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 proposals for FY 2019 were submitted in December of 2018, and NASA announced on May 10, 2019 that 16 of 24 proposals were funded. Once again, Louisiana’s proposal has been selected for funding. The collected abstracts of winning proposals for the Fiscal Years 2016-17-18-19 are included in the supporting documents section below, beneath the solicitation schedule.

Anticipated FY 2020 LA BoR NASA EPSCoR Pre-Proposal Solicitation Schedule

  • Solicitation Issue Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
  • Notice of Intent Due: Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Last Day to Submit Questions to BoR: Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Pre-Proposals due to the LA BoR: Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Anticipated Selection Announcement:  ~November 2019
  • Final Revisions on Selected Proposals due to LaSPACE Mgt Team: TBD

Anticipated FY 20 NASA EPSCoR Solicitation Schedule

  • NASA CAN Issue Date:  November 2019
  • Notice of Intent Due: December 2019
  • NASA CAN Final Proposals Due Date: February 2020 

Pre-Proposal Solicitation Packet for FY 2020

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.

FY2020 La NASA EPSCoR CAN PreProposal PDF Version

FY2020 La NASA EPSCoR CAN PreProposal 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.

Previous NASA CAN Solicitations & Winning Abstracts

NASA EPSCoR FY 19 Research CAN Solicitation

NASA EPSCoR FY 17 & FY 18 Research CAN Solicitation

NASA EPSCoR FY 16 Research CAN Solicitation

FY2019 NASAEPSCoR AwardedAbstracts

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 Priorities & Contacts 

NASA 2018 Strategic Plan

Overview of NASA_2018_strategic_plan

NASA Mission Directorates Center Alignment Research Areas from FY19

NASA Points of Contact from FY19 CAN

NASA Space Technology Roadmap

NASA Technology Area Breakdown Structure

NASA EPSCoR FY 2020 Solicitation

Will post 2020 NASA EPSCoR CAN as soon as NASA releases it.

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