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Purpose: The goal of the Astrobiology Faculty Diversity Program (formerly known as the Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program) is to help train a new generation of researchers in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. Over the past ten years, the program has provided opportunities for faculty members and students from minority-serving institutions to partner with NASA Astrobiology-funded investigators.
One of the program’s main objectives is to engage more faculty from under-represented colleges and universities in astrobiology research and increase the number of students pursuing careers in astrobiology.
Eligibility: Faculty members at a US college or university designated by the US Department of Education as a Minority Serving Institution, or who are themselves a member of an underrepresented minority group, and who are prepared to conduct scientific research related to astrobiology, may apply for up to 10 weeks of financial support, including housing and travel, as well as additional funds to continue the research with students and/or astrobiology labs and curriculum.