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Special Research Seed

Announcement of Opportunity 2014-2015

Applications Open: TBD
Submittal Deadline: TBD
Award Announcements: TBD

The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) Special Research SEED Grant is designed to provide support to faculty and research staff from the WSGC universities and colleges seeking to initiate a new space-related research program. This year the awards will provide stipends for students to participate in faculty- or research staff-led research related to developing space science, aerospace, and space-related research infrastructure. STEM education research is also considered relevant to this solicitation.

This year’s solicitation focuses on the following priority areas:

  • Serving Groups Traditionally Underrepresented in STEM Fields – Increase the number of individuals from underrepresented groups that graduate with STEM degrees.
  • Undergraduate STEM Education – Improve retention rates, including among groups tradition­ally underrepresented, in STEM majors during the first two years of undergraduate education. (Page 17 of the Co-STEM Report)

Successful proposals will combine a robust, relevant research project with a plan that fully integrates students into meaningful, high-caliber, significant research experiences, from 10 weeks to a full year or academic year, culminating in a presentation of their work at the annual WSGC Space Conference. Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate robust recruitment of students in groups traditionally underrepresented in NASA-related disciplines. Proposals may consider programs such as the Research Experience for Undergraduates program as a model for the types of experiences expected from successful proposals.

See a list of current and past award recipients

Faculty Research Seed Grant and Proposal Writing grants will provide up to a $20,000* award per year. Second-year funding may be possible, but a new proposal will need to be submitted that describes the progress made toward achieving the program goals. Awards will be based on the proposal topic, quality, credentials of the investigator(s), the quality of research experience for participating students, high participation of students and/or faculty traditionally underrepresented in aerospace fields, the probability of success in developing space- or STEM education-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.


  • PI and funded students must be U.S. Citizens
  • Faculty and research staff at all WSGC universities and colleges and staff at WSGC industrial affiliates are eligible.
  • Proposing faculty may partner with WSGC members; if partnerships with non-WSGC members are proposed, only WSGC members may receive funding.
  • 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.
  • See more information on NASA Directorates

The Consortium is especially interested in applications that:

  • Emphasize new lines of space- or STEM education- related research.
  • Provide meaningful research experiences to first- and second- year undergraduates, especially those belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in aerospace fields.
  • Increase research capability and build research infrastructure.
  • Initiate research opportunities in line with the NASA Mission Directorates.
  • 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:
To apply for the Special Research SEED Program, you must a) register online, b) apply online, and c) submit the supporting materials required. 

If you have questions about the Special Research SEED Program, please 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

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