Required Letter of Intent Due: Monday, November 26, 2012
Pre-Proposal Due: Friday, December 14, 2012 *
Note: These dates are subject to change if the NASA RFP is released earlier than expected.
Background and Purpose
In anticipation of a national NASA EPSCoR Request for Proposals, the NASA Nebraska EPSCoR program invites Letters of Intent for participation in the next national competition. While NASA has not officially set a date for the release of the RFP, the NASA Nebraska EPSCoR program is initiating this pre-proposal process at the state level to identify research with merit for full development upon NASA’s official announcement of the national competition.
Research projects must submit a Pre-Proposal in order to be eligible for the national NASA EPSCoR competition upon release of an RFP.
Public Law 102-588 authorized NASA to initiate the NASA EPSCoR program to strengthen the research capability of States that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities. Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the NASA Space Grant Program. The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable states to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally competitive capabilities in aerospace research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the state’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development.
Each funded NASA EPSCoR project is expected to establish research programs that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology priorities of NASA, and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the state. The NASA EPSCoR funded projects must perform scientific and/or technical research in areas that support the strategic research and technology priorities of one or more of NASA’s four Mission Directorates and/or one or more of the ten NASA Field Centers. An emphasis should be placed on developing a core expertise capable of successfully competing for funds from NASA sources outside of the EPSCoR program and from other non-NASA sources. The programs should move increasingly toward gaining support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program by aggressively pursuing additional funding opportunities offered by NASA, industry, other agencies, and elsewhere.