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 28 designated NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions are invited to submit 1 proposal to this competition (prior to 2013 jurisdictions could submit 2 proposals). Louisiana’s proposal selection is determined by the rankings of an independent, external review committee appointed by the Louisiana Board of Regents. 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. The collected abstracts of winning proposals for the last two cycles are included in the supporting documents section below, beneath the solicitation schedule.
FY 2017 & FY 2018 LA BoR NASA EPSCoR Pre-Proposal Solicitation Schedule
- Solicitation Issue Date: Monday, September 19, 2016
- Notice of Intent Due: Friday, November 4, 2016
- Last Day to Submit Questions to BoR: Wednesday, November 9, 2016
- Pre-Proposals due to the LA BoR: Friday, December 2, 2016
- Anticipated Selection Announcement: January 2017
- Final Revisions on Selected Proposals due to LaSPACE Mgt Team: TBA
- NASA CAN Issue Date: Monday, December 5, 2016
- NASA CAN Final Proposals Due Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017
Pre-Proposal Solicitation Packet for FY 2017
Typically, NASA releases its Cooperative Agreement Notice for EPSCoR proposals around the beginning of the year. The Louisiana Board of Regents aims to complete our internal selection process at around the same time the NASA solicitation opens. The official pre-proposal packet 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.