ND NASA EPSCoR - Faculty Opp. - Notice Due 12.7.21

The following opportunity is open to ND faculty completing research relevant to NASA.

What: 2 minute “flash” research presentations w/ NASA Langley and NASA EPSCoR researchers  – Virtual Meeting

Who: ND Faculty completing NASA Relevant research are invited to attend and present.

Where: Virtual format

When: 2:00 – 3:30pm Central, Jan. 20, 2022


Faculty completing research relevant to NASA, specifically in one of the following 6 research areas, are invited to present at a collaborative meeting with NASA Langley researchers. The goal of this meeting is to increase collaborations between academic institution researchers and NASA researchers. There will be an in-person meeting at NASA Langley in June 2022 that the ND faculty may be invited to attend to further establish research connections.

6 Research Areas:

  1. Intelligent Flight Systems & Trusted Autonomy: Smart cities, automation, robotics
  2. Systems Analysis and Concepts: Air transportation system architectures and vehicle concepts
  3. Advanced Materials & Structural Systems: Advanced manufacturing
  4. Entry, Decent & Landing: Robotic mission entry vehicles
  5. Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheric Sciences: Air quality, properties of clouds, winds, aerosols, water vapor, trace gases, climate change
  6. Innovative Concepts for Earth and Space Science Measurements: LIDAR, spectroscopy, radiometry active remote sensing, advanced sensors and optical measurement


If a ND faculty member is interested in presenting at the Jan. 20, 2022 virtual event, email the following details to ND NASA EPSCoR Director, Caitlin Mileramilera@psace.edu  no later than Noon, Dec. 7, 2021.

  • Full name
  • Department
  • Institution
  • # of Research Area best aligned with your interests (#1-6)
  • Brief Description of Research, < 150 words
  • Goals of Collaborative Research with NASA Langley, < 150 words

NSF/NASA EPSCoR RII Track-4: Research Fellows Webinars

The NSF and NASA are hosting two standard informational webinars on the collaborative opportunity administered through the NSF’s EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-4 program.  The opportunity is designed to build research capacity and transform the career trajectories of early-career and non-tenured faculty.  We will be discussing the RII Track-4 vision, the traditional track, and the newly added NASA-specific track in detail.  EPSCoR leadership, university administrators, deans, department chairs, non-tenured and early-career faculty are all encouraged to register and attend the webinar.


  • Thurs, Dec. 9, 2021
  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST
  • Register here

The full registration link is https://forms.gle/FKqKnQTjdZMQsvRr7/  

For questions, please contact:

ND NASA EPSCoR CAN - Request for Pre-Proposals

In response to the NASA Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) EPSCoR Research Announcement Number: NNH22ZHA005C, the North Dakota NASA EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is soliciting pre-proposals from faculty at affiliate institutions specifically designed to promote and expand NASA research in North Dakota. Following preliminary proposal selection by ND NASA EPSCoR, the selected pre-proposal team will work directly with the ND NASA EPSCoR office to submit a full proposal to NASA via NSPIRES.

Pre-proposals are due Noon, 12/17/2021.

The full RFP, online submission form, and budget sheet can be found in the RFP announcement on the ND NASA EPSCoR website.

ND EPSCoR State Office Request for Proposals STEM Equipment/Equipment Repair

The ND EPSCoR State Office’s mission is to support efforts of participating institutions of higher education across the state that result in increased STEM faculty capacity and competitiveness; a stronger STEM pathway that produces our next-generation workforce, educators, and researchers; and an informed citizenry that values the STEM ecosystem and economy. Thus, the ND EPSCoR State Office is now accepting proposals to fund STEM activities at EPSCoR participating institutions: research universities (RUs; NDSU and UND), master’s college/university (MCU; Minot State University), primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs; Dickinson, Mayville, and Valley City State Universities), and the tribal colleges/universities (TCUs; Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and United Tribes Technical College). For more information, please see the Request for Proposals.

Due to ND EPSCoR State Office: Noon, December 9, 2021

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Focused EPSCoR Collaborations

RII Track-2 FEC builds interjurisdictional collaborative teams of EPSCoR investigators in STEM focus areas consistent with NSF priorities. Projects are investigator-driven and must include researchers from at least two EPSCoR eligible jurisdictions with complementary expertise and resources necessary to address challenges, which neither party could address as well or rapidly independently. The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research and education activities should seek to broaden participation through the strategic inclusion and integration of diverse individuals, institutions, and sectors throughout the project. Proposals must describe a comprehensive and integrated vision to drive discovery and build sustainable STEM capacity that exemplifies diversity of all types (individual, institutional, geographic, and disciplinary). The development of early-career faculty that are underrepresented in the chosen STEM field  and the integration and inclusion of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Primarily Undergraduate Instutitions (PUIs) and community colleges is a critical component of this sustainable STEM capacity. For FY 2022, RII Track-2 FEC proposals are invited on a single topic: “Advancing research towards industries of tomorrow to ensure economic growth for EPSCoR jurisdictions.”The current table of eligible jurisdictions is available on the NSF EPSCoR website (see RII eligibility). Review full program guidelines and learn how to submit a proposal in the latest solicitation, read the program solicitation.

Please check with your local sponsored programs office as each institution may have a different internal deadlines for this proposal.

Letter of intent required, deadline: December 20, 2021

Full proposal deadline: January 31, 2022

DEPSCoR Regional DoD Day

Congress recently re-established the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Program. The Department of Defense has asked the University of South Dakota to host a regional DEPSCoR DoD Day, where DoD program managers will provide information about the DEPSCoR program as well as general information about working with the DoD. The regional DEPSCoR Day will be in Spring 2022, in Vermillion, SD. For more information or to register for the event, please see here.

Program officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and other DoD representatives will participate in the meeting, which will cover the following topics:

  • How to work with the DoD, especially ARO, ONR, AFOSR
  • How to make connections with DoD program officers
  • How to pursue funding opportunities specific to DEPSCoR
  • How to pursue other programs within the Basic Research Office

EPSCoR Workshop Opportunities

Deadline: See solicitation from NSF

To promote scientific progress nationwide, NSF EPSCoR establishes partnerships that are designed to effect sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction's research infrastructure, research and development capacity, and hence, its R&D competitiveness. EPSCoR welcomes proposals for workshops from institutions within EPSCoR-eligible jurisdictions (Program Solicitation NSF 19-588). These workshops focus on multi-jurisdictional efforts of regional to national importance related to EPSCoR's goals and NSF's mission. For more information, please see the RFP at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19588/nsf19588.pdf