The NASA EPSCoR Program has announced the release of a new solicitation titled “Rapid Response Research (R3).” The goal of this effort is to foster close collaborations among NASA, industry and university faculty to solve specific current NASA research challenges. The funding for each award is $100,000 for a one-year period of performance to address a subset of NASA topic areas. Each NASA EPSCoR jurisdiction may submit one proposal per appendix. For instance, New Mexico may submit, through the NM NASA EPSCoR Office, up to 9 proposals but only one for each appendix. New Mexico faculty members interested in submitting a proposal must first submit a notice of intent to the NM NASA EPSCoR Office.
The lead Science PIs must contact the NASA point of contact to talk about their research ideas before submitting a notice of intent (and before proposal submission). For NASA point of contact information, refer to the “R3 Full Solicitation” link below.
The R3 is a collaborative effort between EPSCoR and the NASA Mission Directorate programs/offices. The goals of R3 are to provide a streamlined method to address research issues important to NASA, and to enable EPSCoR researchers to work with NASA to solve research issues impacting the Agency’s programs/missions. The proposed research should also contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science, and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of New Mexico.
There is no requirement that Science PIs be U.S. citizens, however, foreign nationals (e.g., non-U.S. citizens who do not have a green card) will likely not be permitted access to NASA Centers. This may or may not be relevant to the research being proposed.