Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
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 Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). 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 Mission Directorates or the centers and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology development, higher education capabilities, and economic growth of each state (jurisdiction).
Award Process Overview
Annually, all 26 designated NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions are invited to submit 1 proposal per fiscal year in response to this solicitation. Louisiana’s proposal selection is determined by the rankings of an independent, external review committee appointed by the Louisiana Board of Regents. Pre-Proposal requirements and templates are drafted by the Louisiana NASA Space Grant and EPSCoR Management office located at LSU. Final proposals are developed with support from the LA NASA EPSCoR / LaSPACE Program Management team and are submitted to NASA directly by the Board of Regents. All of the ESPCoR proposals are then reviewed by NASA for final awards.
Traditionally, NASA has funded these projects at $750,000 each over the course of 3-years with a 1:1 match from the Board of Regents. The number of EPSCoR projects awarded each year varies based on NASA’s available budget. For example, in FY 2011 of the 51 proposals submitted, 27 were recommended for funding. The solicitation for FY 2013, however, stated that NASA anticipates only “5 to 8 awards of up to $750,000 each to be expended over a three-year period of performance.” Of the 28 submitted in 2013, 14 received funding. For FYs 2014 & 2015, 15 of 28 proposals were awarded funding, and for FY 2016 there were 11 proposals selected. For FYs 2017 & 2018 there was a single competition with awardees designated in one of the two FY years; 27 of 54 submittals were awarded. Both of Louisiana’s proposals were selected for FY 18 funding. The collected abstracts of winning proposals for the last two cycles (3 fiscal years) are included in the supporting documents section below, beneath the solicitation schedule.
FY 2019 LA BoR NASA EPSCoR Pre-Proposal Solicitation Schedule
- Solicitation Issue Date: Monday, May 7, 2018
- Notice of Intent Due: Monday, June 11, 2018
- Last Day to Submit Questions to BoR: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
- Pre-Proposals due to the LA BoR: Monday, July 23, 2018
- Anticipated Selection Announcement: Late September / Early October
- Final Revisions on Selected Proposals due to LaSPACE Mgt Team: TBD
Anticipated FY 19 NASA EPSCoR Solicitation Schedule
- NASA CAN Issue Date: September 6, 2018
- Notice of Intent Due: October 22, 2018
- NASA CAN Final Proposals Due Date: December 7, 2018
Pre-Proposal Solicitation Packet for FY 2019
The NASA Office of Education has indicated that the FY19 Solicitation will be released in July. A release date in July means that the notice of intent will be due in September. The Louisiana Board of Regents needs to complete our internal selection process before the Notice of Intent is due to NASA.
The official FY 19 Pre-proposal packet for Louisiana researchers with solicitation instructions, the notice of intent form, and Pre-proposal template is available in Word and PDF here, followed by an Excel version of the budget form.
The documents included below are critical resources that will assist proposers in developing a strong proposal.
NASA EPSCoR FY 2019 Solicitation
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