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Research Initiation (RI) Grants

Grants to Montana IHE Faculty for Studies
that Advance the State's Aerospace Economy

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Deadline Date:

04/15/20 5:00 PM Mountain Time


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Montana IHE faculty researchers for studies in the full range of scientific and engineering fields. Funding is intended to support aerospace programs that further the State's economy, connect faculty with industry, fortify high-tech companies, and build university research enterprises that will foster "spin-off" startup enterprises.

The goal of the Montana NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation grant program is to help boost the research programs of Montana higher education faculty research in areas that match scientific and technical problems of importance to NASA, enabling them to compete successfully for regular NASA funding.

Proposals are welcome in all fields of science and engineering normally funded by NASA (see Areas of Interest in Pre-Application Information below). 

Grants from the Montana NASA EPSCoR Program are intended to help junior faculty or faculty new to NASA research at Montana institutions develop nationally competitive research programs in areas of interest to NASA. 

Montana NASA EPSCoR goals: 

  • Bring the capabilities of Montana’s nationally competitive researchers to the attention of NASA.  
  • Build infrastructure to enhance Montana’s capabilities and expertise in areas of importance to NASA, focusing on institutions of higher learning.
  • Use EPSCoR sponsored research to strengthen partnerships with Montana’s high-tech companies and drive the growth of Montana's aerospace-related economy.
  • Focus on building nationally prominent, competitive research groups at Montana's major universities while also providing collaborative opportunities to faculty members at smaller institutions. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 162120

Estimated Size of Grant:

Montana NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation grants are for up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are for a period of one year. All grantees are expected to submit a follow-on proposal to NASA for continued funding within the period of the grant.

Montana NASA EPSCoR will to be able to accommodate start dates as early as Oct 1, 2020 and no later than Jan. 1, 2021. Proposals should state the desired start date. Typically, no-cost extensions are allowed up to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty or appropriate professionals at Montana institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Research Initiation Awards are intended for junior faculty or faculty new to NASA-related research. Faculty who already have substantial off-campus funding or who are already well established members of research groups with substantial off-campus funding are not encouraged to apply, unless working with NASA represents a significant new direction.

Recent recipients of a Research Initiation grant who have not submitted a follow-on proposal directly to NASA are generally not be considered eligible for additional funding. Those who have recently (three years) held a NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation Grant should include a discussion of efforts to obtain competitive NASA funding. Include a list of all proposals submitted to NASA and other agencies, indicating whether declined, pending, or awarded.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposal submission deadline: 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time, Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Campus Clearance and Certification: All investigators are required to advise the appropriate administrator and/or department head on their campus of their plansto submit a proposal. Proposalssubmitted to Montana NASA EPSCOR must include a campus proposal clearance form (or an equivalent) complete with signatures including budget approval and certification of non-federal cost share by the campus research or appropriate office. The form should be an electronic copy attached to the primary submission.

It is strongly suggested that faculty make contact with NASA researchers in their field before submitting a proposal to determine and document NASA's interest in the proposed research area. Proposals should include evidence of interest and potential support from NASA, e.g., in a letter(s) of support. The stronger the indicated support, the better the chance of obtaining funding from Montana NASA EPSCoR.

Any proposal that is a resubmission of a previously declined MT NASA EPSCoR entry must include a separate page addressing the weaknesses stated in proposal’s review. Only reentries that address previous weaknesses will be reviewed.

Requested funds must be accompanied by 50% cost share.

About the grant program:

About NASA Research Areas of Interest:

Montana NASA EPSCoR's Goals:

Budget Template:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

Proposals must be uploaded as a single PDF file. To upload, click on the submit button on the website and follow instructions.

Angela Des Jardins, Director
(406) 994-6172

Chris Harmon, Program Coordinator
(406) 994-4223

Randy Larimer, Deputy Director
(406) 994-6085
For proposal discussion, e-mail is preferable

Montana NASA EPSCoR Program
Barnard Hall 264
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3835

Physical Office Location: 416 Cobleigh Hall, Montana State University

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