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FY 2014 National NASA EPSCoR Research Group Competition

The NASA EPSCoR Program at NASA Headquarters indicated this week that that an announcement of a new FY 2014 National NASA EPSCoR Research Group Competition is anticipated sometime in September 2013. In comparison to past years, this NASA timeline has been accelerated by several months. Given the uncertainty of ongoing budget negotiations within Congress, it is unclear whether Vermont's NASA EPSCoR Project will only be allowed to submit one or two proposals to this new competition. For now, we will proceed as if we will be able to submit two but this is subject to change.
As in past years, it will be necessary to select these two projects ahead of time so as to be prepared once the formal announcement of the 2014 Competition is posted. This local selection of projects will be made on the basis of peer-reviewed pre-proposals. A call for pre-proposals document is attached.
Vermont faculty researchers wishing to be considered as Science PI’s for inclusion in this competition must submit a pre-proposal for their proposed team research project to the VT-NASA EPSCoR Office no later than COB on September 6, 2013. It is expected the two new Research Group projects selected for submission to the National Competition will be announced in early October. The deadline for Vermont's NASA EPSCoR Project to submit full proposals to the 2014 National Research Group Competition is currently estimated to be sometime in mid-December 2013.
Although a formal RFP has not yet appeared from NASA, I am also attaching a copy of the FY 2012 announcement to provide some initial guidance and information; the new announcement is unlikely to differ dramatically from this.


Darren L. Hitt, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Vermont Space Grant Consortium & NASA EPSCoR