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Faculty Research Seed Funding Program

Grants to Utah Individuals
for STEM-Related Research

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Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium (UNSGC)

Deadline Date:

04/12/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Utah faculty members at eligible institutions for research related to STEM. Funding is intended for projects that offer research and engineering opportunities to students. Collaborative proposals and proposals including underrepresented minorities and women are encouraged. New and early career faculty at Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium (UNSGC) affiliated institutions are invited to submit proposals.

The intent of the Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium’s Faculty Research Seed Funding Program is to help develop core expertise and infrastructure to enable investigators to build a sustainable capability in the state which supports NASA’s Mission Directorates. 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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162157

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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, 2021 and conclude on May 17, 2022. The awarding of proposals is contingent upon UNSGC receiving funds from NASA for the FY 2021 funding cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New and early career faculty (assistant professor level or equivalent) at Utah NASA Space Grant Consortium (UNSGC) affiliated institutions are invited to submit proposals to the Faculty Research Seed Funding Program A list of UNSGC affiliate institutions can be found at

Preference will be given to faculty who have not received Space Grant funding in the past. Faculty who have received funding in the past four years (2016-2020) are not eligible to apply.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Fixed Timeline:
- February 1, 2021 Release of Call for Proposals document
- April 12, 2021 Proposals due, 5:00 p.m.

Proposed Timeline (no earlier than these dates)
- April 14-29, 2021 Proposals reviewed
- April 30, 2021 Award notification anticipated
- May 18, 2021 NASA Space Grant funding year 2 begins*
- February 15, 2022 Preliminary reporting due
- June 15, 2022 Final results submitted

NASA Space Grant funds for the next cycle have start date of May 18, 2021, however, UNSGC will likely receive the NASA funding award at a later date than this if history repeats itself. 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.

Funds will be paid through your Space Grant affiliate (existing subcontract) with the PI being the Space Grant Trustee at your institution. It is the responsibility of your institution to transfer funds internally from your Space Grant affiliate to your research account.

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

Kimberly Olson – Program Coordinator
Utah State University
4120 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4120
(435) 797-0496

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