New Investigator Program


RFP for FY18 opportunities will be released January 15, 2018 


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 $75,000 to provide between 4 to 6 awards in the New Investigator program category (maximum award $12,500), with a period of performance of 12 months (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018). Awards require a 100% cost-match of non-federal funds to awarded funds. In other words, if $12,500 is requested from the NC Space Grant, then $12,500 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. 


The competition is open to tenure track faculty at active NC Space Grant Affiliate member institutions. Awardees must be in the first five years of their academic career, 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) by February 24, 2017.  One complete single electronic file in PDF format is required by the on-line system.  Electronically submitted proposal must contain all required signatures.

Anticipated Award Announcement: April 17, 2017

Award Period: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 (12 months) (contingent upon NC Space Grant receipt of NASA funding)



North Carolina Space Grant is a NASA
sponosored program administered by
North Carolina State University.