Proposals will be accepted through February 5, 2014. (Extended due to inclement weather)


The New Investigators Program is designed to strengthen North Carolina's aerospace-related research infrastructure by providing startup funding to early career university faculty who are conducting research that is directly aligned with NASA's Strategic Framework.

NC Space Grant has allocated a total of $30,000 to provide between 2 to 6 awards in the New Investigator program category, with a period of performance of 10 months (April 1, 2014 to February 1, 2015). Awards require a 50% cost-match of non-federal funds to awarded funds. In other words, if $10,000 is requested from the NC Space Grant, then $5,000 must be provided as cost-match. Note that indirect costs may not be charged for this award; however, they may be included as un-recovered IDC costs as part of the match requirement.


Competition is open to individuals at active NC Space Grant university member institutions. Individuals must be qualified to serve as a principal investigator at their respective institution and be U.S. citizens. Permanent residents, foreign nationals and resident aliens may apply for funding but with budget restrictions (see Program Announcement).

NC Space Grant encourages proposals from females, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities. Submission is limited to one proposal per investigator; an investigator may receive only one NC Space Grant New Investigator program award.

Time Line

Program Announcement: Download Request for Proposals

Proposal Submission and Deadline: Proposals must be submitted online (see RFP for link) by 5:00 PM (EST) on February 5, 2014. **Extension from original due date of 2/3/14 in the RFP**

Original Hardcopy Submission and Deadline: The original proposal with all required university signatures must arrive at NC Space Grant by February 7, 2014. Late or incomplete submissions may not be considered. Hard copy submissions should be sent via FedEx or UPS to:

Dr. Chris Brown, Director
North Carolina Space Grant
NCSU - Engineering Building III
911 Oval Drive, Room 3002
Raleigh, NC 27606

Anticipated Award Announcement: March 31, 2014
Award Period: April 1, 2014 to February 1, 2015 (10 months) (contingent upon NC Space Grant receipt of NASA funding)