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Research Infrastructure Program
Request for Proposals 2014-2015

Submittal Deadline:   February 13, 2014
Award Announcements:
  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 research program, and from WSGC industrial affiliates to establish a space-related research program. The awards provide faculty and research staff support for a variety of activities related to developing space science, aerospace, and space-related research infrastructure.

Current & Past Award Recipients

Faculty Research Seed Grant and Proposal Writing grants will awarded up to a $5,000* award per year. Second year funding is possible, but a new proposal will need to be submitted that describes the progress made toward achieving the program goals. Other Research Initiative awards to support infrastructure development or collaborations will be made up to $1,000.* Awards will be based on the proposal topic, quality, credentials of the investigator(s), the probability of success in developing space-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. A 1:1 match is required.


·       U.S. Citizen

·    Faculty and research staff at all WSGC universities and colleges and staff at WSGC industrial affiliates are eligible.

·    Faculty on 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).

·    The Consortium especially encourages applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities.

·    For more information on NASA Directorates, see

Awards will be made in the following categories: (1) modest grants for Faculty Research Seed Grants and/or Faculty Proposal Writing; and (2) smaller grants for other types of Research Initiatives such as seminars, workshops, and/or travel to NASA Centers.

The Consortium is especially interested in applications that:

  • emphasize new lines of space-related research
  • increase research capability
  • build research infrastructure
  • establish research collaborations
  • initiate research opportunities in line with the NASA Mission Directorates
  • coordinate efforts with other NASA programs like the JOVE Program, Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, Graduate Student Researchers Program, and NASA Office of Equal Opportunity programs
  • 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.
Before applying, please read the Additional Requirements.

To Apply: Application Form

For instructions on applying, please read the Research Infrastructure Application Instructions

Questions about Research Infrastructure, contact:
Gubbi Sudhakaran
Associate Director for Research Infrastructure
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Professor and Chair, Department of Physics
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: 608-785-8431
Fax: 608-785-8403