Research Initiation Grants (RIG)


Program Description
  • Two Competitively Selected RIG Awards selected by NASA Oklahoma EPSCoR Committee
  • $36,000 award
  • Funds to forge research collaboration with counterparts at NASA Centers and NASA Mission Directorates
  • Research must align with
  • Funds intended to support Post Doctoral researchers, Graduate Assistants, Undergraduate Assistants, materials and supplies and travel to NASA Centers for extended research visits
  • Proposals Due: September 22, 2017
  • Awards Announced: October 9, 2017
  • Period of Performance: November 1, 2017 – May 18, 2018
  • Research Report Due: June 1, 2018

  • RIG grants are intended to initiate new  research collaborations with NASA, and to prepare researchers to propose to the much larger and longer-term Research Implementation grants.   To be eligible for a RIG, an applicant must have:

  • The proposed effort should not be an extension of any existing or past funded collaboration.  It should be new.

  • Been awarded an Oklahoma NASA EPSCoR Travel Grant within the last 5 years, to visit specifically the group or
person that will be the proposed NASA collaborator on the proposed RIG.  If an applicant had a travel grant within the last 5 years, but that grant was to visit a different person or group within NASA, that applicant is not eligible for a RIG.

Exception: An applicant my be eligible for a RIG grant without first receiving a Travel Grant, if all the conditions of item 1 above have been met, but the funding was provided by another source.

Review Criteria
Research Proposed:
Scientific and technical merit (25 points)
Relevance to NASA (25 points)

Relevance to Oklahoma (15 points)

Budget and Justification (15 points)

NASA Contact Letter - should reflect strong support for research collaboration from a NASA contact (15 points)

PI Vitae (5 points)

Total Score (100 points)


**Applicants must have previously been awarded a NASA Oklahoma EPSCoR Travel Grant**

**All travel must be domestic only. Research Initiation Grant funds may not be used for international travel**

**Only proposals utilizing the provided linked forms will be reviewed**

**Permanent equipment and faculty salaries may not be included in the budget**

** No IDC may be charged**

Proposal Submission

A single PDF document consisting of the following items should be submitted no later than close of business September 22, 2017 to oksg.epscor@ou.edu

  • A cover/application page (not included in page count): PDF
  • A research proposal limited to five pages of text.
  • A budget with a justification for each line item (not included in page count):   PDF
  • A two page vitae of the Principal Investigator (not included in page count)
  • A letter of support and a commitment to collaborate from a NASA Center counterpart (not included in page count).

NASA Mission Directorates