NASA EPSCoR provides seed funding enabling jurisdictions (states) to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. NASA EPSCoR objectives are to: contribute to and promote the development of research infrastructure in EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission; improve the capabilities of the jurisdictions to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program; develop partnerships between NASA research assets, industry, and EPSCoR jurisdictions’ academic institutions; and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the jurisdiction.

NASA offers the following grant awards: Cooperative Agreement Notices (CAN), Rapid Response Research (RRR), International Space Station Flight Opportunities (ISS), and Rsearch Infrastructure Development (RID).

Research Infrastructure Development

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EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development awards, or RID. This component enables jurisdictions to build and strengthen relationships with NASA researchers. The RID has a three-year base period of performance with a potential one-year no cost extension. Awards are $125,000 per year. NASA intends to announce the RID opportunity every three to five years, pending funding availability.