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Research Infrastructure Development (RID)

Photo by 2015 Research Initiation Grant PI Dr. James Wilking. Dr. Wilking’s work, in conjunction with NASA Johnson Space Center researchers, is to better characterize biofilms in human space water recovery systems. Left: Bacterial biofilm grown on a petri dish. Right: Microscopy image of biofilm structure. Bacteria (green) densely packed in a polymer gel (not visible).

The Montana RID award’s goal is to boost the research programs of Montana college and university faculty research in areas that match scientific and technical problems of importance to NASA to a new level of national prominence, enabling them to compete successfully for regular NASA research funding.

RID Opportunities An initial step on the ladder of NASA-related research opportunities available to Montana faculty since 2011 is our NASA EPSCoR Faculty Connections Program. The purpose of the Faculty Connections Program is to lay a foundation for long-term NASA relationships by creating opportunities for deeply meaningful visits to NASA centers by Montana faculty who are interested in fostering NASA-related research on their home campus. General travel for faculty, postdocs, and students to explore and develop collaborations with NASA researchers at Centers and at NASA-related conferences is also available and is a cornerstone of the RID program.

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NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

Farther up the ladder are Research Initiation Grants, intended to help new or transitioning faculty at Montana colleges and universities develop nationally competitive research programs in fields related to space sciences and engineering. Grants are for a period of one year and all grantees are expected to submit a follow-on proposal to NASA, other agencies, or industry. Proposals are reviewed by an internal panel comprised of faculty representatives from several campuses with expertise in a variety of technical fields and strong previous involvement with NASA programs. The review panel ranks the proposals according to: 1) scientific/Engineering impact, 2) NASA connection, 3) technical feasibility, 4) broader impacts such as state research infrastructure and economic development, 5) suitability of the proposed research team and 6) probability of the work resulting in further NASA funding While past participation in the higher rung Research Initiation Grants has primarily been at the larger research institutions, a current and ongoing priority is to increase the involvement of Montana’s smaller schools, particularly the Tribal Colleges.

EPSCoR Stimuli 2014-15  

NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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