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Research Initiation Grant

Grants to Alaska IHE Faculty to Develop New
Aeronautics and Space Exploration Research Initiatives

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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $30,000 to Alaska early- and mid-career faculty members at qualifying IHEs to initiate new research goals related to aeronautics and space exploration. This program enables research faculty to realign the focus of their research to ultimately develop research grants in collaboration with NASA centers.

A research initiation grant is designed to give a PI initial funding for a research topic that is relevant to NASA and its strategic objectives. The goal is for the research to mature so the PI can submit a competitive proposal to one of the NASA's regular grant programs.

The Research Initiation program will provide funding to initiate new research collaborations with NASA scientists and engineers. This program is not intended to augment existing research.

The goal of the Research Initiation Grant program is to encourage, support, and facilitate the development and enhancement of NASA relevant science and engineering research within the state of Alaska. Proposed academic research projects must be aligned with new or continuing NASA research priorities and should have the potential to link Alaska faculty to NASA colleagues at Field Centers and/or Mission Directorates.

Proposed research projects must be in an area that is aligned with a new or continuing NASA research priority and/or technology need and with Alaska NASA EPSCoR research priorities. The proposal narrative must make an explicit connection with NASA. The proposal should also detail plans for establishing or strengthening links with NASA researchers. If contact has been established with colleagues at a NASA Center or Mission Directorate, a letter or email of support for the project from a NASA contact will significantly strengthen the case for funding. A significant degree of NASA contact is expected and should be detailed in the proposal package.

You must budget one trip to the Annual Alaska Space Grant/NASA EPSCoR Symposium held in April/May in Alaska.

NASA Mission Directorates:

NASA’s Mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research, draws support from four Mission Directorates, each with a specific responsibility.

-The Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD): Enable a safer, more secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly air transportation system.

-The Human Exploration and Operation Mission Directorate (ESMD): Operate the International Space Station and prepare for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit.

-The Science Mission Directorate (SMD): Exploring the Earth-Sun system, our own solar system, and the universe beyond.

-The Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD): Develop the crosscutting, advanced and pioneering new technologies needed for current and future missions, benefiting the aerospace industry and other agencies, and addressing national needs.

NASA Research Areas of Interest:

NASA EPSCoR research priorities are defined by the Mission Directorates—Aeronautics Research, Exploration Systems, Science, and Space Operations. Each Mission Directorate covers a major area of the Agency’s research and technology development efforts.

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GrantWatch ID#: 175744

Estimated Size of Grant:

You may request up to $20,000 total direct costs. If this proposal is a collaboration between MAU’s, you may request an additional $10,000 for a total of $30,000 total direct costs.

Term of Contract:

The period of performance of this award may not exceed 18 months. Projects are eligible for one time funding only.

The expected start date is January 1, 2018. The expected end date is May 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Competition is open to full-time faculty at affiliated higher education institutions in good standing.

Adjuncts and post-docs are not eligible to apply.

Alaska NASA EPSCoR Program encourages the participation of PI’s who are women, under-represented minorities, or persons with disabilities.

Pre-Application Information:

In order to satisfy NASA grant matching requirements, the total award amount, must be matched 1:1 by the proposing institution(s) through non-federal funds.

Although the method of match is flexible, NASA encourages researchers to consider methods that add value to Alaska’s existing research capabilities. Acceptable match includes but is not limited to: fully loaded faculty salary, in-kind match, and federally allowable F&A. Faculty are encouraged to contact the NASA EPSCoR Program office to discuss match requirements.

The application deadline is November 1, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Denise Thorsen

Alaska NASA EPSCoR Program Office
University of Alaska
Fairbanks 207 Duckering Bldg
PO Box 755919
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775-5919

(907) 474-6833

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USA: Alaska