New Investigator Program


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.


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: RFP for FY18 opportunities will be released in late Spring 2018





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