MSGC’s Research Seed opportunity supports junior faculty and research scientists at MSGC affiliate institutions as well as mid-career and senior-level faculty pursuing new areas of research and development relevant to NASA’s strategic interests as expressed in NASA’s 2014 & 2018 Strategic Plans. Faculty working in other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields are also eligible to apply. The objective of this program is to support early career research and development necessary to collect preliminary data required to apply for extramural support.
The merit of each proposal will be judged based on primary and secondary criteria. The primary merit criteria are scientific merit, relevance to NASA's strategic interests, clarity of the proposal, quality of the relationship between the budget and the statement of work (including narrative about how both Space Grant funds and the matching funds will be used to carry out the project), and the ability of the research to advance the faculty’s future research efforts. Secondary merit criteria are the interdisciplinarity of the project and the potential for extramural support.
For information about allowable costs see https://orsp.umich.edu/develop-proposal/budget-and-cost-resources/uniform-guidance-monitored-costs.