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NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

Grants to Louisiana Researchers at IHEs to Establish Programs
in the Areas of Research, Science, and Technology Development

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Louisiana NASA EPSCoR

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11/04/20 4:30 PM Central Time


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Grants to Louisiana researchers at institutions of higher education to establish research programs that contribute to the State's science, technology, and research capabilities, higher education, and economic development. Applicants must submit a Notice of Intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Eligible proposals should align with the strategic technology and research priorities of one or more of the four NASA Mission Directorates (MD) and one or more of the ten NASA field centers.

NASA’s Mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research, draws support from four Mission Directorates, nine NASA Centers, and JPL, each with a specific responsibility.

Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) conducts high-quality, cutting-edge research that generates innovative concepts, tools, and technologies to enable revolutionary advances in our Nation’s future aircraft, as well as in the airspace in which they will fly.

Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) provides the Agency with leadership and management of NASA space operations related to human exploration in and beyond low-Earth orbit. HEO also oversees low-level requirements development, policy, and programmatic oversight. The International Space Station, currently orbiting the Earth with a crew of six, represents the NASA exploration activities in low-Earth orbit.

Science Mission Directorate (SMD) leads the Agency in four areas of research: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. SMD, using the vantage point of space to achieve with the science community and our partners a deep scientific understanding of our planet, other planets and solar system bodies, the interplanetary environment, the Sun and its effects on the solar system, and the universe beyond. In so doing, we lay the intellectual foundation for the robotic and human expeditions of the future while meeting today's needs for scientific information to address national concerns, such as climate change and space weather.

The Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering, new technologies, and capabilities needed by the agency to achieve its current and future missions. STMD rapidly develops, demonstrates, and infuses revolutionary, high-payoff technologies through transparent, collaborative partnerships, expanding the boundaries of the aerospace enterprise. STMD employs a merit-based competition model with a portfolio approach, spanning a range of discipline areas and technology readiness levels.

For more information about each MD and center, see the document entitled "NASA Mission Directorates Center Alignment Research Areas from FY20" in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 192248

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The panel will recommend the most meritorious pre-proposal and one runner-up in case the top proposal falls through for any reason.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each proposal may request NASA funding of up to $750,000.

Term of Contract:

For this proposal cycle, the Board of Regents funding will not be available prior to July 1, 2021. Each proposal may request NASA funding for a three-year project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals holding a tenured, tenure-track, or research faculty position at any of Louisiana’s public institutions of higher education, as well as accredited independent institutions of higher education that are members of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, are eligible to submit pre-proposals under this solicitation. Individuals who are not employed by these institutions may serve as consultants; however, they may not be listed as investigators and must not be cited on the cover sheet of the pre-proposal. Direct labor costs will be allowed exclusively for faculty, staff, students, and visiting researchers at Louisiana Institutions. A faculty member may submit only one pre-proposal in response to this solicitation as Principal Investigator (PI) but may be a co-investigator on additional pre-proposals.

Science PIs/Institutional PIs who have been successful in the national competition (i.e. were selected by NASA) over the past 5 years (i.e. the FY2016, FY2017, FY2018, FY2019, & FY2020 competitions) may not propose as leads to this RFP. PIs who were selected to proceed to the national competition but were unsuccessful may re-propose to this RFP.

Pre-Application Information:

Before a pre-proposal will be accepted, a notice of intent (NOI) must be submitted by the PI no later than the close of business (4:30 PM) on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

- Wednesday, September 30, 2020: Pre-Proposal Notice of Intent due
- Wednesday, October 21, 2020: Last day to submit questions about this solicitation
- Wednesday, November 4, 2020: Pre-proposals due
- Mid-December 2020: Notice of LA Selection

Questions will be accepted and answered on an ongoing basis through Wednesday, October 21st. A running compilation of all questions asked about this RFP and all answers provided in response to those questions will be periodically posted on the BOR website at

The PI of a successful pre-proposal is required to work closely with the NASA EPSCoR Project Director and Assistant Director (T. Gregory Guzik and Colleen H. Fava) and BOR staff to prepare the final proposal for submission by the BOR to NASA.

It is expected that NASA will issue the FY2021 CAN in early December 2020 with NOIs due in January and proposals due in March. Therefore, this RFP has been issued with a timeline for proposal submissions that will allow as much time as possible for proposers to prepare applications, for the BOR’s subsequent review process, for timely submission of the NOI, and for final edits to the selected proposal submission before submitting to NASA.

The cost-share requirement for NASA is covered by the Board of Regents matching funds. Therefore, institutional match funds are not required and should not be included in the budget.

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

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Specific questions concerning this solicitation and the requirements set forth herein should be directed in writing to Ms. Jessica Patton, Federal Programs Administrator, by email to

If both the PI and the OSP/OSR do not receive confirmation emails within 4 hours, the NOI was not received. Please contact the LA EPSCoR office by phone at 225-342-4253 or by email at

Louisiana Board of Regents
1201 North Third Street, Suite 6-200
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802
(225) 342-4253

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