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Research Mini-Grants


Downloads: Proposal ApplicationBudget Form, & Review Rubric

This competition is for NASA Nebraska Space Grant Research funds only; a separate EPSCoR Research Mini-Grant Competition for 2016/2017 funds will be announced at a later date.

Funding Period
The anticipated funding period is August 1, 2016 - April 30, 2017. It is important to note that requests for extensions beyond this funding period may not be allowed.

NASA Space Grant Research Mini-Grants
The Space Grant Research Mini-Grant program (different than the NASA Nebraska EPSCoR Research Mini-grant program) provides small NASA and aerospace-related research grants to Nebraska researchers interested in further developing ties with NASA scientists and conducting research important to NASA. There are two goals of the Space Grant Research Mini-grant program: 1) To elevate the aerospace-related research being conducted in Nebraska for future infrastructure building and workforce development opportunities; and 2) To result in future proposals to NASA and/or other federal, state, or private organizations for funding.

Mini-grants are not intended to be sustaining funding; rather they are intended to support a project or program for one year, allowing the project or program to grow and obtain more permanent funding elsewhere. Funding for non-NASA or non-aerospace related projects is not supported by the program at this time.

Faculty and staff at participating NASA Nebraska Space Grant college and university affiliates are eligible to apply for Research Mini-Grants. Graduate students pursuing thesis or dissertation research at these participating affiliates may apply through the Fellowship program.

Funding Limits
Applicants may request NASA support in an amount no greater than:

  • $10,000 if the project has a well-established NASA collaboration. This collaboration must be documented in the respective section of the application. 
  • $5,000 if the project has direct application to NASA and a well-developed plan for establishing a NASA collaboration. This collaboration plan must be documented in the NASA Collaboration section of the application. Subsequent funding will be based on the ability of the applicant to establish such a collaboration. 
  • Applicants without a NASA collaboration, or plans to establish a collaboration will not be considered for funding.