Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of STEM Engagement, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD), 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 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 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. Likewise, during the FY21 competition, 16 of 28 proposals were awarded including the Louisiana submittal. 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 19-20-21 are included in the supporting documents section below.
Anticipated FY 2023 LA BoR NASA EPSCoR Pre-Proposal Solicitation Schedule
- Solicitation Issue Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022
- Notice of Intent Due: Wednesday, July 20, 2022
- Last Day to Submit Questions to BoR: Wednesday, August 17, 2022
- Pre-Proposals due to the LA BoR: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
- Anticipated Selection Announcement: September 2022
- Final Revisions on Selected Proposals due to LaSPACE Mgt Team: TBD
Anticipated FY 23 NASA EPSCoR Solicitation Schedule (subject to change)
- NASA CAN Issue Date: August 18, 2022
- Notice of Intent Due: September 2022
- NASA CAN Final Proposals Due Date: November 16, 2022
Pre-Proposal Solicitation Packet for FY 2023
The NASA Office of STEM Engagement has indicated that the FY 22 Solicitation will be released in December. The Louisiana Board of Regents needs to complete our internal selection process before the Notice of Intent is due to NASA sometime in January.
The official FY 22 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. Pay close attention to the FY23 NASA Research Priorities.
Previous NASA Competitive Research NOFOs & Winning Abstracts
NASA EPSCoR FY 2023 Solicitation
Will post 2023 NASA EPSCoR CAN as soon as NASA releases it.
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