Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Notice of Funding Opportunity: NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

The NASA Rhode Island EPSCoR program is pleased to announce the recent release of the 2023 NASA EPSCoR Notice of Funding Opportunity (Research Award).

This EPSCoR award provides funding up to $750k over a period of 3 years, and our jurisdiction (Rhode Island) is able to submit 1 full proposal to NASA to be considered for funding. We are now accepting proposal concepts - not to exceed 2 pages, more information below - to aid in the selection of a project to move forward to the full proposal stage. Proposal concepts should be e-mailed to the NASA Rhode Island EPSCoR Director ( and Program Manager ( no later than September 14, 2022.

The due date for the full proposal is November 16, 2022, and per NASA requirements will be submitted by the current NASA EPSCoR Lead Institution (Brown University). The Rhode Island NASA EPSCoR director will work with the successful research team and their institution(s) to prepare and submit the full proposal. Full proposals are required to include a 50% cost share using non-federal dollars, and in-kind cost sharing is allowable.
The full proposal call is attached to this notification and can also be reviewed on the FY 2023 NASA Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF)

All interested parties throughout the state of Rhode Island are encouraged to submit proposal concepts. Research teams that involve multiple RI-based institutions, partnerships between academic institutions and local industry, and partnerships with NASA Centers are highly encouraged. Proposed research projects should be aligned with one or more of the goals outlined in the full proposal call (listed and described in Appendix A).

What to do if you are interested in this funding opportunity:

  • Submit a proposal concept paper by e-mail to the Director ( and Program Manager ( no later than September 14, 2022.
  • Proposal concepts should not exceed 2 pages
  • No formal budget is required at this stage, but proposals should briefly explain the anticipated cost-sharing strategy
  • Concepts must clearly describe how they are aligned with NASA goals and which specific objectives in Appendix A of the full proposal call the work will address
  • Concepts should indicate all institutions and NASA Centers that will take part in the proposed work

Any questions about this opportunity, proposal requirements, or other NASA EPSCoR funding opportunities should be directed to Ralph Milliken.