CAN Program

Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN)

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), Science Mission Directorates (SMD), Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), and NASA’s ten centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) each year. The funded NASA EPSCoR CAN proposals are expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates, and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction.

Pre-proposals are solicited at the state level and are competitively reviewed for selection of a at least one and occasionally two pre-proposals (depending on available funding) that are submitted to the national NASA EPSCoR Office. Funded jurisdictions are selected through a national, merit-based, peer review competition.

Each NASA EPSCoR project must perform scientific and/or technical research in areas that support NASA’s strategic research and technology development priorities. Proposals should emphasize developing capabilities to compete for funds from NASA and non-NASA sources outside of EPSCoR. The projects should move increasingly towards gaining support from sources outside NASA EPSCoR by aggressively pursuing additional funding opportunities offered by NASA, industry, other federal agencies, and elsewhere.

NASA Research Areas of Interest: NASA EPSCoR research priorities are defined by the Mission Directorates (Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration & Operations, Science, and Space Technology), and NASA’s ten Centers. Each Mission Directorate and Center covers a major area of the Agency’s research and technology development efforts. Information about current NASA research solicitations can be found on NSPIRES at (select “Solicitations” and then “Open Solicitations”). Research priorities for each of the Mission Directorates (includes Centers) are summarized below; please see Appendix D for contact information for the NASA Point of Contact (POC) for each.

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