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Grants to Kansas IHE Faculty and Students for Collaborative Research Projects Related to Space and Technology

Partnership Development Grant (PDG)


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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
Grants to Kansas faculty and students at institutions of higher education to initiate research collaborations related to space and technology. Funding is intended for research studies and projects that result in publications and grant proposals. The goal of the grant program is to develop partnerships between underserved and underrepresented students at Kansas universities and NASA.

With support from NASA and the Kansas Board of Regents, the Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program (KNEP) is preparing to award Partnership Development Grants (PDG) to Kansas investigators, under the KNEP Research Infrastructure Development (RID) program. These grants are intended to facilitate the development of beneficial and promising NASA collaborations.

The PDG recipient is expected to initiate, develop, and formalize a meaningful professional relationship with a NASA researcher. Given this expectation, it is vital investigators and students travel to a NASA center if selected for an award. Ideally, the faculty member, student, and research host become co-participants in a promising research effort. The PDG award should lead to sustained collaborations, joint publications, and, most importantly, future grant proposals.

PDG awards are competitive, with a strong emphasis on:

  • Addressing NASA Mission Directorate and Kansas interests (required)
  • Developing new, sustained, and meaningful NASA contacts (required)
  • Involving US students, especially underrepresented and underserved Kansas undergraduate and graduate students, in the research (required)
  • Strengthening collaboration among academia, government agencies, business, and industry
  • Exploring new and unique R&D opportunities
  • Shared publications and future EPSCoR and non-EPSCoR grant submissions

PDG target outcomes, per award, include:

  • One or more publications, with NASA or relevant industry co-authors
  • One or more EPSCoR or non-EPSCoR grant proposals, as a product of the PDG award
  • Significant project involvement by one or more students.

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:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Kansas university faculty members, students, and researchers 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

Proposals augmenting existing funded or well-established research projects cannot be supported

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

Proposers are required to provide at least $2,756 in matching funds (cash or in-kind) from nonfederal sources.

Number of Grants
KNEP expects to award three or four PDG grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants of $19,272 each.

Term of Contract
- The award period of performance is for approximately 8-months.
- All NASA funds must be expended within the award period (no-cost extensions are extremely unlikely).
- Anticipated Grant End Date: January 31, 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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