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2018-2019 Delaware NASA EPSCoR RID Seed Grant Program

Grants to Delaware Researchers and Junior Faculty to Develop
New STEM Research in Astrophysics, Space, and Aeronautics

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Delaware Space Grant Consortium (DESG) - Delaware NASA EPSCoR

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Delaware researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and junior faculty to develop academic STEM research in engineering, space, astrophysics, and aeronautics. Funding is intended to support seed projects that may develop into more nationally competitive and long-term capabilities. Priority will be given to proposals submitted by junior faculty and/or junior researchers.

The proposer must demonstrate how the proposal is aligned with one or more of the Strategic Goals which are listed in NASA's 2018 Strategic Plan (see Supporting Documents below).

NASA EPSCoR seed funding is for the development of academic research enterprises directed towards long-term, nationally competitive capabilities in areas of science and technology related to NASA’s broad interests, including space, aeronautics, astrophysics, and engineering. These capabilities are also meant to contribute to Delaware’s economic viability.

The Delaware NASA EPSCoR Seed Grant Program is aimed at promoting research and development in NASA-related areas among Delaware scientists and engineers. The goal is to stimulate scholarly initiatives by supporting junior faculty, researchers, and postdocs who have not yet received significant government funding. Consideration will also be given to more senior faculty who are embarking on a new research direction, but who have not yet received funding for that new research.

The seed grant program is intended to support proposal development, pilot research, and other activities that advance a NASA-related research project to the point at which it can attract competitive extramural funding. The relation between the proposed research and NASA’s mission can best be demonstrated by identifying a committed collaborator from a NASA center, or a collaborator who is already successful in obtaining NASA research funding.

Funding requests can include the following categories of direct costs: graduate student stipend (use the graduate student stipend rate for your college); research supplies (excluding large equipment); summer support for junior faculty/researchers, maximum of one month; and a summer undergraduate intern.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183625

Number of Grants:

Three awards are expected to be made.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Seed grant awards will be in amounts up to a total of $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The duration of each award is 11 months, from 8/16/2018 to 7/15/2019; a no-cost extension is not likely or expected.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty and research personnel working in areas of interest to the NASA Mission in the state of Delaware are eligible to apply.

Eligible expenses: Funding for senior faculty summer salary is discouraged. NASA EPSCoR funds may not be used for equipment purchases or foreign travel. All other expenses directly related to seed grant activities may be included in the budget.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are being accepted through May 31, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit all proposal materials as a single PDF file to the NASA EPSCoR Deputy Director, James MacDonald, at with a copy to

Questions regarding the seed grant program should also be directed to James MacDonald at the above email address.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware