2019 NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development Seed Grant

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The Nevada NASA EPSCoR program announces available funding for 2019 Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Seed Grants.

Focus:  The programmatic focus is to further engage and utilize Nevada’s unique resources and talent for enhancing scientific discovery and/or developing new technologies to address NASA’s goals. The request for seed grant funds may be based on outcomes from prior workshops/meetings with NASA Personnel; however, a seed grant award should not augment existing funded research projects.  Research Infrastructure Development (RID) activities should target unique activities that increase Nevada’s competitiveness.

The seed grant proposals must include the submission of a new proposal to a NASA or relevant program, and be designed for activities that accomplish one or more of the following:

  • Initiate inter-or multi-disciplinary activities;
  • Create critical mass or expertise on topics of strategic interest to NASA and Nevada; and/or
  • Engage NASA scientists from one or more NASA Centers.

Note: There is no requirement that funds be used to support student participation, although it is allowable.  Any student support should be fully explained in the project description.


  • Faculty within any Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Institution, particularly junior faculty, women, and members of other underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
  • Faculty receiving direct funding do not have to be U.S. citizens.
  • Faculty who currently have a NVSGC research infrastructure or NASA EPSCoR research sub-award/grant are not eligible until after the end of their project.
  • Faculty may only apply to the NVSGC Research Infrastructure or NV NASA EPSCoR RID Seed Grant solicitation, but not both during the same solicitation year.

Funding:  Depending on available funds, it is anticipated that 2 projects will be awarded.  Project total should not exceed $50,000 ($25K federal/$25K state match). Unrecovered F&A must be included as part of the $25K state match. Matching funds will be provided by State Special Projects fund.  Each submitted proposal must include budgets signed by the Sponsored Projects Office or Business Managers from the lead institution and any collaborating NSHE institutions with the amount of the collaborators total budget listed under 1.A. Subcontracts on the NSHE budget form for the lead institution.

Awards will be made to the lead PI and then their institution will sub-award funds to any collaborating NSHE institutions.  It is expected that each institution will receive both Federal and State matching funds close to the 1:1 match requirement.

Please read the full SOLICITATION for all relevant details. *Download PDF file to view “paperclipped” attachments.

Webinar about this solicitation will be held February 12, 2019 at 12 noon PT. Use this webex link to:  JOIN THE MEETING

Proposal Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019, 5:00 pm PT.