The Nevada System of Higher Education has received funding from the NASA Office of Education, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Program to promote and support travel with the explicit objective being the development and submission of proposals to NASA. Deliverables for receipt of these awards include a coversheet for the submitted proposal(s) to NASA as well as an abstract of the proposal before the end of June 2013.
The Nevada program is particularly looking to foster proposal submissions in areas of earth systems science and the utilization of NASA resources for studies of climate change and systems engineering for exploration. The program has had and has continuing interests in the fields of planetary geology and geophysics, astronomy, astrophysics, astrobiology, materials science and robotics and will support efforts in these areas as well.
The current open solicitation is meant to provide resources necessary to facilitate travel and connections with NASA principle investigators and NASA scientists at NASA centers. Requests for travel funds should include:
- Faculty and proposed participant’s name(s)- students can be supported but must be made in conjunction with their faculty/mentor/advisor
- NSHE Institutional affiliation
- Research interests of the faculty/participants
- Destination: NASA Center and/or facility
- Proposed dates and location of travel
- Collaboration/Personnel with whom the NSHE faculty will meet
- A brief description detailing how the travel will help proposal development (what NASA program) and how it will help to meet the goals of NASA and develop the research portfolio or infrastructure in Nevada.
- Amount requested detailing duration, location and cost of travel (size of awards are anticipated to be in $500 – $3000 range). No matching funds are required.
- Only Direct Costs will be covered by this award. No Indirect costs will be provided.
The Nevada NASA Project will continually review applications and announce awards through the NSHE EPSCoR Office. Reporting requirements must be met.
This offer of assistance will continue until available funds have been obligated. Questions or applications with necessary information and supporting materials should be addressed to Alice Ward in the Nevada EPSCoR Office firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nevada NASA-EPSCoR office still has remaining funds (some of which may expire by end of May 2013) to support travel that will foster collaborations and proposal development with NASA centers and personnel. Sequestration has limited the ability for NASA personnel to travel and Nevada faculty and students likely still need to meet with NASA personnel to establish new and strengthen existing collaborations. Therefore, contact the NASA-EPSCoR office regarding requests for NASA travel funds