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Grant to a Kansas Investigator for New Research Related to Space and Technology

Seed Research Initiation (SRI) Grant


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Funding Source
Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program (KNEP) - Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Kansas

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/10/23 Noon Save

Grant Description
Grant to a Kansas investigator to initiate and conduct a new research study related to space and technology. Funding is intended to promote economic development and foster collaborations and partnerships between underrepresented students at Kansas academic institutions and NASA. Priority areas of interest include improving the quality of life on earth and expanding knowledge of space.

With support from NASA and the Kansas Board of Regents - the Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program (KNEP) anticipates awarding a Seed Research Initiation (SRI) grant under the KNEP Research Infrastructure Development (RID) program. SRI grants are designed to assist investigators in starting research projects having a high probability for sustained growth and value to NASA and Kansas.

A successful SRI grant leads to productive collaborations, joint publications, and additional grant awards. A direct impact on state economic development is also extremely desirable. Ultimately, the goal is to form long-term self-sustaining nationally competitive capabilities that meet both NASA and Kansas’s research infrastructure development goals. 

Awards are competitive, with a strong emphasis on:

  • Addressing NASA and Kansas interests (required)
  • Developing new, meaningful, and sustained collaborations (in Kansas and with NASA)
  • Involving US students, especially underrepresented and underserved Kansas undergraduate and graduate students, in research (required)
  • Strengthening collaboration among industry, government agencies, and academia
  • Exploring new and unique R&D opportunities
  • Generating publications and future EPSCoR and non-EPSCoR grant submissions
  • Contributing to Kansas’ economic development.

KNEP focuses its program and project elements on NASA’s interests. From the Kansas perspective, as outlined in previous sections, the following specific “NASA Strategic Plan 2014” goals and objectives are significant:

  • Strategic Goal 1 - “Expand the frontiers of knowledge, capability, and opportunity in space.”
  • Strategic Goal 2 - “Advance understanding of Earth and develop technologies to improve the quality of life on our home planet.”

For additional information on these goals, see:

Some specific KNEP SRI target outcomes, per award, include:

  • Two or more publications per year, with NASA or relevant industry co-authors
  • Two or more successful EPSCoR or non-EPSCoR grant awards, as a product of the KNEP SRI award
  • Significant project involvement by five or more students per year


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Kansas investigators are eligible to apply.

- Funds cannot be used for equipment (items under $5,000 are “supplies”)
- Funds cannot be used for foreign travel
- Funds cannot be used for civil-service personnel labor or travel

The KNEP SRI program cannot support proposals augmenting existing funded or well-established research projects.

Pre-Application Information
Proposals are due by noon on March 10, 2023.

Proposers are required to provide at least $24,062 in matching funds (cash or in-kind) from nonfederal sources.

Number of Grants
KNEP expects to make a single award.

Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
- One year
- Awarded funds must be expended within the award period (no-cost extensions are highly unlikely)
- Anticipated Grant End Date: April 30, 2024

Contact Information
Submit a single proposal document to

Direct questions to KNEP Director Scott Miller at the above email address or call 316-978-6334.

Wichita State University
113B Wallace Hall
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260
(316) 978-3890

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