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

Research Initiation Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Montana

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/24/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $60,000 to Montana IHE faculty researchers for studies in a wide 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. Proposals are welcome in all fields of science and engineering normally funded by NASA.

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. In addition, the awards can assist in Montana's economic development in aerospace-related fields by strengthening existing Montana high-tech companies, seeking new connections between Montana faculty researchers and state industries, and building university research enterprises that will foster "spin-off" startup enterprises.

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.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Faculty or appropriate professionals at Montana institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Generally, post-doctoral researchers or researchers who are in temporary positions are not eligible, as the intention of this program is to increase Montana’s capacity for NASA related research. 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 eligible for additional funding. Those who have recently (three years) held a NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation Grant must 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., Friday, March 24th, 2023

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.

Requested funds must be accompanied by 15% cost share.

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

Estimated Size of Grant
Montana NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation grants are for up to $60,000.

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.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Direct questions to:

Chris Flynn
Program Coordinator
(406) 994-4223*

Dr. Meredith Hecker
Deputy Director
(406) 994-6085*

Dr. Angela Des Jardins
(406) 994-6172*

*For proposal discussion, e-mail is preferable

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