NASA EPSCoR Announces Major Research Grants


A South Dakota research group has been selected to receive a NASA EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) major research grant in the amount of $750,000. The project entitled, Wireless Body Area Network in Space: Development of Wireless Health Monitoring System with Flexible and Wearable Sensors is a joint effort between researchers from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T), South Dakota State University (SDSU), University of South Dakota (USD) and collaborators at four NASA research centers.

The proposed outcome of the research is to enable a wireless network system for real-time and multi-dimensional monitoring of the physiological parameters of the human body, which will provide key technologies for evaluation of health impacts of the space environment on astronauts. In addition to the research goals the project will provide high-quality research and educational opportunities for k-12, undergraduate and graduate students while also strengthening science, engineering and healthcare programs at SDSM&T, SDSU and USD.

NASA EPSCoR received a total of 52 proposals for this solicitation. From these, 25 were recommended for funding (13 in 2017 and 12 in 2018.) EPSCoR, establishes partnerships with government, higher education and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state’s or region’s research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness.

Click here to view the project summary.