MS NASA EPSCoR

Mississippi NASA EPSCoR

Director:
Nathan Murray
nmurray@olemiss.edu
+1 (662) 915-3190

Program Coordinator:
Earnest Stephens
estephen@olemiss.edu
+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.

Solicitation Apply Online

NASA EPSCoR Research Implementation (RI)

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.

NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research (R3)

The NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) solicits proposals of two (2) to three (3) pages for the FY 2021 NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research (R3) program. Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposer shall work closely with a NASA researcher to focus on developing competitive research and technology for the solution of scientific and technical issues of importance to the NASA Mission Directorates (see Appendices A through I of the solicitation for more information). The Rapid Response Research (R3) program is an attempt to implement research within NASA and commercial partners to address technical issues. It 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, the commercial partners, and other entities. It is anticipated that approximately (20) awards of up to $100,000 each for a period of performance not to exceed one year each may be made under this cooperative agreement. Cost sharing is not required.

NASA EPSCoR ISS Flight Opportunity

The NASA Office of Education, in cooperation with the International Space Station (ISS) Research Office, solicits proposals for the NASA EPSCoR ISS Flight Opportunity. 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. This Cooperative Agreement Notice (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. Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to perform scientific and/or technical research in areas that support NASA’s strategic research and technology development priorities and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction receiving funding.

Active Research Programs

NASA EPSCoR Research Awards

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

NASA EPSCoR ISS Awards

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