Requests for Proposals :: ND NASA
EPSCoR Supplemental Information :: Main
SUPPORT, RESEARCH SUPPORT, STUDENT SUPPORT
ADDITIONAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION
available: Approximately $125,000
for submittal of proposals to ND NASA EPSCoR
October 5, 2004
of the goals of ND NASA EPSCoR (NDNEP) is to help ND investigators become
more competitive in the external funding process. Part of the process
involves helping you to write strong proposals that will be competitive.
While we do not expect you to write a full proposal, the structure and
elements of such a proposal should be followed as appropriate. Below
are some general guidelines that will help you propose to ND NASA EPSCoR.
Always read the RFP carefully and it is always best to consult the EPSCoR
office (Carla Kellner, 701 777 2492) or the program director (Shan de
Silva, 701 777 3558; firstname.lastname@example.org)
before submitting a proposal.
have a signed University Proposal Transmittal Form (NDSU) or University
Transmittal Form (UND) with the required signatures. Failure to
follow these submission requirements will result in your proposal
being returned without consideration.
have a Cover page that lists A) title, B) principal investigator
and their mailing address, phone number, email address, C) type
of award being requested and amount, and D) statement that PI has/has
not received North Dakota NASA EPSCoR funding since 1 July 2002,
and E) proposed start and end dates (no later than 15 July 2005).
All seed proposals should include the following in
the order listed (consult the NASA EPSCoR office for clarification as
Travel and stand alone Student Research awards may not require all these
Statement of results and progress from prior NDNEP funding
the previous NDNEP grants for the last 3 years and explain what has
been done with the money and any resulting publications and grant proposals
submitted and funded.
strong proposal requires a well reasoned and supported technical case
that is clearly aligned with NASA needs/mission.
outright what the purpose and scope of the project is, and give a
strong rationale for why this is of interest to NASA and ND NASA EPSCoR.
Clear alignment of the proposed research with a particular area of
NASA research focus, RFP, or stated needs/emphasis is expected.
Include sufficient background information on the problem for the reviewers
to understand the previous work in this area and the context for the
study. Present a technical narrative of the proposal. This should
be aimed at the peers in your discipline.
Design and describe a clear methodology to address the technical issues.
Cite sources and present a list of References Cited.
Show collaboration with NASA
an explanation of how this award will make the PI more competitive
for future, non-EPSCoR funding (see G below)
must show a link to a NASA center and/or enterprise. All proposals
must build on an existing collaboration, or seek to develop
collaboration with NASA personnel and establish collaborative
how the proposed research impacts the stated ND NASA EPSCoR
goals of enhancing the research infrastructure in North Dakota.
NDNEPS funds must be expended by July 15th of the fiscal year. Always
check the RFP. Design a project that is consistent with this time frame.
Personnel and Work Plan
Provide a detailed work plan and time table that is consistent with
the objectives of the project and fits within the funding period. Identify
the roles of the investigators. Explain how the time will be spent.
What will you do and when will you do the work? If you intend to travel
show how the travel is related to this project.
roles should be clearly identified and should be more than just “assisting
a PI with research”. Significant student roles in projects are
Equipment and supplies
may be proposed for if it can be clearly demonstrated that these will
contribute to research.
Equipment is not allowed.
Explain what other resources you already have available for research,
the infrastructure that your request is to be a part of, and how this
enhances the existing resources.
the proposal is for travel only, explain how the proposed travel will
help the PI develop their research. Explain why the travel is necessary.
Give sufficient details about the purpose of the trip and show some
correspondence with your contact. No foreign travel support is available.
Provide a detailed breakout of costs; duration, airfare, per diem, lodging,
car rental etc.
Plan for future proposals
should be a clear plan for seeking non-EPSCoR funding. Identify NRA’s,
RFP’s specifically. If you are going to submit a non-solicited
proposal then show that you have contacted the program manager of the
program of interest and that they have encouraged you to apply to their
solicitation. Show that the focus of your work is consistent with the
program you have identified.
The background and capabilities of the PI and Co-PI's
key capabilities do the major personnel have in the subject of the proposal
and what is their track record in research and publications germane
to this project? If you are proposing to explore a new area, you will
have to convince the reviewers that you can legitimately compete in
the new area. This should be in narrative form and clearly identify
the work that relates to this proposal and be supported by the Bio(s).
to H should typically be no more than 6 pages.
PI should include a biographical sketch that includes their professional
experiences and positions and a bibliography of up to 5 publications
relevant to the project and a separate list of 5 other recent publications.
1 – 2 pages.
A one–page vitae for each co-PI should be included.
Budget Summary and Budget details/justification
should include a Budget Summary (available on the ND NASA EPSCoR web
page). The proposed budget should not start before the project start
date, and the requested project start date must not begin until 4
weeks after the proposal submittal date.
details/justification should include a breakdown and detailed explanation
and justification of each of the items.
may be provided by cash or in-kind contributions. We expect most match
will be composed of state-appropriated salary, and tuition waivers.
Successful proposals will detail source and amount of matching funds.
Note that for a $10,000 project with a 1:4 match of the total project
costs, the PI will identify $2,000 in match and NASA EPSCoR will provide
Costs - Please contact your institutions grant officer regarding indirect
Current and pending research support
currently active grants or pending grants and provide the following
information: 1) Project title; 2) Duration; 3) Funding source/agency;
4) Amount received/requested; 5) PI effort charged to grant. Explain
other requests that have been made or are being planned for the same
project or travel.
you have collaborations with relevant industry, NASA, or academic groups
or individuals, include letters of collaboration/interest from your
collaborators. Even for Seed Grants you should have at least identified
and at least communicated with likely collaborators before the proposal
received by North Dakota NASA EPSCoR and whose total budget is less
than $7500 are usually reviewed by the ND NASA EPSCoR Director. Proposals
received for larger amounts will undergo additional external review.
proposals require NASA collaboration with NASA personnel, Field Centers,
and Enterprises. Favourable review will be given to proposals that involve
students, clearly show collaboration with NASA Field Centers and Enterprises,
and which identify non-EPSCoR funding opportunities to continue the
research of the PI and/or non-EPSCoR funding opportunities that will
be solicited as a result of the award. Additional evaluation criteria
include the results of prior funding, relevance of proposed activities
to research of interest to NASA, and the scientific and technical merits
of proposed activities.
Dakota NASA EPSCoR anticipates that similar funding will be available
in outlying years, contingent upon receipt of additional federal funds.
Future award evaluation criteria will also include successful completion
of previous reporting requirements.
awards will help North Dakota researchers collaborate with other researchers
(at other universities, NASA Centers, or NASA contractors), present
research results at meetings, and other reasons which support NASA-related
research in North Dakota (including bringing in non-Federal employees
for seminars or research consultation, and student travel to conduct
research at NASA facilities). The required PI:EPSCoR match is 1:4. A
one page end-of-award report will be required prior to travel award
reimbursement. No salary or stipend is associated with these awards.
awards will give North Dakota researchers initial funding to explore
areas of NASA-relevant research. These awards require collaboration
with NASA personnel or facilities and should be used to make their NASA
relevant research competitive for non-EPSCoR funding. Awards may be
used for any part of project initiation including salary, travel, supplies,
and equipment. The expected outcome of these awards is a full research
proposal to NASA or other major funding agency. The required PI:EPSCoR
match is 1:4.
awards for faculty from Baccalaureate Institutions provide upto $7500
per award (maximum of 4 awards) to help expand the NASA-related research
infrastructure across North Dakota. These awards are to build collaborations
with faculty at University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University
and with NASA centers. The required outcome of this funding is a collaborative
project that will compete for one of the seed awards and/or for external
funding. Funds can be used for salary, travel, and supplies. The required
PI:EPSCoR match is 1:4.
Student research fellowships are designed to involve graduate students
in NASA relevant research so that they may mature into the workforce
that will best support future NASA needs. Student research awards can
be combined with seed grants, or they can be stand-alone awards. Awards
should be used primarily for Graduate Research Assistantship funding
to support graduate student research. Significant student involvement
in NASA collaborations will be expected. GRA’s must be matched
by a tuition waiver. Only US Citizens are eligible for these fellowships.
Dakota EPSCoR : http://www.ndepscor.nodak.edu/