North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program Faculty Seed Research Opportunities 2009
TO: UND and NDSU Faculty in Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics
FROM: Dr. Paul S. Hardersen, Director, North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program
RE: North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program Faculty Seed Research Opportunities
North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program is currently soliciting faculty seed research proposals from University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) faculty in physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Seed research proposals are designed to help faculty gain experience in formulating high-quality, rigorous research programs that have significant potential for non-NASA EPSCoR funding following the award period.
Awards require 3:1 match from the PI, meaning, the PI must supply $1 in match for every $3 from NASA. Acceptable sources of match include state-appropriated faculty salary and cash. NDSU PIs must state any PI salary for match is during the academic year in the budget summary. UND PIs must include dates of the pay period being used for match, percent of effort, and source of faculty salary including a fund and department number. All sources of match can only be applied to the time period of the award. All awards require: 1) an end-of-year award report to be filed with the North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program office, and 2) submission of a regular research proposal to NASA or NSF within 12 months of the end of the seed research funding. Failure to submit a regular research proposal to NASA or NSF will preclude the PI from further funding via North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program.
Submissions must also be consistent with one or more components of the 2006 NASA Strategic Plan.
Preference will be given to proposals that align with North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program research priorities, which include planetary space suit research, astronomical/planetary sciences research, earth sciences research, and materials science research. Preference will also be given to beginning, untenured faculty who have not yet received a North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program award. One major goal of the North Dakota NASA EPSCoR program is to establish and nurture niche, NASA-related research focus areas in North Dakota that will attract additional NASA research funding to the state. Visit the North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program home page for more information.
Faculty seed research funds will be available beginning May 15, 2009, and must be spent no later than April 15, 2010. Proposers are encouraged to utilize the 2008 NRA Proposers Guidebook for guidance.
If the PI has also submitted a GRA proposal to North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program, then the research and GRA proposals must not be identical, but treated as independent proposals.
Submit in the following order:
1. Cover page that lists principal investigator (PI) contact information, amount of funding request, department chair signature, and a statement that the PI has/has not received North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program funding since July 1, 2008.
2. A 5-10 page description of the proposed research that includes the following items:
a. Description of the primary research question and/or purpose
b. Description of the methodological approach and techniques
c. Relevance to NASA
d. Preliminary research results, if applicable
e. Nature and extent of collaborations with NASA personnel
f. Contact information of NASA collaborators, if any
g. Letter from NASA collaborators that will contribute to this research, if any
h. Description of the PI’s plan to secure future NASA funding after any NASA EPSCoR funding
i. Reference list, as appropriate
3. A detailed budget. Use the Budget Summary form at the top of this webpage. Include a one-page budget narrative along with the Budget Summary that itemizes, describes, and justifies each budget item. Include a separate, more detailed budget, if necessary, to provide sufficient detail. A lack of sufficient budget detail will adversely impact the evaluation of a proposal.
Original and five stapled copies of proposals are due in your campus North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program office by Noon, April 22, 2009. Also, an electronic submission of the proposal as a single, unlocked PDF attachment must be sent to Carla Kellner at Carla.Kellner@und.nodak.edu
Questions regarding this announcement can be addressed to Paul S. Hardersen, Director, North Dakota NASA EPSCoR Program, (Hardersen@space.edu, 701-777-4896) or Carla Kellner (Carla.Kellner@und.nodak.edu, 701-777-2492).