Mississippi NASA EPSCoR

Nathan Murray
+1 (662) 915-3190

Assitant Director:
Earnest Stephens
+1 (662) 915-1187

Program Specialist:
Whitney Jackson

Funding Opportunities

NASA EPSCoR Research Opportunity

The NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) solicits research proposals through a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) addressing high-priority NASA research and technology development needs. Awards are up to $750,000 for a three-year performance period. The Mississippi NASA EPSCoR Director, with oversight from the Mississippi Research Consortium (MRC), runs a statewide pre-proposal competition to identify the most relevant and competitive proposal for submission.

Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Grants

The Mississippi NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Program provides research initiation seed grants aimed at strengthening Mississippi’s research competitiveness.

Proposals are being accepted through 7 June 2024. See details through the links below.

Solicitation Apply Online

NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research (R3) Opportunity

The goals of R3 program are to provide a streamlined method to address research issues important to NASA, and to enable NASA EPSCoR researchers to work with NASA to solve research issues impacting the Agency’s programs/missions. The Rapid Response Research (R3) program is an attempt to implement research within NASA and commercial partners to address technical issues. This opportunity will allow EPSCoR researchers to work alongside NASA and commercial partners for up to one year and is intended to strengthen the bonds among EPSCoR jurisdictions, NASA, commercial partners, and other entities. Proposals must directly respond to a single Research Focus Area as defined in the solicitation. The recent list of Research Focus Areas is available in the full NASA solicitation here.

Interested researchers must submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) no later than 13 November 2023 using the link below. This NOI submission is a simple InfoReady form to notify the MS NASA EPSCoR Director, Nathan Murray, that a Science Investigator wants to propose. This will allow coordination of all interests. No budget information is required for the NOI.

Anticipate Notice of Intent (NOI) submission for FY25 will be in early October 2024.

NASA EPSCoR Internation Space Station (ISS) Flight Opportunity

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement (OSTEM), in cooperation with the International Space Station (ISS) Research Office, Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD), Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD), Science Mission Directorates (SMD), Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), and NASA’s nine Centers, plus NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), solicits proposals for the NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) International Space Station (ISS) Flight Opportunity. Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of NASA’s Mission Directorates, and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction receiving funding.

Each selected NASA EPSCoR flight project shall perform scientific and/or technical research in areas that support NASA’s strategic research and technology development priorities. Proposals shall emphasize how a flight in microgravity will influence/improve the results/quality of any ground-based research.

NASA EPSCoR Sub-Orbital Flight Opportunity (SFO)

Travel/Interaction Grants

The Mississippi NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Program provides travel/interaction grants to promote the development of research infrastructure and the development of partnerships between NASA research assets and those of the jurisdiction.

The solicitation is open, and proposals will be accepted at any time through 30 April 2022. Awards are up to $1,750 per request to support travel/interactions that seek to develop new relationships with NASA scientists and engineers at the Mission Directorates and/or Field Centers. The travel/activity must be completed no later than 5/31/2022. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, researchers may opt to propose virtual meetings, technical interchange sessions, mini-workshops, or other means of interaction in lieu of travel.

Solicitation Apply Online

Active Research Programs

NASA EPSCoR Research Awards

Dr. Padmanava Dash

Development of an Improved Visualization Tool for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Mississippi Sound Coastal Waters using Integrated NASA Satellite and Novel Autonomous Surface Vessel Collected Field Datasets
Dept. of Geosciences
Mississippi State University

Dr. Shanti Bhushan

A Loci-based High-Order Production Solver for Aerothermochemical Modeling of Hypersonic Entry Systems on Modern Heterogeneous Supercomputers
Dept. of Aerospace Engineering
Mississippi State University


Dr. Ahmed Al-Ostaz

Utilizing ISS as a Test Bed to Validate the Performance of Nano-Enhanced Polymers Subjected to Atomic Oxygen and/or Hypervelocity Impact
Dept. of Civil Engineering
University of Mississippi

Dr. Patrick Curtis

Assessment of Whole Genome Fitness of Bacteria Under Microgravity
Dept. of Biology
University of Mississippi

Dr. Likun Zhang

Acoustic Tractor Beams to Manipulate Fluids in Reduced Gravity
Dept. of Physics
University of Mississippi

Research Infrastructure Development Awards

Dr. Shan Jiang
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
University of Mississippi
A Particle-Based Numerical Framework for Continuum-Level Modeling and Simulation of Titanium Alloys in In-Space Additive Manufacturing

Dr. Yucheng Liu
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Mississippi State University
Development of a Phase Field Model to Simulate Microstructural Evolution in Metal Foaming Process

Dr. Prashant Singh
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Mississippi State University
Advancement of Experimental and Computational Tools for Turbulent Heat Transfer in Propulsion System Swirling Flows