The National NASA EPSCoR Program has announced a new solicitation entitled “Rapid Response Research” (R3) program (see e-paperclipped document). 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 Appendix 3 (attached). Each jurisdiction may submit a total of six proposals, on any of the research topics listed. Note: this year, multiple proposals may be submitted to the same topic. To help identify the most relevant six proposals to submit, we are 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, we may request that the faculty consider collaborating on a single proposal. If collaboration is not an option, a panel 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 Collaboration CAN/NOFO 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. Faculty who are delinquent on submitting a final report for any NASA EPSCoR or NV NASA Space Grant award are not eligible.
Funding: The NASA EPSCoR R3 NOFO will provide an award of $100,000 total for a one-year project period with no match requirement, although voluntary matching is allowed under 2 CFR 200 (also see 2 CFR 200.306). 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.
Please read the full SOLICITATION for all relevant details. *Download PDF file to view "paperclipped" attachments.
Webinar about this solicitation will be held November 28, 2023 at 1 pm PT. Use this Microsoft Teams link to attend: JOIN THE MEETING
You can access a recording of the webinar HERE.
STEP 1 - Submit Letter of Interest (LOI) Online: Due December 8, 2023 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 February 12, 2024, 5:00 pm PT.