The NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state’s or region’s research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. In addition to the research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student advancement as employed research assistants in these aligned research and technology development areas.
NASA EPSCoR objectives are to:
- Contribute to and promote the development of research infrastructure in NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission
- Improve the capabilities of the jurisdictions to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program
- Develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry
- Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the jurisdiction
- Work in close coordination with Space Grant to improve the environment for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the jurisdiction
NASA EPSCoR in West Virginia consists of two components: the Research Infrastructure Development (RID) and Research Implementation (RI).
The goals, outlined by the NASA WV EPSCoR Committee, are as follows:
- To contribute to and advance NASA’s vision and strategic goals as outlined in various NASA documents, specifically in terms of STEM research and workforce development;
- To promote and support research efforts of Consortium faculty and students in areas of interest to NASA and be an active agent of change in STEM education in the state.
- To attract and retain students in STEM disciplines.
- To increase the participation of underrepresented groups in our programs for WV students and faculty.
The request for proposals (RFPs) for the NASA WV EPSCoR and NASA WV Space Grant Consortium for the fiscal year 2022-2023 are now available. Various funding opportunities for students and faculty with awards ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 of NASA funding per award for a period of performance not to exceed one year; cost-share is required for these awards.
The RFPs can be found here: Program Application Forms
Non-Student Proposals (EPSCoR Seed, Research, College Course Development, K-12, Informal Ed)
Proposal due date for all non-student proposals: Monday, March 21, 2022 by 11:59 PM (EST)
Announcement Number: NNH22ZHA004C
ACTION for Researcher if intend to apply: Email Candy.Cordwell@mail.wvu.edu with a Notice of Intention (NOI) and NASA office/appendix selection by January 28, 2022. NOIs should contain: Science I’s information, title of research, short blurb on the research, and which topic (appendix) the research will target.
FYI: The scientific/technical/management plan is 2- 3 pages; $100,000 opportunity for a period of performance not to exceed one year; no cost-share requirement for these awards.