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Faculty Research Seed Funding Program

Grants to Utah Individuals to Research
Space Exploration and Aeronautics

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Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium (UNSGC)

Deadline Date:

04/08/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Utah eligible individuals for research related to STEM. Research topics include exploration, space technology, and aeronautics. Proposals that include underrepresented minorities and women and projects that emphasize partnerships with other universities, industry, state and local government are particularly encouraged. Faculty at Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium (UNSGC) affiliated institutions are invited to submit proposals to the Faculty Research Seed Funding Program.

Faculty at Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium (UNSGC) affiliated institutions are invited to submit proposals to the Faculty Research Seed Funding Program. The intent of the Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium’s Faculty Research Seed Funding Program is to develop interdisciplinary research projects with UNSGC seed funding to build a sustainable capability in the state which supports NASA’s mission. UNSGC encourages researchers to focus their research toward NASA priorities while building ties with NASA Centers and aerospace contractors. Selected faculty research projects will provide significant, hands-on, authentic research opportunities for two or more STEM students that aligns with one of the NASA Mission Directorate areas:

  1. Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate;
  2. Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate;
  3. Science Mission Directorate; or
  4. Space Technology Mission Directorate.

Projects that emphasize partnerships with other universities, industry, state and local government, and that include women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged. The proposal shall specify alignment with one of the four NASA Mission Directorate needs. Successful proposals will provide opportunities for students to gain hands-on research and engineering experience. Proposers shall describe how these activities will meet the STEM needs of the state and NASA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162157

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$75,000

Number of Grants:

UNSCG expects to award 3-4 proposals for this year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each proposer may request a minimum funding level of $10,000 to a maximum funding level of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Each award will begin on May 18, 2020 and conclude on May 17, 2021. Awards are not eligible for renewal.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty employed by Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium Affiliated Institutions are eligible to apply. The list of UNSGC affiliate institutions can be found at http://www.utahspacegrant.com/about/affiliates/.

Faculty who have never received Space Grant research infrastructure funding, research seed funding, or EPSCoR RID funding in the past will be given priority in making awards. Faculty who have already received funding in the past and apply again will be given secondary priority.

All students receiving direct support must be U.S. citizens.

Expenditures for foreign travel are prohibited. No equipment purchases are allowed under this program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

For annual meetings of Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium, see Affiliate Resources at: http://www.utahspacegrant.com/affiliate-resources/

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals Due: April 8, 2020

Fixed Timeline:
- February 7, 2020 Release of Call for Proposals document
- April 8, 2020 Proposals due, 5:00 p.m.
Proposed Timeline (no earlier than these dates):
- April 8-28, 2020 Proposals reviewed
- April 30, 2020 Award notification anticipated
- May 18, 2020 NASA Space Grant funding year 1 begins*
- February 15, 2021 Preliminary reporting due
- June 15, 2021 Final results submitted

Note: NASA Space Grant funds for the next cycle have start date of May 18, 2020, however, UNSGC will likely receive NASA funding award at a later date than this. UNSGC will only be able to make awards and issue subcontracts upon receipt of NASA award. Therefore, the availability of funds could be delayed past the planned timeline shown above.

All UNSGC funds must be matched at a minimum of 50% from non-federal sources. For more information, see http://www.utahspacegrant.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/UNSGC-Research-Seed-RFP-2020-21.pdf#page=2.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications via email to Kim Olson, Program Coordinator, Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium at kim.olson@utah.edu

Kimberly Olson – Program Coordinator
Utah State University
EL-158
4120 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4120
(435) 797-0496
kim.olson@usu.edu

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