, The Robert A. and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust, has underwritten a $15,000 prize as part of the Rice Business Plan Competition.  Read MoreRead More

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Space Frontier FoundationFinalists Selected for the Space Frontier Foundation’s Heinlein Business Plan Competition

June 30, 2009: Space Frontier Foundation is announces the 10 finalists for the Heinlein Business Plan Competition. The winner will be announced at the Apollo 11 Anniversary Gala during the NewSpace 2009 Conference.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeMicrogravity Research Competition Winners Announced

April 21, 2009: University of Texas Health Science Center Wins Microgravity Research Competition with project focused on the development of the science and technology for controlled, long-term drug release. This research, conducted in space, could yield important cancer treatments here on Earth.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeMicrogravity Research Competition Finalists Announced

April 3, 2009: Three finalists in the Microgravity Research Competition, sponsored by The Heinlein Prize Trust, SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies), and the Rice Alliance have been chosen. This competition gives student researchers an exciting opportunity to advance their projects in the ultimate laboratory—in Low Earth Orbit in the microgravity environment of a private spacecraft, the SpaceX Dragon.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeMicrogravity Research Competition Proposals Received

March 25, 2009: Nine proposals have been submitted by Florida Tech, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Universities Space Research Association, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, College of Menominee Nation, University of Texas Health Science Center, Duke University Medical Center, and University of Alabama in Huntsville.  Read MoreRead More

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Heinlein PrizeMicrogravity Research Competition Announced

January 19, 2009: The Heinlein Prize Trust announces the Microgravity Research Competition to reward innovation in the use of microgravity to advance biotech, nanotech, combustion, metallurgy, and other fields. The competition offers a $25,000 prize and transportation to and from Low Earth Orbit for the winning experiment aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft.  Read MoreRead More

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