NASA Announces Multi-Million Dollar University Funding Initiative


Colleges and universities are struggling to balance their budgets these days with some forced to lay off workers, curtail class offerings or hike tuition at rates well above the usual cost of living increases. Fortunately, NASA is keeping with their plans to fund academic programs whereby 27 schools will conduct research and technology development in areas of importance to NASA’s mission, allowing schools to preserve or expand existing programs.

NASAA total of 27 proposals were selected from organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia with NASA agreeing to fund these programs to the tune of $19 million.

Advancing NASA’s Agenda With University Partners

NASA’s selections are part of the space agency’s NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, known as EPSCoR. The program is designed to assist states in establishing an academic research enterprise directed toward a long-term, self-sustaining and competitive capability that will contribute to its economic viability and development. The program helps develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions and industry. The selected proposals support all four of NASA’s mission directorates: aeronautics, exploration systems, science and space operations.

Two proposals were selected from each of the following colleges and universities:

  • New Mexico State University
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
  • University of Alabama In Huntsville
  • University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Vermont & State Agricultural College
  • Wichita State University, Kansas

One proposal was selected from each of the following organizations:

  • College of Charleston, South Carolina
  • Louisiana Board of Regents Foundation
  • Montana State University
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • University of Hawaii Systems
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Utah
  • Vanderbilt University
  • West Virginia University

NASA And University Funding Join Forces

Proposals were chosen through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition. The maximum award is $750,000 for a 3-year period. A one-to-one match of funds is required for every NASA dollar awarded.

This program and the agency’s other education programs support NASA’s commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, which will play a key role in preparing, inspiring, encouraging and nurturing the nation’s future workforce.

This past May, announced the winners of NASA’s lucrative scholarship program for the Fall 2010 academic year. Details for scholarship applicants for the 2011 academic year are expected to be announced in September; expects to share those details with our readers as well.

Source: NASA

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