NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Programs

EPSCoR Award Opportunities

RFP-14-004: NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Research Faculty NASA Travel Opportunity OPEN
RFP-15-002: NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Request for Proposals CLOSED
RFP-15-003: NASA Kentucky EPSCoR RA Request for Pre-Proposals CLOSED

NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Programs

The NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Programs (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) strengthen research capability in the state in areas of importance to NASA and Kentucky by promoting development of research infrastructure, improving capabilities to gain support outside of EPSCoR, and developing partnerships with NASA.

NASA-KY-Awards-2012-2014NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Programs support faculty research development with Research Infrastructure Development Grants (RIDG) and Workshop/Conference/Seminar (WCS) awards:
EPSCoR Programs Summary
RIDG – Research Infrastructure Development
WCS – Workshop/Conference/Seminar
Research Faculty Travel Awards

Resources – FAQ, NASA Contacts & more:

NASA KY Current Research Projects (pdf)
NASA Mission Directorate Descriptions (pdf)
NASA Center Descriptions, Contacts, and Research Areas (pdf)
NASA Contact List (2014 pdf)
NASA Certifications and Assurances (2014 pdf)
NASA Proposers Guidebook

NASA Kentucky also develops a state proposal annually for submission to the national NASA EPSCoR Research Area (RA) RFP (see below)

Eligibility for EPSCoR Programs [RIDG, WCS]:

Proposals will be accepted from institutions of higher education in Kentucky. Eligibility is not limited to NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium Affiliate Institutions. US Citizenship is not required. Reporting on current and prior awards must be up to date to be eligible for funding. Proposals from PIs who are delinquent in meeting reporting requirements may be rejected without review.

Reporting Requirements:

Principal Investigators are required to report research productivity and students supported using the KY EPSCoR Reporting System (KERS) during the award period, within 30 days of the end of the award (final technical report), and annually for 5 years post-award (Kentucky EPSCoR requirement). Project reporting must be up to date to meet program report cycles due annually in March and June for NASA and July for state funding. Reporting on current and prior awards must be up to date to be eligible for funding. Proposals from PIs who are delinquent in meeting reporting requirements may be rejected without review.


NASA EPSCoR Research Area [RA] Award Proposal

RFP-15-003: NASA Kentucky EPSCoR RA Request for Pre-Proposals CLOSED

In addition to the programs above, NASA Kentucky solicits pre-proposals annually and competitively selects one for development into a full proposal to submit to the NASA EPSCoR RA RFP.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD), Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Research Area (RA) Award. Each funded NASA EPSCoR RA proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction (KY).


NASA KY EPSCoR Research Area Awards

Influence of Gravity on Electrokinetic and Electrochemical Colloidal Self-Assembly for Future Materials
Dr. Stuart Williams, Dr. Gerold Willing, Dr. Hemali Rathnayake

Improving Heat Shields for Atmospheric Entry: Numerical and Experimental Investigations for Modeling Ablative Thermal Protection System Surface Degradation Effects on Near-Wall Flow
Dr. Alexandre Martin, Dr. Sean Bailey, Dr. Michael Winter, Dr. Chi Shen

A Paradigm-Shifting Therapy for Mitigating Cellular and Tissue Damage in Humans Exposed to Radiation
Dr. Patricia Soucy and Dr. Robert Keynton

Shape Memory Alloys for High Temperature and Surface Morphing Applications in Aerospace Industry
Dr. Haluk Karaca and Dr. Y.T. Cheng

The CubeLab Standard for Improved Access to the International Space Station for Scientific Payloads
Dr. James Lumpp

Versatile Biosensing Platform for Monitoring Bone Markers for Space Medicine
Dr. David Puleo

Efficacy of Countermeasures to Cardiovascular Deconditioning in Men and Women During Simulated Moon and Mars Explorations
Ms. Joyce Evans

Contact Us


Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, Director

Dr. Janet K. Lumpp, Associate Director

Jacob Owen, Assistant Director

Mark Pittman, Program Manager

NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and EPSCoR Programs
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
112 Robotics Bldg (RMB)
Lexington, KY 40506-0108

Phone: 859-218-6272 (859-218-NASA)