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FY22 EPSCoR International Space Station (ISS) Flight Opportunity


The NASA EPSCoR Program has announced the release of a new solicitation titled “International Space Station (ISS) Flight Opportunity” for FY2022. This CAN is for current or previously funded EPSCoR projects or other research projects that are mature enough to design a research experiment or develop research experimental hardware to the point that it can be safely flown on the ISS.  The funding for each award is $100,000 over a three-year period of performance. 

There is no requirement that Science/Co 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.  All submissions for this CAN must be submitted through our office, as per the solicitation requirements, with the Director (Dr. Dale Thomas) as the PI and the lead investigator as the Science-I and any other co-investigators. The PI, Dr. Thomas, requires a budget to cover management costs/lead institution F&A of $20K.  The Science-I/Co-I's should propose for $80K (will be sent to your university as a sub-contract).  Please route all proposals through your university’s Office of Sponsored Programs.
We are only allowed one submittal per jurisdiction. If we receive more than one proposal, we will conduct a down-selection process.  Each campus is only allowed to submit one proposal.

Timeline for ISS proposals:  
Proposals with supporting documents are due to the Alabama NASA EPSCoR Program Office by December 13, 2021.  

  • If a downselect has to take place, an announcement will be made on the selected proposal moving forward with a submission by December 20, 2021.
  • The selected team will have until January 3, 2022 to make any finishing updates to proposal.
  • Proposals will be submitted to NASA via NSPIRES by January 14, 2022.

Here are the required sections of the proposal:

- Proposal Summary/abstract (limited to 4,000 characters)
- Data Management Plan (limited to 4,000 characters)
- Table of Contents (as needed)
- Scientific/Technical/Management Plan (limited to 15 pages)
- References/citations (as needed)
- Biographical Sketch for the Science Investigator (limited to 2 pages)
- Biographical Sketches for the Co-Investigators (limited to 1 page)
- Current and Pending Support (as needed)
- Statements of Commitment and Letters of Support (as needed)
- 3-year budget, $80,000 maximum (cost share is NOT required, but is allowed).
- Budget Narrative (as needed)
- Facilities and Equipment (as needed)
- Special Notifications and/or Certifications (as needed)

Send submissions to Brooke Graham at brooke.graham@uah.edu.