Program Status: Closed
Program type(s): Faculty Research,


The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program was established by Congress under Title II of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 1988. Today, the 52 Space Grant Consortia include over 1,000 affiliates from universities, colleges, industry, museums, science centers and state and local government agencies.

NASA/North Carolina Space Grant (NC Space Grant) is a state-federal partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and institutions of higher education across the State of North Carolina that promote, develop, and support aeronautics and space-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and training. These institutions work together to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing STEM education, research and public outreach efforts.

NC Space Grant has been administered at NC State University since 1991 and has provided consistent leadership in strengthening connections with NASA’s research, technology and science missions. The program’s mission is to promote, develop and support STEM education and workforce development opportunities for students and faculty across North Carolina.

Programs are conducted in areas of fellowships, scholarships, education, research and public service to promote, develop and support aeronautics and space-related science, engineering and technology training and programs. A common focus is to involve women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities and to reach more citizens of North Carolina.

Dr. Zhen Zhu of East Carolina University investigated Stochastic Modeling of Coastal Environment Using Remote Sensing and Autonomous Vehicles. His work involved 6 undergraduate and 2 graduate students to participate in UAV data collection and outreach activities.


The Faculty Research Grant is designed to strengthen North Carolina’s research infrastructure by providing startup funding to early career college and university faculty who are conducting research that is directly aligned with NASA’s mission. NASA’s research interests embrace a wide range of science, engineering, computational and other disciplines. This opportunity is available to those who have yet to become established researchers. Awardees must be tenure-track faculty who are within the first five years of their academic careers

Award Level

NC Space Grant has allocated a total of $80,000 to provide between 4-5 awards ($20,000 maximum award) in the New Investigator program category, with a period of performance of 10 months (July 1, 2019 – May 1 2020). Proposing faculty are required to provide 50% cost-matching (0.5:1) using non-federal funds. In other words, if $20,000 is requested from NC Space Grant then $10,000 must be provided as match. Facilities and Administrative (F&A, or overhead) costs are not allowed. Even though indirect costs may not be charged, they may be included as unrecovered IDC costs as part of the match requirement. All NC Space Grant-supported projects are subject to online annual progress reports and submission of a written final project report.

How to Apply

The application system is now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

This solicitation is open to faculty members from any 4-year accredited college or university in the State of North Carolina within the first five years of their initial academic career. Awardees must 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 Section 4.F. Budget and Budget Narrative). Any student(s) supported with award funds must also be a U.S. citizen(s).

Submission is limited to one proposal per Principal Investigator. An investigator may receive only one NC Space Grant Faculty Research Grant award in his/her academic career. NC Space Grant encourages proposals from females and underrepresented minority groups.

Request for Proposals

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Point of Contact

Jobi Cook, Associate Director,, (919) 515-5933