NASA EPSCoR Project Office Opportunities

Posted on: September 30, 2019   |   Categories: Announcements, NASA EPSCoR, News & Updates

New Opportunities from NASA EPSCoR National Project Office


  • States (South Dakota) may submit ONE proposal per task.
  • Proposals MUST be submitted by the state NASA EPSCoR Director (Ed Duke)
  • Persons interested in developing a proposal must contact Ed Duke; in cases where more than one group is planning to propose to the same task, a down-selection process will be required
  • Proposal length:  2-3 pages
  • Proposals due:  January 6, 2020
  • Maximum funding and period of performance: up to $100,000 per proposal for period not to exceed one year (anticipate 20 awards in this cycle)

Topical areas (see also attached worksheet):

  1. Science Mission Directorate Planetary Division

Extreme Environments applicable to Venus, Io, Earth volcanoes and deep sea vents


  • High-Temperature Subsystems and Components for Long-Duration (months) Surface Operations:
  • Aerial Platforms for Missions to Measure Atmospheric Chemical and Physical Properties:
  • Extreme Environment Aerobot
  1. Commercial Space Capabilities Office
  • Renewal of Previously Selected Cycle 1 CSCO R3
  • Landed Sensing of Mars Ice
  • Improvement of Space Suit State of Art
  1. Science Mission Directorate Earth Sciences Division

Research Topics to Address Earth System response to disasters


  • Oil spills (e.g. improved mitigation strategies; further understanding of oil distribution through time; comparison between spills in similar settings)
  • Hurricanes (e.g. impacts on coastal communities/ecosystems and subsequent recovery; comparison of storm types and ecosystem damage)
  • Wildfires (linkages of various wildfires (type, extent) to climatic conditions; societal impacts; recurrence and ecosystem response)
  • Harmful algal blooms (e.g. impacts on air/water quality; comparison of climatic conditions for different blooms; comparison of blooms across regions)
  • Volcanic eruptions (e.g. atmospheric composition/distribution of plumes of same volcano through time)
  1. NASA Space Life and Physical Sciences and Research Applications
  • Physical Sciences Program — Dusty Plasmas
  • Fluids Physics and Combustion Science — Drop Tower Studies
  • Combustion Science — Transcritical Combustion
  • Physical Sciences Program — Quantum Effects
  • Fluid Physics — Flow Boiling in Reduced Gravity
  • Physical Sciences — Physical Sciences Informatics System
  • Bioinformatic Analysis of Space Biology Data in the NASA GeneLab Data System
  • Space Biology Program — Biofilms and the Built Environment
  • Space Biology Program — Plant and Microbial Interactions
  • Physical Sciences Program — Extraction of Materials from Regolith
  • Space Biology Program — In-Situ Food Safety Monitoring
  1. Kennedy Space Center Partnerships Office
  • Conversion of CO2 into Fuel
  • Evaluation of Low Pressure Air Plasma for Passivation of Metal Components
  1. Goddard Space Flight Center Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO)
  • Computational and Technological Advances for Scientific Discovery

Proposers are encouraged to contact the research task point of contact (POC) listed on page 4 of the RFP for clarification/information on the tasks.


Edward F. Duke, Director
South Dakota Space Grant Consortium and
South Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program

501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
Phone: 605-394-2388