Cooperative Agreements will be awarded to the institution of the TN NASA EPSCoR/Space Grant Director. The NASA EPSCoR Director must therefore serve as the Principal Investigator for and manage the jurisdiction’s NASA EPSCoR project. The Tennessee Space Grant Consortium Director serves as Tennessee’s NASA EPSCoR Director.
The Tennessee NASA EPSCoR program, through the NASA Tennessee Space Grant Consortium, requests aerospace and space science research pre-proposals for the NASA EPSCoR program. Pre-proposals will be used to determine those proposals that will be fully developed in response to the call for proposals released by NASA in December, 2010.
Please refer to the attached solicitation for NASA EPSCoR goals and objectives that need to be addressed in submitted pre-proposals.
** Due date for pre-proposal submission is January 24, 2011**
1. Title Page: Project title, principal investigator and all co-investigators. Include the title/rank, unit/college, research role, contact information (mailing address, phone number and email address), and percentage of effort on the initiative for each individual listed. (1 page)
*Research Abstract (1/2 page)
*Description of the proposed research, including scientific/technical merit (2 pages)
*Outcomes and impact of research in the field, as well as clearly describing the benefits to NASA and the State of Tennessee (1/2 page)
*Relationship to NASA’s strategic goals as outlines in the attached solicitation. Include established collaborations with NASA researchers, engineers or scientists and planned interactions with researchers at Field Centers and/or Mission Directorates. (1 page)
*List of additional partnerships and a plan for sustainability beyond the NASA EPSCoR 3-year grant period (1/2 page)
*Three-year timeline of program implementation and assessment activities (1/2 page)
*Curriculum vitae for the lead investigator (2 pages) and each co-investigator (1 page each)
3.Budget and Budget Justification, including 50% non-federal matching. The total funds requested in the research proposal cannot exceed $750,000 over a three-year period. (no page limit)
The following restrictions exist on the use of federally-provided NASA EPSCoR funds:
*Award funds may not be used to fund research carried out by non-U.S. institutions. U.S. research award recipients may, however, directly purchase supplies and/or services that do not constitute research from non-U.S. sources. For additional guidance on foreign participation, see Section 1.6 of the NASA Guidebook for Proposers.
*Foreign travel to meetings and conferences in support of the jurisdiction’s NASA EPSCoR research project is an acceptable use of NASA EPSCoR funds, with an upper limit of $3,000 per trip for up to two separate years of a jurisdiction’s proposal (i.e. the maximum amount the jurisdiction can request for foreign travel is $3,000 total in any one year and a limit of $6,000 total each research proposal). Note that domestic travel does not have a limit. Domestic travel should be appropriate and reasonable to conduct the proposed research.
*NASA EPSCoR funding cannot be used to purchase general purpose equipment, e.g. desktop workstations, office furnishings, reproduction and printing equipment, etc., as a direct charge. Special purpose equipment purchases (i.e. equipment that is used only for research, scientific and technical activities directly related to the proposed research activities) are allowed and can be reflected as a direct charge.
Submissions should be single-spaced, 12-point font and have one-inch margins on all sides.
Pre-proposals will be evaluated by members of the Tennessee NASA EPSCoR Technical Advisory Committee, as well as by selected NASA personnel.
Priority will be give to proposals that:
*Demonstrate strong collaborative ties with NASA
*Contribute to Tennessee’s economic, research and technology priorities.
*Leverage existing researches demonstrating a high degree of commitment from units, e.g. new funds or redirection of current resources.
*Generate new resources that will allow for continuation and possible growth of the proposed activity.
After the January 24, 2011 deadline, pre-proposals will be reviewed and ranked. Investigators will then be notified of their status to submit to the NASA EPSCoR 2011 Call for Proposals. All full proposals submitted to the NASA EPSCoR 2011 Call for Proposals must be submitted through the Tennessee EPSCoR program in order to be eligible for funding consideration from NASA.
Submit an electronic copy (as a Word document or PDF file) of the pre-proposal to: al.strauss@vanderbilt and firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or require further information, please contact the Alvin Strauss or Ellie Weiss Rosenbloom at the email addresses above. Phone numbers are 615-322-2950 and 615-343-1148.
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