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.
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 email@example.com 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:
- Protecting astronaut health and performance on long missions
- Space Biology / Agriculture
- Mission spacecraft technology
- Living in space
- Space station research and technology
- Research and operations integration
- Space radiation
- Human factors and behavioral performance
- Exploring the moon, how to live and work in other worlds in preparation for human mission to Mars
- PI/Co-PI Names, Email addresses, and Institutional/Departmental Affiliation
- Project Description (up to 5 pages)
- Estimated Budget and Justification (up to 3 pages)
- Timeline of the project activities, including start date and end date
- 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)
- Project References
- CV / Biosketch for PI, Co-PI and Senior Personnel (max 3 pages per investigator)
- NSF style Current and Pending support (C&P)
- NSF style Collaborators and Other Affiliations (COA) to be used for reviews
- Funds can be used for:
- Faculty salaries, graduate students, post-docs, project staff
- Equipment, software, supplies
- Travel that is related to the pilot project
- Participant incentives
- Subcontracts to collaborating institutions (no indirect costs allowed)
- Funds may not be used for:
- Major research equipment
- Travel to conferences
No indirect costs are allowable on the state EPSCoR pilot grants.