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Research Awards Program (RAP) - Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Program

Grants to Louisiana Researchers at IHEs for Projects Related to
Science, Aeronautics, Space Technology, and Human Exploration

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11/12/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Louisiana researchers at institutions of higher education for projects in the areas of science, aeronautics, space technology, and human exploration. Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent prior to submitting a full application. Projects must involve research or technology and are open to any area relevant to NASA.

The RAP sub-program is designed for those researchers who have made a NASA contact and are ready to take the next step of initiating a small project. This could involve almost any type of NASA relevant work, such as utilizing a specific NASA facility, employing NASA expertise, or building upon previous NASA work (akin to technology/knowledge transfer) or working with a NASA group on problems of common interest. In all cases, the Louisiana researcher must have the support of a NASA researcher and include a plan for developing a research partnership, and the proposal must clearly state which Mission Directorate this project aligns with. The goal here is to develop larger, longer-lasting collaborative projects that can transition to the next level. There are two components to the proposed RAP subprogram.

Single Institution Projects (SIP) are designed to provide seed grants for R&D that have a demonstrated tie-in to a NASA priority. Projects are open to any area relevant to NASA's mission. Each project proposal must include a NASA Collaboration Development Plan that describes what effort has already been, and will be, undertaken to establish a partnership with one or more NASA researchers.

Partnership Projects (PP) involve two or more institutions, one of which should be a non-research-intensive institution and preferably an HBCU. In addition to the SIP requirements, a Partnership Project must demonstrate significant contributions from each institution, an equitable distribution of resources, and a management plan that details how the institutions will work together on the project.

These seed grants from NASA EPSCoR are not just research grants. Excellent research must be performed, but the project should also be designed to (a) increase research capacity and competitiveness and (b) be scalable to a team approach for a larger future endeavor. Evidence of the probability of (a) and (b) must be presented in the proposal and addressed in the project report.

Proposals must explicitly link the proposed project to a research priority
within one of NASA’s four Mission Directorates. To see the Mission Directorates, click here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162061

Number of Grants:

NASA EPSCoR anticipates funding 2 to 5 SIPs and 1 to 2 PPs this cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

RAP-SIP awards are anticipated to be in the $30K-$40K range; RAP-PP awards are anticipated to range from $60K-$75K.

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Period of Performance: February 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022
- RAP awards will be issued for a 12-month period of performance. No cost extensions (NCEs) for ongoing projects may be considered if submitted to the La Board of Regents Sponsored Programs office no later than 60 days before the initial project end-date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The RAP sub-program is designed to provide seed grants to LA researchers for R & D that has a demonstrated tie-in to a NASA center.
- The project PI must be a faculty member at one of Louisiana’s institutions of higher education.
- Projects that involve human subjects are not acceptable for this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Proposal Release Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020
- NOI Due Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
- Proposal Due Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 by 11:59 pm
- Anticipated Award Announcements: late December 2020

Proposing institutions are expected to provide a 50% total cost-match.

Applicants must submit a letter/email of interest from a NASA researcher which shows support for the project. Contact info for Mission Directorate Leads and University Affairs Officers at the various NASA centers are available here:

Discussions of research with the appropriate NASA EPSCoR Research Liaison (MD, Center, or JPL) personnel are strongly encouraged.

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

Proposals should be submitted to the following email address:

Questions regarding solicitations should be directed to the program management office at

Technical and scientific questions may be directed to the appropriate contact, which can be found on page 5 of the Guidelines (see link for contact info in Pre-Application Information above).

La NASA EPSCoR Management Office
364 Nicholson Hall, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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