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NASA Kentucky EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Research Area (RA) Award

Grants to Kentucky Institutions of Higher
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10/22/19 4:30 PM ET


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Grants to Kentucky institutions of higher education to support aerospace research projects. A pre-proposal must be submitted prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to advance research, technology, and science in the State, as well as contribute to the technology and research goals of the Funding Source.

Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more NASA MD or Centers and contribute to overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the EPSCoR jurisdiction in Kentucky. 

NASA KENTUCKY invites pre-proposal submissions for in-state selection of one proposal to submit to NASA addressing the mission needs of NASA and aerospace-related research interests of Kentucky.

Proposals should align with national NASA EPSCoR Program objectives and the Agency’s missions and research as well as contribute to research capabilities in the state of Kentucky. For more information about NASA program objectives, priorities, and directorate descriptions, see

The statewide Kentucky EPSCoR Program mission is to enhance research and intellectual capacity of the state’s universities and colleges by building and coordinating strategic investments in human capital necessary for Kentucky to excel in Federal R&D funding competitiveness.

Travel funds may be used for foreign and domestic travel as specified in NASA CAN.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186785

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Researchers (designated as the Science PI) may request up to $675,000 in Federal funds over three years with full indirect costs (F&A) plus $225,000 in state funds (cost-share) over three years without F&A. Federal funds must be cost-shared at a level of at least 50% with in-kind and/or non-Federal funds, including funds provided by the KY Statewide EPSCoR Committee which typically allocates cost-share funds for NASA EPSCoR Research Area projects (pending availability of funds), should a project be selected by NASA.

Term of Contract:

NASA EPSCoR will support awards up to 3 years with an estimated start date July 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Pre-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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional Teleconference for Interested Proposers: Interested researchers may participate in a conference call at 3:30 pm ET, Wednesday, September 4, 2019 to learn more about the submission and selection process, features of past successful proposals, and budget structure.

Call-in number: (877) 394-0659 Passcode: 7272187598

Pre-Application Information:

- Pre-Proposal Submission Deadline 4:30 pm ET, Tuesday, October 22, 2019
- Pre-Proposal Selection Announcement Anticipated December 2019
- Full Proposal Submission to NASA via NSPIRES Anticipated January 2019

One pre-proposal will be selected for development into a full proposal and submitted by NASA Kentucky as Kentucky’s entry in the national competition.

Cost-share must be 50% and come from non-Federal sources. Additional cost-share is viewed favorably in the national competition.


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

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

Phone: 859-218-NASA (218-6272)

Associate Director:
Jacob Owen 859-323-4542

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