The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state's or region's research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. In addition to the research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support. The EPSCoR program is directed at those jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace and aerospace-related research activities. Twenty-eight states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico currently participate. Seven federal agencies conduct EPSCoR programs, including NASA. The goal of EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.

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NASA EPSCoR Objectives

  • Contribute to and promote the development of research infrastructure in NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission
  • Improve the capabilities of the jurisdictions to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program
  • Develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry
  • Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the jurisdiction
  • Work in close coordination with Space Grant to improve the environment for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the jurisdiction

Two Main Components of NASA EPSCoR

  • EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development, or RID. This component enables jurisdictions to build and strengthen relationships with NASA researchers. The RID has a three-year base period of performance with a potential single, two-year renewable period of performance. Awards are $125,000 per year. NASA intends to announce the RID opportunity every three to five years, pending funding availability.
  • EPSCoR Research Awards solicits topic-specific proposals addressing high-priority NASA research and technology development needs. Awards are up to $750,000 for a three-year performance period. NASA intends to announce the EPSCoR CAN for Research Awards yearly, pending funding availabilty.

Funding Opportunities

NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium 2017 Associates Award Competition


Solicitation: May 1, 2017
Proposals Due: June 19, 2017
Anticipated Period of Performance: July 10, 2017 - April 30, 2018


The NASA Missouri Space Grant Office is accepting proposals to extend the Consortium’s capabilities and enhance collaborations with Missouri academic institutions that are not permanent members. The Office expects to award a total of approximately $69,000 under this solicitation for proposals with anticipated funding levels ranging from $7,500 to $15,000 per proposal. This call is dependent upon availability of FY 2017 funds. Proposals for lesser amounts will be considered. Note that, excluding fellowships and scholarships, a one-to-one cost share match is required for all funds awarded as a result of this solicitation. The Missouri Space Grant Office reserves the right to partially fund proposals if deemed appropriate.
The main mission of the Consortium is to maintain and enhance, through the State's research universities and corporate partners, the Nation’s workforce capabilities in aerospace and space related science, engineering, and technology; and to aid in the dissemination of NASA related information to students, faculty, researchers, and the general public. The primary goal of the Consortium is to inspire, motivate, recruit, educate, and train students to be competent researchers at all academic levels in order to help meet Missouri’s and NASA’s need for skilled, knowledgeable, diverse, and high-performing professional scientists, engineers, technologists, and educators specializing in the fields of interest to NASA.


Eligibility is limited to accredited academic institutions and informal education providers in Missouri that are not permanent Affiliates of the Consortium.

NASA EPSCoR RID Competition

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.