NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Programs

RFP-16-002: NASA KY EPSCoR Programs 2015-2016 Request for Proposals OPEN
RFP-14-004: NASA KY EPSCoR Research Faculty NASA Travel Opportunity OPEN
RFP-16-003: NASA KY EPSCoR RA 2015-2016 Request for Pre-Proposals  NOI Due Sept. 9, 2015

NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Programs
The NASA KY EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) programs 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-2012-2015

NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Programs support faculty research development with the following programs:

RIDG – Research Infrastructure Development
WCS – Workshop/Conference/Seminar
Research Faculty Travel Awards

Resources – FAQ, NASA Contacts & more:

NASA KY EPSCoR Programs Summary (pdf)
NASA KY FAQ (pdf) – updated 8/12/15
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.

Reporting Requirements:

Principal Investigators (PIs) are required to report research productivity and students supported using the KY EPSCoR Reporting System (KERS): 1) during the award period, 2) within 30 days of the end of the award (final technical report and complete KERS reporting), and 3) annual updates for 5 years post-award (Kentucky EPSCoR requirement). Quarterly updates to project reporting are recommended. Reporting must be current to meet program report cycles due annually in spring for NASA and summer for state funding.


NASA EPSCoR Research Area (RA) Award Proposal

RFP-16-003: NASA KY EPSCoR RA 2015-2016 Request for Pre-Proposals  NOI Due Sept. 9, 2015

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 national NASA EPSCoR RA RFP.

The NASA Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Mission Directorates and 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 and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction (Kentucky).


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

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)

Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, Director

Jacob Owen, Assistant Director

Mark Pittman, Program Manager