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 FY17-18 competition, NASA awarded 27 of the 54 submitted proposals. Both of Louisiana’s proposals were successful with award funding beginning in 2018. For the FY19 competition 24 proposals were submitted to NASA and 16 were recommended for funding including the Louisiana submission. For FY20, of the 27 proposals submitted, 15 were selected for funding, including the Louisiana submission. Louisiana has an extremely high success rate with these competitions, and it is reasonable to expect that we will continue to be awarded. The collected abstracts of winning proposals for the Fiscal Years 2016-17-18-19-20 are included in the supporting documents section below.

Anticipated FY 2021 LA BoR NASA EPSCoR Pre-Proposal Solicitation Schedule

  • Solicitation Issue Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Notice of Intent Due: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
  • Last Day to Submit Questions to BoR: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
  • Pre-Proposals due to the LA BoR: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
  • Anticipated Selection Announcement: ~Mid-December 2020
  • Final Revisions on Selected Proposals due to LaSPACE Mgt Team: TBD

Anticipated FY 21 NASA EPSCoR Solicitation Schedule

  • NASA CAN Issue Date:  January 12, 2021
  • Notice of Intent Due: February 26, 2021
  • NASA CAN Final Proposals Due Date: April 19, 2021

Pre-Proposal Solicitation Packet for FY 2021

The NASA Office of STEM Engagement has indicated that the FY 20 Solicitation will be released in November. The Louisiana Board of Regents needs to complete our internal selection process before the Notice of Intent is due to NASA sometime in December.

The official FY 20 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.

NASA FY 21 Competitive Research Award CAN Solicitation

FY2021 La NASA EPSCoR CAN PreProposal Final PDF Version

FY2021 La NASA EPSCoR CAN PreProposal Final Word Version

LaBoR NASA ESPSCoR Preproposal Budget Form in Excel

The documents included below are critical resources that will assist proposers in developing a strong proposal.

NASA Priorities & Contacts 

NASA 2018 Strategic Plan

Overview of NASA_2018_strategic_plan

EPSCoR 2021 NASA Research Priorities

NASA Points of Contact from FY20 CAN

NASA Space Technology Roadmap

NASA Technology Area Breakdown Structure

Previous NASA CAN Solicitations & Winning Abstracts

NASA EPSCoR FY 20 Research CAN Solicitation

NASA EPSCoR FY 19 Research CAN Solicitation

NASA EPSCoR FY 17 & FY 18 Research CAN Solicitation

NASA EPSCoR FY 16 Research CAN Solicitation

NASA EPSCoR 2020 Research Award Abstracts July 2020

NASA EPSCoR 2019 Research Award Abstracts

NASA EPSCoR 2018 Research Award Abstracts April 2018

NASA EPSCoR 2017 Research Award Abstracts July 2017

NASA EPSCoR 2016 Research Award Abstracts June 2016

NASA EPSCoR FY 2021 Solicitation

Will post 2021 NASA EPSCoR CAN as soon as NASA releases it.

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