The National NASA EPSCoR Program has announced a new solicitation entitled “Rapid Response Research” (R3) program. The goal of this effort is to develop close collaborations among NASA, industry and university faculty to solve specific current NASA research challenges. It is anticipated that approximately 30 research proposals that will not exceed $100,000 each for a one-year project duration will be awarded to address a subset of the NASA topics listed in the National solicitation Appendices (attached). Each jurisdiction may submit one proposal per NASA science office; i.e., listed in the solicitation as separate appendices (one proposal per appendix). Nevada may submit, through the NV NASA EPSCoR Office, up to 11 proposals, one for each appendix addressing just one of the research topics for that appendix. We are therefore requesting that any NSHE faculty member interested in submitting a proposal first submit a letter of interest; see information below. If there are multiple faculty interested in a common topic area or multiple topic areas within one NASA science office division (appendix), we will request that the faculty consider collaborating on a single proposal. If collaboration is not an option, the NV NASA EPSCoR Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will review the letters of interest and select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the National solicitation.
Eligibility: Faculty at NSHE institutions, particularly junior faculty, women, and members of other underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. Faculty who have a current National NASA EPSCoR Research CAN or R3 project are not eligible to apply while their project is on-going. There is no requirement that Science PIs be U.S. citizens, however, foreign nationals (i.e., non-U.S. citizens who do not have a green card) will likely not be permitted access to NASA Centers. This may or may not be important to the research being proposed. Proposals involving bilateral participation, collaboration, or coordination in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company, whether funded or performed under a no exchange-of-funds arrangement, will be ineligible for award.
Funding: The NASA EPSCoR RRR CAN will provide an award of $100,000 total for a one-year project period with no match requirement. The federally negotiated indirect cost recovery (ICR) rate for each NSHE institution must be included in the budget as well as the NSHE EPSCoR/SPO ICR rate.
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Webinar about this solicitation will be held Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 3 pm PT. Use this Microsoft Teams link to attend: JOIN THE MEETING
STEP 1 - Submit Letter of Interest (LOI) Online: Due January 10, 2022 5:00 pm PT. CLICK HERE to submit LOI.
STEP 2 - Submit Proposal Online: Only once your LOI has been approved to move forward.
Proposal Due: Selected PIs will submit proposals to the NSHE SPO/EPSCOR Office no later than March 1, 2022, 5:00 pm PT.