Research Initiation Grants
The goal of the Research Initiation Grant program is to encourage, support, and facilitate the development and enhancement of NASA relevant science and engineering research within the state of Alaska. Proposed academic research projects must be aligned with new or continuing NASA research priorities and should have the potential to link Alaska faculty to NASA colleagues at Field Centers and/or Mission Directorates. Women, faculty from underrepresented groups, and early career faculty are especially encouraged to apply.
- Competition is open to full-time faculty members at an Affiliated Institution.
- Faculty must be U.S. citizens. Faculty who are not U.S. citizens may apply for the grant to supply salary or other support for students (who are U.S. citizens) working on the project.
- Proposals must be of a nationally competitive nature.
- Faculty must hold the rank of assistant professor, associate professor, professor, research associate, full-time faculty/instructor at a community college, or equivalent (adjunct faculty members and post doctoral fellows are not eligible).
- Grant requests can be made up to a maximum of $20,000 and must be matched 1:1 through non-federal funds.
- The award may not be used for page charges, international travel, tuition for special institutes or off-campus programs, or the purchase of equipment.
- Projects may begin in June and must be completed by the end of May of the following year. Any amount of money that remains unspent by the end of May of the following year will be relinquished.
Completed applications must be submitted in ONE pdf doc to the Alaska Space Grant Program office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the application deadline. You should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application within two business days, if you do not receive this confirmation please contact our office.