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Grants to Michigan Faculty at Eligible Institutions for Scientific Research Projects

Research Seed Grant


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Funding Source
Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Michigan

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/15/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to individual faculty members at eligible Michigan institutions for scientific research projects. Applicants must obtain approval before submitting an application. Priority focus areas include space science, aerospace, and earth system science. Researchers working in other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including educational research topics in STEM, are also eligible to apply. Women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Participation in this program is limited to faculty at MSGC-affiliated institutions. Applicants may be faculty members or research scientists who are either early career (PhD up to seven years postgraduate) or starting a new area of research. Applicants are not limited to one proposal. However, applicants who receive a Research Seed Grant as part of this year’s funding are not eligible to submit a proposal the following year. Awardees are prohibited from holding two consecutive years in a row. Women, under-represented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Pre-Application Information
- Submission Deadline: November 15, 2023 (11:59 pm)
- Award Announcement: By March 1, 2024, with cost-reimbursable sub-award agreements expected to arrive at MSGC’s affiliated institutions by late Spring 2024.

Applicants are required to consult with and secure prior approval from their institution prior to submitting to MSGC.

Requests require a 1:1 Match.

All funded applicants will be invited to present the findings of their work at a poster session as part of an upcoming annual Fall symposium hosted by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium. The 2024 Fall Conference will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2024, in Ann Arbor.

About MSGC:

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Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $5,000

Term of Contract
The start date is anticipated to be May 1, 2024. The duration of an award is 8 months, by which time all funds must be spent.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Michigan Space Grant Consortium
Climate and Space Research Bldg.
2455 Hayward St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143

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