NASA EPSCoR Research Announcement: Letter of Interest Deadline Extended

DATE:  September 20, 2013
TO: VPRs, Research Administrators (Please notify appropriate Deans and Dept. Chairs/Heads, Faculty)
ROM: Jerry Malayer, Director, Oklahoma EPSCoR
NASA EPSCoR Research Announcement (2nd Announcement)


Letter of Interest Deadline Extended: October 4, 2013

Program Description

NASA EPSCoR has announced that we may anticipate the release of a NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for the Research Implementation Competition sometime in Fall 2013.  While we do not yet have a firm date, preparation to respond to the CAN must begin now, as the proposal requires research collaboration among Oklahoma researchers, their counterparts at a NASA Center or Mission Directorate, and industry.

Researchers with previous or existing NASA Travel Grant and/or Research Initiation Grant funding are encouraged to submit a Letter of Interest to be considered for NASA Oklahoma EPSCoR sponsorship. However, all Letters of Interest will be considered.   A competitive process will be used to determine the final project for submission, with the State EPSCoR Advisory Committee making the determination, and the full proposal will likely be due to NASA on or around December 15, 2013.

Anticipated Amount of Award: $250,000 per year for three years; matching funds required.
Potential start date: Spring of 2014

Eligibility Information

Multi-Institutional Projects are encouraged.

Limit on the number of Letters of Interest per institution: None

NASA EPSCoR research priorities are defined by the Mission Directorates (Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science and Space Technology). Each Mission Directorate covers a major area of the Agency’s research and technology development efforts;

Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)   

Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

Research and technology development areas in HEOMD support launch vehicles, space communications, and the International Space Station.  Research is ongoing at all NASA centers.

Letter Content

The letter should contain:

  1. The title and description of the potential research including the NASA Mission Directorate and NASA scientist that has expressed interest in the project. Goals and objectives should be included in the letter which can be up to two full pages in length. Those interested in responding to this call are strongly encouraged to review the NASA EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement Notice from January 2013.  Special attention should be given to the review criteria listed on pages 22-26.   This solicitation can be found at: NASA EPSCoR Website and State EPSCoR Website.
  2. A list of the primary researchers and their institutions
  3. A two-page CV together with a list of current and pending support for the lead investigator, as well as any other anticipated key personnel.

Letters not conforming to above specifications will not be reviewed. If you have any questions, please contact either:

Dr. Jerry Malayer
Director, Oklahoma EPSCoR
415 Whitehurst
Phone: (405) 744-8085


Dr. Victoria Duca Snowden
Director, NASA Oklahoma EPSCoR
The University of Oklahoma
College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences
1623 Cross Center Drive, Suite 9
Norman, OK 73019
Phone: 405-325-6559
Fax: 405-325-5537

Proposal Submission Instructions and Due Dates

  • The letter of interest must be e-mailed to the NASA EPSCoR Office at
  • The letter of interest must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., October 4, 2013.