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Delaware NASA EPSCoR RID Seed Grant Program

Grants to Delaware Researchers and Junior Faculty for
New Research in Astrophysics, Engineering, and Aeronautics

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Delaware Space Grant Consortium (DESGC) - Delaware NASA EPSCoR

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Grants of $17,000 and grants of $20,000 to Delaware researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and junior faculty to develop academic research in science and technology. Funding is intended to support seed projects in engineering, space, astrophysics, and aeronautics that may develop into more nationally competitive and long-term capabilities. Proposals must demonstrate alignment with one or more of the Strategic Goals which are listed in NASA's Strategic Plan.

The Delaware NASA EPSCoR Seed Grant Program is aimed at promoting research and development in NASA-related areas among Delaware scientists and engineers. The goal is to stimulate scholarly initiatives by supporting junior faculty, researchers, and postdocs who have not yet received significant government funding. Consideration will also be given to more senior faculty who are embarking on a new research direction, but who have not yet received funding for that new research.

The seed grant program is intended to support proposal development, pilot research, and other activities that advance a NASA-related research project to the point at which it can attract competitive extramural funding. The relation between the proposed research and NASA’s mission can be demonstrated by identifying a committed collaborator from a NASA center, or a collaborator who is already successful in obtaining NASA research funding. 

Funding requests can include the following categories of direct costs: graduate student stipend (use the graduate student stipend rate for your college); research supplies (excluding large equipment); summer support for junior faculty/researchers, maximum of one month; and a summer undergraduate intern.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183625

Number of Grants:

The Funding Source anticipates that five awards will be made.

Estimated Size of Grant:

2 at $17,000 and 3 at $20,000

Term of Contract:

The duration of each award is 12 months, from 7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty and research personnel working in areas of interest to the NASA Mission in the state of Delaware are eligible to apply.

Funding for senior faculty summer salary is discouraged. NASA EPSCoR funds may not be used for equipment purchases or foreign travel. All other expenses directly related to seed grant activities may be included in the budget.

Proposals that request funding for a stand-alone project only, or do not describe plans for seeking external funding, or fail to demonstrate specific links with NASA’s Strategic Goals, or poorly justify their budget, will be considered non-responsive to the Call for Proposals.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due from Delaware researchers by May 7, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Submit all proposal materials as a single PDF file to the NASA EPSCoR Deputy Director, James MacDonald, at with a copy to

Questions regarding the seed grant program should also be directed to James MacDonald at the above email address.

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