2014-2015 Research Seed Grants
Request for Proposals
Submittal Deadline: March 6, 2014
April 11, 2014
The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) Research Infrastructure Program is
designed to provide support to faculty and research staff from the WSGC
universities and colleges seeking to initiate a new space-related research
program. This year the awards will provide
stipends for students to participate in faculty- or research staff-led research
developing space science, aerospace, and space-related research infrastructure.
STEM education research is also
considered relevant to this solicitation.
This year’s solicitation focuses on the following priority
1. Serving Groups Traditionally Underrepresented in STEM
Increase the number of individuals from underrepresented
groups that graduate with STEM degrees.
Undergraduate STEM Education –
Improve retention rates, including among groups traditionally underrepresented,
in STEM majors during the first two years of undergraduate education. (Page 17
of the Co-STEM Report)
Successful proposals will combine a robust, relevant
research project with a plan that fully integrates students into meaningful,
high-caliber, significant research experiences, from 10 weeks to a full year or
academic year, culminating in a presentation of their work at the annual
WSGC Space Conference. Preference will be given to
proposals that demonstrate robust recruitment of students in groups
traditionally underrepresented in NASA-related disciplines. Proposals may
consider programs such as the Research Experience for Undergraduates program as
a model for the types of experiences expected from successful proposals.
Current & Past Award Recipients
Faculty Research Seed Grant and Proposal Writing grants will provide up to a
$20,000* award per year. Second year funding may be possible, but a new proposal
will need to be submitted that describes the progress made toward achieving the
program goals. Awards will be based on the proposal topic, quality, credentials
of the investigator(s), the quality of research experience for participating
students, high participation of students and/or faculty traditionally
underrepresented in aerospace fields, the probability of success in developing
space- or STEM education-related research infrastructure, and specific plans on
how this seed funding will help to build this research program.
*Based on availability of funds. WSGC will not fund overhead, however, it may
be counted as institutional match.
and funded students must be U.S. Citizens
and research staff at all WSGC
universities and colleges and staff at WSGC industrial affiliates are eligible.
Proposing faculty may partner with WSGC members; if partnerships with non-WSGC
members are proposed, only WSGC members may receive funding.
university/industry teams in all areas of research will be considered; however,
research initiatives must focus on NASA-related activities including: earth and
atmospheric sciences, astronautics, aeronautics, space sciences, and any other
space-related fields (e.g.; agriculture, business, law, medicine, nursing,
social and behavioral sciences, and space architecture).
Consortium especially encourages applications from women, minorities and persons
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The Consortium is especially interested in applications that:
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- emphasize new lines of space- or STEM education- related research
- Provide meaningful research experiences to first- and second- year
undergraduates, especially those belonging to groups traditionally
underrepresented in aerospace fields
- increase research capability and build
initiate research opportunities in line with the NASA Mission
enhance research collaborations, mentorships, and other
opportunities with NASA Centers
- establish collaborations among faculty from liberal arts colleges
with faculty from research-intensive doctoral universities, Wisconsin aerospace
industries, and NASA Centers
implement research activities linking academic
and industrial affiliates, including workshops, seminars, internships, data
transfer, and technology transfer.
Questions about Research Infrastructure, contact:
Associate Director for Research Infrastructure
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601