NASA EPSCoR RID Competition

Event date(s): Monday, June 19, 2017

Solicitation: May 2, 2017
Required Notices of Intent Due: May 22, 2017
Proposal Due: June 19, 2017
Anticipated Period of Performance: June 26, 2017 - May 5, 2018


The NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is administered through NASA’s Office of Education. The purpose of NASA EPSCoR is to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not participated equably in competitive federal research and development activities in the recent past.

In 2017, the NASA-EPSCoR Missouri jurisdiction is accepting one-year proposals from early-career faculty members at research institutions in Missouri (see Eligibility section below) in order to improve NASA related research capabilities within the state. Research Infrastructure Development (RID) proposals should focus on building the core strength needed to develop and enhance competitive research and technology development methods and activities for solutions to scientific and technical problems of importance to NASA. Successful proposals will address national research interests as defined by one or more of NASA’s three Mission Directorates, the Office of the Chief Technologist, and/or one or more of NASA’s Field Research Centers and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The selected proposals will also contribute to the overall research infrastructure for science, engineering, and technology capabilities; higher education; and/or economic development in Missouri. For a proposal to be considered for funding, one or more letters of support and/or collaboration on the proposed work from NASA scientists and/or engineers must be included with the proposal when submitted.

The NASA-EPSCoR Missouri jurisdiction expects to award a total of approximately $120,400 in 2017 under this solicitation. Therefore, individual one-year proposals with maximum sponsored funding levels of up to $20,000 each are requested. Note that a minimum one-to-one cost share match is required for all funds awarded as a result of this solicitation (total maximum project cost of $40,000). Proposals are limited to one per Principal Investigator.


Eligibility is limited to accredited academic institutions performing scientific research and/or technology development and serving students at all academic levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in Missouri. Principal Investigators must be untenured tenure-track faculty (generally Assistant Professors) who will have not received tenure as of July 1, 2017 and who have less than five years in service as full time faculty at their institution. Note that for collaborative proposals with co-investigators, only proposals with early-career untenured tenure-track faculty as primary principle investigators will be accepted. Primary principle investigators provide the bulk of the work and receive the bulk of the funding awarded for developing their research infrastructure.


For more information regarding Missouri NASA EPSCoR, contact Dr. S.N. Balakrishnan, bala [at] mst [dot] edu.