Released: September 29, 2017
Deadline: December 18, 2017
The NASA Iowa Space Grant Consortium sponsors an Early Career Investigator Research Program (ECIRP) having the goals of establishing a sustainable project that meets the documented needs of NASA and the State of Iowa. ECIRP is designed to strengthen Iowa’s NASA-related research infrastructure by providing startup funding to early career university faculty who are conducting research that is aligned with NASA research activities. The ECIRP intent is to build new collaborations with NASA centers or other future funding sources and is required for this opportunity. Connections with ISGC industrial and government affiliates are especially encouraged. Involvement of students in research is highly encouraged, but not required.
Competition is open to faculty from Drake, Iowa State, Iowa, or Northern Iowa (ISGC core institutions), who are on tenure-track appointments or within two-years post-tenure. All direct funded participants (faculty and students) must be U.S. citizens. Faculty and/or students who are involved in the administration of this activity, but are not directly compensated, need not be U.S. citizens. The ISGC encourages proposals from females, members of underrepresented minority groups, veterans, and persons with disabilities.
Request: Proposals are requested from eligible investigators for a project that will be conducted during the period beginning October 2017 through June 21, 2018. Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their ideas with Dr. Christina Bloebaum (firstname.lastname@example.org), ISGC interim director; or Jay Staker (email@example.com), associate director, to see if their ideas fall within the scope of this opportunity. Proposals for this funding may be up to $7,000. Awards will be allocated until program funding is consumed.
1. Title Page: Project title, Principal Investigator name, and contact information.
2. Project Description (five-page maximum, single-spaced, minimum 12 pt. font, 1” margins):
- Description of the proposed research with goals and objectives of the project
- Description of how the proposed research will build new collaboration/s with NASA and/or other partners
- Relevance of proposed research to documented needs and priorities of NASA and the State of Iowa
- How the work has a high potential for becoming self-sustaining when ISGC funding ends
- How funding will impact the investigator’s career
3. Budget and Budget Narrative (two-page maximum)
- Budget and justification that explains, in itemized detail, the ISGC amount requested and non-federal match
- All direct funded participants (faculty and students) must be U.S. citizens.
- Awards of $7,000 require a non-federal match of 1:1.25 per award (i.e. $8,750)
- Cost-share can be cash and/or in-kind contributions
- Charging indirect on NASA funds is not allowable
- Waived indirects on NASA funds and cost share may be counted towards total match
- A budget template is available at: https://www.iaspacegrant.org/funding/faculty/ or by sending an e-mail request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Equipment purchases, facility construction or renovation, and foreign travel are not permitted
4. Curriculum vitae of Principal Investigator (two-page maximum)
5. Matching fund commitment letter from authorized institution fiscal agent Criteria for selection: An effective research project is one that: shows strong technical merit of the proposed work, builds connections to NASA Centers and NASA research activities (or other prospective future funding sources), aligns with documented NASA and State of Iowa needs and priorities, involves collaborators from multiple disciplines, involves other Space Grant affiliates (where appropriate),provides adequate matching funds, and has a high potential for becoming self-sustaining when ISGC funding ends. Effectiveness should be measured (at least in part) by the degree to which the investigator has established a meaningful interaction and has the potential to lead to longer term interactions.
Required reports include a progress report due in February 2018 and final report in June 2018 upon the completion of the performance period. The report will include an evaluation of the project’s effectiveness relative to the proposed objectives and other standard ISGC and NASA reporting requirements.
Proposal Submission Procedure: Proposals in Microsoft Word format are to be submitted to the ISGC office at email@example.com by December 18, 2017. The budget should be submitted in Excel format with the ISGC template, see below. Proposals will be reviewed as submitted with award allocations until program funding is consumed.