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Faculty Research Grant

Grants to Connecticut Faculty at Eligible Universities to
Support Research Projects in Aerospace and Space Science

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Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC)

Deadline Date:

10/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Connecticut faculty at eligible institutions to pursue research projects in the areas of space science, aeronautics, space technology, and the human exploration of space. Priority will be given to collaborations, research that involves students, and early-career applicants.

To encourage faculty participation in research in areas related to the mission of NASA at Connecticut Space Grant Consortium member institutions, the Consortium will award faculty research grants during the program year. Research grants are available to support faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellow, and students in research pursuits.

NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC) is one of 52 state-based, university-led Space Grant Consortia funded by NASA Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM) to develop and implement student fellowship and scholarship programs, interdisciplinary space-related research infrastructure, education, and public service programs; and cooperative initiatives with industry, research laboratories, and state, local and other governments. Space Grant operates at the intersection of NASA’s interest as implemented by alignment with the Mission Directorates and NASA CTSG’s interests. Although it is primarily a higher education program, Space Grant programs should encompass the entire length of the education pipeline, including elementary/secondary and informal education. NASA CTSGC is a Capability Enhancement Consortium. 

Preference will be given to applicants who 1) are non-tenured and/or early career, 2) who use these funds as seed money, 3) who collaborate with other Consortium members (within Connecticut), and 4) whose research involves/supports students.

A proposal must demonstrate a link between the proposal work and one of NASA’s Mission Directorates. They are Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science, and Space Technology.

The budget may include items such as technician and support staff salaries, summer salaries, student stipends, fringe benefits, supplies, and materials. Faculty/staff salary and stipend (including fringe/benefits) may not exceed 50% of the award amount.

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GrantWatch ID#: 162058

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Award amount: Up to $2,000

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Awards may be for a single semester, full academic year, and/or summer-time periods, up to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Full-time Faculty at Consortium Member Institutions are eligible to apply. Post-doctoral Fellows, full-time research staff, and associates are also eligible to apply with support of full-time faculty. Part-time faculty and/or Adjunct faculty may be faculty advisors for student research, projects, or Community College Quadcopter teams with support of full-time faculty. A foreign national may receive payment through a NASA award while employed full-time at a U.S. institution of higher education. Students hired for a project must be a U.S. citizen.

Applications will not be accepted from applicants who received a Faculty Research Grant, or a STEM
Education Research Grant from NASA CTSGC during the prior academic year. Please note, NASA CTSGC
defines an academic year as beginning on or about September 1st and ending on or about August 31st.

NASA CTSGC funds may not be used for equipment purchases.

No indirect costs may be charged to the NASA Grant, however, indirect charges may be included within the matching contributions.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Awards Announced: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

If you are considering applying for a NASA CTSGC funding, you should contact your Campus Director as far in advance as possible to review the application process, and the steps that should be followed for a successful application submission.

Faculty who respond must show a 1:1 Non-Federal cost match ratio within their budgets. For example, if you are responding to a $10,000 research grant, your budget needs to show $20,000 with a $10,000 match (funds not supplied by the federal government) and $10,000 supplied by the Consortium. Evidence of your institution’s agreement to this match should be included within your proposal. Please be sure to contact the appropriate grants office within your institution before submitting your proposal; institutional office approval isrequired on your application.

Funds will be available upon successful completion of a subaward to the master agreement between the grant awardee’s institution and the University of Hartford, and then will be paid to grant awardee’s institution to be distributed according to its policies related to faculty grants. Final payment will be made upon submission of all post-award reporting. Details will be conveyed within the award agreement

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Form 1: Applicant Contact/Demographic Information:

Mrs. Janet Spatcher, Program Manager

NASA CT Space Grant
University of Hartford, 203 Dana Hall
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

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