Request for Internal Proposals for Pilot Grants: NASA EPSCoR

Proposal Deadline: 5:00 p.m. CST, April 1, 2024

Overview and Purpose
NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state or region’s research infrastructure, research and development capacity, and its national research and development competitiveness. NASA’s overall mission is: Exploring the secrets of the universe for the benefit of all. NASA investigates the unknown in air and space, innovates for the benefit of humanity, and inspires the world through discovery. NASA currently has 80 active science missions, see here for more information and here for perspectives from past NASA-funded researchers.

Each proposed NASA EPSCoR pilot project shall perform scientific and/or technical research in areas that support NASA’s strategic research and technology development priorities with the goal of ensuring a competitive submission to a NASA funding opportunity. All proposals should emphasize and clearly articulate how the pilot project develops capabilities to compete for funds from NASA.

Available funding:
Proposals for this fiscal year can be up to $50,000 in direct costs only, no indirect costs will be allowed. Faculty who may be seeking matching funds for a NASA proposal should contact prior to submitting.

Proposals should target high-priority NASA research and technology development as determined by mission directorates. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  1. Protecting astronaut health and performance on long missions
  2. Space Biology / Agriculture
  3. Mission spacecraft technology
  4. Living in space
  5. Space station research and technology
  6. Research and operations integration
  7. Space radiation
  8. Human factors and behavioral performance
  9. Exploring the moon, how to live and work in other worlds in preparation for human mission to Mars

Proposal Format:

  1. Title
  2. PI/Co-PI Names, Email addresses, and Institutional/Departmental Affiliation
  3. Project Description (up to 5 pages)
  4. Estimated Budget and Justification (up to 3 pages)
  5. Timeline of the project activities, including start date and end date
  6. Identify targeted NASA funding opportunity and describe how pilot project increases competitiveness. Include the need for a future potential match and a timeline for external grant submission, including link to program (1 page)
  7. Project References
  8. CV / Biosketch for PI, Co-PI and Senior Personnel (max 3 pages per investigator)
  9. NSF style Current and Pending support (C&P)
  10. NSF style Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) to be used for reviews

Budget Guidelines:

  1. Funds can be used for:
    1. Faculty salaries, graduate students, post-docs, project staff
    2. Equipment, software, supplies
    3. Travel that is related to the pilot project
    4. Participant incentives
    5. Subcontracts to collaborating institutions (no indirect costs allowed)
  2. Funds may not be used for:
    1. Major research equipment
    2. Travel to conferences

No indirect costs are allowable on the state EPSCoR pilot grants.

To Apply:
Applications will be accepted through April 1, 2024 and can be submitted online at: (NASA EPSCoR Pilot Grants)

Project duration should begin no earlier than May 1, 2024 and should end no later than June 30, 2025

Review Process:
Proposals will be reviewed by internal and potentially external reviewers and applicants will be notified no later than April 30, 2024.

Project PI will submit a report within 30 days of the end of the project. Report should include project outcomes, planned submission to NASA.


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