Mississippi NASA EPSCoR

Nathan Murray
+1 (662) 915-3190

Program Coordinator:
Earnest Stephens
+1 (662) 915-1187

Funding Opportunities

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

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.

NASA EPSCoR Research Announcement (RA)

The NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) solicits research proposals through a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) 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 to the CAN.

White papers are currently being accepted. See details through the link below.

Solicitation - White Papers DUE 23 November 2021

NASA EPSCoR Sub-Orbital Flight Opportunity (SFO)

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM), in collaboration with the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Flight Opportunities (FO) program solicits proposals for the fiscal year 2022 NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program. This solicitation 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 flown in a suborbital environment. Mississippi is an eligible EPSCoR jurisdiction. 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 the Mission Directorates, and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities of higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction receiving funding.

Solicitation - White Papers DUE 1 November 2021

Active Research Programs

NASA EPSCoR Research Awards

Dr. Yu Lv

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. Shanti Bhushan

High-Fidelity Loci-CHEM Simulations for Acoustic Wave Propagation and Vibration
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
MSU Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
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