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

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Montana NASA EPSCoR

Deadline Date:

03/19/21 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. 

Research Initiation 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. For more information on NASA research areas of interest, see https://nasaepscor.montana.edu/interest.html.

Montana NASA EPSCoR goals:

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

Research Initiation grants are intended as seed money. Research Initiation funding can be used for graduate or undergraduate student support, materials and supplies, facility use fees, domestic travel, and faculty time (though this is not a funding priority). 

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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.

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: Friday, March 19, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time

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.

All investigators are required to advise the appropriate administrator and/or department head on their campus of their plans to submit a proposal.

Requested funds must be accompanied by 50% cost share.

Program Information: https://nasaepscor.montana.edu/research_initiation.html

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online: https://spacegrantmontana.submittable.com/submit/124659/education-and-research-grants

To upload proposals, click on the submit button on the website http://nasaepscor.montana.edu and follow instructions.

For questions, contact:

Chris Gregory, Program Coordinator
(406) 994-4223
charmon@montana.edu

Randy Larimer, Deputy Director
(406) 994-6085*
rlarimer@montana.edu

*For proposal discussion, e-mail is preferable

Office Mailing Address:
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PO Box 173835
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Physical Office Location: 416 Cobleigh Hall, Montana State University

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