Research Seed Grants


These seed grants are designed to facilitate the development of research expertise among ISGC members in aerospace engineering, Earth and space science, astronomy and other areas of interest to NASA. Applications by faculty from non-research-focused institutions and pre-tenure faculty will be given preferential consideration. The grants will allow the award recipients to obtain the preliminary results needed to support larger proposals to NASA and other federal or non-federal funding agencies.  Emphasis will be placed on research in an area of interest to NASA.


Proposals shall clearly and concisely describe the relevance of the proposed work to NASA’s currently funded research priorities and programs of the NASA Mission Directorate(s). Proposals are required to address one or more research priorities of the Mission Directorates and Centers, which are summarized in Section H.6.8 Research Priorities for NASA Mission Directorates and Centers. The current NASA mission directorates are as follows:
• Aeronautics Research (
• Human Exploration Operations (
• Science (
• Space Technology (


Funding has been allocated to these grants for the period April 10, 2020 – April 9, 2021. The funding level of each seed grant will range from $6,000 to $10,000. Funding will be released incumbent upon authorization of funds by NASA.


  • Seed grant must support research in an area of interest to NASA, e.g., aerospace engineering, physics, astronomy, cosmology or Earth system science.
  • Grants must be matched (at least one-to-one) with funds from non-federal sources. Prior to the execution of a subaward agreement, the source of matching funds must be identified and confirmed by a letter from the appropriate authority. Waived indirect costs and faculty effort can qualify as matching funds.
  • Please note that the objective of this grant is not to provide continued funding for ongoing research, but to support new areas of research. Selected proposals may reapply for a second year of funding. Proposals can include requests for salary, supplies, and travel support. ISGC funds cannot be used for the purchase of equipment.
  • The project PI will submit report information to the Associate Director of ISGC as requested.
  • All application materials must be submitted by February 9, 2020.

Selection Criteria:

Proposals will be reviewed by ISGC Directors and selected based on adherence to the above criteria, scientific merit, and equitable distribution of resources across the Consortium. Women, under-represented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applications by faculty from non-research-focused institutions and pre-tenure faculty will be given preferential consideration.

To Apply:

Application web site

(If you have not previously applied to this system, enter your email address and then select to have a new password emailed to you.  You have the option to change that password on the first page of the application – upper right-hand corner of the blue bar, “Change password.”)

Complete the on-line application form.  In the “Documents” section of the application:

  1. Select “Curriculum Vita and upload the PI vita including significant publications (vita no more than two pages);
  2. Select “Other Supporting Document” and upload your budget (sample budget_form_2020);
  3. Select “Statement of Purpose” and upload your project description.  The project description should include:
    • Relevance to Mission Directorate(s)
    • Description of your research project, including project goal(s). Indicate explicitly how the goal(s) is/are specific, measurable, aligned with NASA and Space Grant interests, realistic and within the funding time frame.
    • Timeline
    • Plans for proposal submissions to federal and non-federal sources based on the work to be completed

The Statement of Purpose should be single-spaced text in 12-point font with one-inch margins and be no more than five pages in length.

You will receive email verification that your proposal was submitted.

Important Dates:

Submission Deadline:
February 9, 2020