Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)
Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $45,000 to Maine faculty and researchers at research institutions and IHEs to pursue NASA-related research and develop new collaborations and partnerships with NASA centers. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to applying.
Programs included in this announcement are 1: Faculty Research Seed Grant Program (FRSG) and 2: Collaborations with Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI).
Faculty Research Seed Grant Program Description
The Faculty Research Seed Grant Program (FRSG) is aimed at the emerging researcher or an established researcher in MSGC Higher Education Affiliate Institutions who wish to pursue new research directions, for the development of projects, contacts and collaborations that will bring Maine researchers into the mainstream of NASA-related research activity, thereby increasing their chances to successfully compete for federal grants, especially NASA grants.
MSGC’s FRSG Program seeks to improve the research competitive position of Maine researchers for larger scale funding from NASA and other agencies by supporting projects that are aligned with NASA priority areas and the state of Maine’s strengths. This program provides funding to support projects that promote collaborations to strengthen the research infrastructure capacity of the institution and improve the research competitive position of research faculty.
FRSG proposals may include at least the following subject areas:
- Biological Sciences
- Materials Science
- Computer Science
- Physics and Astronomy
- Earth Science
- Engineering Technology
- Psychology (Human Factors)
Eligible uses of FRSG Funds
- Preliminary research activities
- Travel to NASA Field Centers
- Undergraduate, Graduate or Post-Doc Student Support
- Disciplinary-specific workshops for networking between Maine researchers and NASA
Collaboration with Minority Serving Institution Program Description
The goal of the Collaborations with Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) Program is to seed meaningful research partnerships between MSGC Affiliates, Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), and one or more NASA Centers. CMSI supports research internships for MSI students at Maine institutions; direct graduating MSI students to Maine institutions for graduate schools; mentors MSI students; research collaborations and exchanges between Maine and MSI faculty during the academic year or summer; seminars or workshops on topics of mutual interest; and
joint travel to NASA centers to explore joint collaborative research opportunities.
Preference is given to proposals that have scientific merit, demonstrate reciprocal partnerships with MSI faculty and one or more NASA centers; increase accessibility to MSI and Maine student researchers; have a high potential for external funding; build or strengthen cross-disciplinary research partnerships; and include sustainability plans.
Eligible uses of CMSI Funds
- Research Internships for MSI students at Maine institutions
- Graduating MSI students to Maine institutions for Graduate school
- Joint travel to NASA Field Centers for collaborative research
- Mentors MSI students
- Research Collaborations and exchanges between Maine and MSI faculty
- Seminars or workshops on topics of mutual interest
General Guidelines for Both Programs
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that develop partnerships or cooperative arrangements among academia, government agencies, and business and industry within Maine. Applicants are encouraged to:
- Create or strengthen existing linkages with NASA centers;
- Create or strengthen linkages with industry, private research foundations, and local and state agencies;
- Involve faculty and students from other Maine institutions of higher education;
- Include faculty and students from underrepresented and underserved groups;
- Establish partnerships and collaborations with minority-serving institutions.
GrantWatch ID#: 162070
- FRSG grants: Proposers are allowed to request a maximum of $45,000 per project in federal FRSG funds.
- CMSI grants: Proposers are allowed to request a maximum of $5,000 per project in federal CMSI program
Projects should be no more than one year in duration.
Eligibility for FRSG Grants
Faculty and researchers at Maine institutions of higher education, not-for-profit research institutions and affiliated industry members are eligible for consideration for award of a FRSG. Women, minorities and other underrepresented groups will be given special consideration. This opportunity is aimed at the emerging researcher or an established researcher in MSGC Higher Education Affiliate Institutions who wish to pursue new research directions, for the development of projects, contacts and collaborations that will bring Maine researchers into the mainstream of NASA related research activity, thereby increasing their chances to successfully compete for federal grants, especially NASA grants.
All Participants who receive federal funds MUST be U.S. Citizens.
Eligibility for CMSI Grants
Faculty and researchers at Maine institutions of higher education, not-for-profit research institutions and affiliated industry members are eligible for consideration for award of a CMSI Grant. Women, minorities and other underrepresented groups will be given special consideration.
The following restrictions exist on the use of any Research Infrastructure funds:
- Funds cannot be used for research and/or general purpose equipment. Equipment is defined as having a useful life of more than one year and a cost of $5,000 or more. General purpose equipment includes computers and printers no matter what the useful life or cost amount.
- Funds cannot be used for foreign travel.
- Funds cannot be used for civil-service personnel salaries and travel.
- Indirect cannot be taken on student support
- Funds cannot be paid to non-U.S. citizens.
- Release Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
- Letters of Intent Due: Monday, October 29, 2018
- Proposal Due-FSRG and CMSI: Monday, December 10, 2018
- Announcement of Selections: Friday, December 28, 2018
- Award Start Date: Friday, December 28, 2018
Because a major aim of the FRSG program is the promotion of collaborative efforts between Maine researchers and NASA Field Centers, a required element of a research proposal is the involvement of a NASA Field Center researcher as a mentor. Written confirmation of this relationship must accompany the proposal. This confirmation should comprise, at minimum, a letter of support (e-mail is fine) from a NASA researcher who is interested in the outcome of the proposed project and a statement that the proposed research is aligned with the interest of the NASA Field Center. Failure to supply the confirmation with the application will lead to lower scores and, potentially, non-funding of the project.
If you have not previously collaborated with NASA personnel, include a statement to that effect in your proposal. You should then contact the University Affairs Officer (UAO) at your NASA Center(s) of interest. NASA University Affairs Officers are listed in MSGC’s proposal guidelines at http://www.msgc.org/researchers/
Because The goal of the Collaborations with Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) Program is to
seed meaningful research partnerships between MSGC Affiliates, Minority Serving Institutions
(MSI), and one or more NASA Centers, we require proposers to identify and at a minimum,
attempt to make contact with (if this is a new relationship) a NASA field center representative
and/or NASA researcher that works within the proposers research focus. Applicants are strongly
encouraged to contact NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP)
8 to identify potential minority universities as potential partners.
A cost-sharing match is required for all Research Infrastructure funds. Each proposal must provide, from non-federal sources, either a cash and/or in-kind contribution. Cost sharing is required at a 1/1.5 federal/institution ratio. For example a $25,000 federal request should be matched with $37,500 institutional cost share. Indirect (F&A) costs are limited to 10% on Federal funds. All unrecovered F&A is an allowed form of cost sharing. Indirect cannot be taken on student support or in the case of a workshop, participant support as well.
If a proposal is submitted electronically without the signed cover page, then that signed page must be received by fax or courier or mail within a week of the electronic submission.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Letters of Intent and proposals must be submitted electronically, as a PDF file, to email@example.com
Send all materials to:
Jana Hall, Director of Education Programs
Maine Space Grant Consortium
87 Winthrop Street, Suite 200
Augusta, ME 04330
Phone: (207) 622-4688
Fax: (207) 622-4548