2015 SD NASA EPSCoR Major Research Competition (3-yr, $750,000 awards)


This is the Call for Preproposals for the 2015 NASA EPSCoR Major Research Grant Competition. The 2015 CAN (Cooperative Agreement Notice) was issued Dec. 19, 2014, follow the link to download a copy.

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This year South Dakota can submit ONE full proposal to NASA. The maximum request per proposal is $750,000 with a three-year period of performance. Cost-sharing is required at a level of 50% with non-federal funds (i.e., $750,000 NASA : $375,000 match).

  • Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the NASA Mission Directorates and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the state of South Dakota.
  • Current NASA research areas of interest are summarized on p. 9-24 of the RFP.
  • Additional information on NASA’s Mission Directorates and education strategy is on p. 36-38.
  • A list of NASA research contacts is on p. 41-42.
  • Useful websites for learning more about NASA research and technology priorities are on p. 56. See also http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/
    Abstracts of proposals funded by NASA in 2014 are attached .

The SD NASA EPSCoR Steering Committee requests that interested researchers complete the attached Preproposal Form and return it to me no later than 5:00 pm Mountain Time on February 13, 2015. US citizenship is not required.

Preproposals will be reviewed by the SD NASA EPSCoR Steering Committee and the committee will invite 1-2 researchers or research groups to develop full proposals prior to the March 19, 2015, due date for submission to NASA. A maximum of ONE of these will be forwarded to NASA.

General guidance on developing a preproposal is provided below. For additional details and eligibility restrictions, see the attachments.

Guidance for proposal preparation:

  1. Proposals must identify research that addresses NASA priorities.
  2. Support and/or collaboration with one or more NASA scientists or engineers is essential.
    • A strong NASA support letter (meaning a science/engineering contact) from a NASA Center is essential.
    • If possible, the NASA collaboration should be very specific — visits to NASA Centers to use facilities, exchanges of samples, student visits, etc. The more detailed the interaction, the better the indication of real interest on the part of the NASA collaborators.
  3. Proposals should also attempt to address state priorities and diversity and should involve collaboration of two or more institutions in the state. (See “2020 Vision: The South Dakota Science and Innovation Strategy”)
    • A multi-institution proposal is strongly recommended (more than one South Dakota university).
    • A tribal college research and/or education outreach component is extremely valuable.
  4. Current or past NASA EPSCoR awardees may participate in new proposals, but the proposals should highlight research personnel and research themes that are distinct from the prior effort (see attachment for specific eligibility restrictions ).
  5. Projects will have a three year period of performance with total NASA funding of $750,000.
    • The amount of required non-federal cost-sharing is expected to be at a rate of 50% of the NASA amount.

Contact Ed Duke at Edward.Duke@sdsmt.edu with questions or for more information.