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Cooperative Agreements to USA Public IHEs in Multiple States for Research Related to Space and Aeronautics

Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) - Rapid Response Research (R3) Program

GrantWatch ID# 200423
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) - Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM)
CFDA Number: 43.008
Funding or PIN Number: NNH23ZHA002C

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArkansasDelawareHawaiiIdahoIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMississippiMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew MexicoNorth DakotaOklahomaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaVermontWest VirginiaWyoming

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/15/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA public IHEs in multiple states and territories for research related to space and aeronautics. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. The goal of the program is to develop research capabilities that will become nationally competitive and self-sustaining.

The NASA EPSCoR Directors from the following jurisdictions are eligible to submit one proposal to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. 

The NASA Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1993, Public Law 102-588, and its Reauthorization Act of 2017 (Public Law 114-329 Section 103) authorizes NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not historically participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop a research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction's economic viability and expand the nation's base for aerospace research and development.

The following are the specific objectives of NASA EPSCoR:

  • Contribute to and promote the development of research capability in NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission;
  • Improve the capabilities of the NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program;
  • Develop partnerships among NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry;
  • Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities of higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction.

The R3 program is a collaborative effort between NASA EPSCoR and the NASA Mission Directorate programs/offices listed above. The goals of R3 are to provide a streamlined method to address research issues important to NASA, and to enable NASA EPSCoR researchers to work with NASA to solve research issues impacting the Agency’s programs/missions.


  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
As stated in NASA EPSCoR legislation, jurisdictions eligible to compete for this opportunity are those jurisdictions eligible to compete in the National Science Foundation (NSF) EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Grant Program (RII). The NSF eligibility is based on whether the most recent three-year level of NSF research support is equal to or less than 0.75 percent. The most recent eligibility table is located in Supporting Documents below.

Proposals will be accepted from the resident institution of the NASA EPSCoR Director in each jurisdiction.

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Pre-Application Information
Electronic proposals shall be submitted in their entirety by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on the proposal due date of December 15, 2022.

All proposals in response to this announcement shall be submitted electronically via NSPIRES. Hard copies of the proposal will not be accepted.

To submit a research proposal to NASA, individuals and the organizations with which they are affiliated must be registered in NSPIRES. Individuals may register at any time. Organizations are required to have a valid registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) before they can register in NSPIRES.

Jurisdictions may submit up to a total of six proposals. The proposals may come from one or multiple offices (i.e., six proposals for the same topic or office, or one proposal from each of six offices, or any combination). Renewals are allowed but must include their own external funding and will not be included in the total proposal count. Please remember to include the Research Identifier in your title (and be sure to include Renewal if the proposal is a renewal). Note that renewals will require a letter of commitment from the funding office.

Please carefully note the following requirements for submission of an electronic proposal via NSPIRES:
- Every organization that intends to submit a proposal to NASA in response to this NOFO shall be registered in NSPIRES. Registration for the proposal data system shall be performed by an organization’s electronic business point-of-contact (EBPOC) who holds a valid registration with the System for Award Management (SAM)
- Each individual team member (e.g., PI, co-investigators), including all personnel named on the proposal’s electronic cover page, shall be individually registered in NSPIRES.

NASA’s stated goal is to announce selections as soon as possible. However, NASA does not usually announce new selections until the funds needed for those awards are approved through the Federal budget process. Therefore, a delay in NASA’s budget process may result in a delay of the selection date(s). After 180 days past the proposal’s submitted date, proposers may contact the NASA EPSCoR Project Manager for a status.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
EPSCoR plans to make approximately 30 awards from this announcement.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum funding that a jurisdiction can request from NASA is $100,000 per proposal.

Term of Contract
The period of performance for awards is one year.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Inquiries regarding the submission of electronic proposal materials to NSPIRES should be addressed to:

Ms. Althia Harris
NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) Phone:
202-479-9030 x310

All other inquiries about this cooperative agreement announcement should be addressed to:

Dr. Mitch Krell
Deputy Project Manager, NASA EPSCoR Office
Phone: (228) 688-1821
Cell Phone: (228) 342-7462

Technical and scientific questions about programs in this NOFO may be directed to the appropriate NASA POC listed in the Introduction under “Inquiries” on

NASA Headquarters
Office of STEM Engagement
Washington, DC 20546-0001

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