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2019 Research Infrastructure Development Grants (RIDG)

Grants to Kentucky IHEs to Develop Space Exploration
and Aeronautics Research Activities Throughout the State

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NASA Kentucky EPSCoR

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 4:30 PM ET


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Grants of up to $45,000 to Kentucky institutions of higher education to develop science, technology, space exploration, and aeronautics research activities throughout the State. Funding is intended to support the creation of faculty-directed infrastructure for research projects aimed at promoting technology, science, economic development, and higher education.

NASA KY EPSCoR investment is focused on NASA priorities including Aeronautics, Science, Human Spaceflight and Space Technology missions, ISS National Laboratory, and lunar exploration, to develop researchers in Kentucky who are nationally and internationally recognized for contributions to their fields.

Research Infrastructure Development Grants (RIDG) support faculty research development. Proposals must be aligned with one or more of NASA’s Mission Directorates (MD) and further enhance an existing collaboration between Kentucky researchers and NASA collaborators. For descriptions of NASA Mission Directorates, see

RIDG funding builds NASA partnerships to take a successful seed investigation to the next level in preparation for submission to the three-year Research Area (RA) or other nationally competitive solicitations. Each funded proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of the NASA MD and contribute to the overall research infrastructure of the jurisdiction (KY).

Allowable costs include faculty salary, student stipend or salary, fringe benefits, tuition, materials and supplies, and domestic travel.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185617

Estimated Size of Grant:

Max Award: $45,000

Term of Contract:

Awards up to one year in the period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted from institutions of higher education in Kentucky. (Eligibility is not limited to NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Institutions. US Citizenship is not required.)

Equipment may not be purchased or used as cost-share in any NASA Kentucky award under this RFP.

Travel funds are restricted to domestic travel only.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals Due: 4:30 pm ET, Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A Letter of support is required that commits NASA partnership or collaboration to the project. Letters of support do not include letters of affirmation (i.e., letters that only endorse the value or merit of a proposal). Letters of support may be from NASA or affiliated organizations including NASA Institutes/Laboratories such as JPL, Space Telescope Science Institute, National Space Biomedical Institute, CASIS, and others.

The NASA Kentucky EPSCoR RIDG program requires cost-share at a ratio of 0.5:1 (cost-share:award). Cost-share must be from non-Federal sources.

Applicants are limited to one proposal submission for this program.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For more information contact:

Jacob Owen, Associate Director
(859) 323-4542

Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, Director
NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and EPSCoR Programs
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
112 Robotics Bldg (RMB)
Lexington, KY 40506-0108
859-218-NASA (218-6272)

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP 19-002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky