CAN Grants

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, in cooperation with NASA’s Mission Directorates – Aeronautics Research (ARMD), Human Exploration and Operations (HEOMD), Science (SMD) , Space Technology (STMD) and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits research proposal yearly through its Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) research solicitation. Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education and economic development of the jurisdiction. Through this solicitation NASA seeks to increase research funding to EPSCoR states, which historically have been under-funded by NASA.

NASA EPSCoR has moved back to an annual procurement cycle. One proposal will be selected from the pre-proposal process to move forward to a full proposal.

Proposals may be submitted for a maximum award of $750,000 for a three-year period of performance. There is a 2:1 NASA requested funds to match funds requirement.

The following are the specific objectives of NASA EPSCoR:

  • Contribute to and promote the development of research infrastructure in NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions in areas of strategic importance to the NASA mission
  • Improve the capabilities of the NASA EPSCoR jurisdictions to gain support from sources outside the NASA EPSCoR program.
  • Develop partnerships between NASA research assets, academic institutions, and industry.
  • Contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and/or economic development of the jurisdiction.
  • Work in close coordination with Space Grant to improve the environment for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the jurisdiction.

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Before submitting your pre-proposal please read the following:
OGCA Pre-Proposal Procedures at UAF

FY 2023 NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) ESPCoR Research Announcement

Current NASA Research Interests are listed:
NASA Research Areas of Interest
2020 NASA Technology Taxonomy

NASA Plan for Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research

How to Write SMART Objectives

2023 CAN Schedule

6/1Announce request for pre-proposal
7/17NOI to Alaska EPSCoR Program office email to
8/14Pre-proposal due by COB email to
8/21Send out pre-proposals for email reviews
9/1Compile reviews and announce the pre-proposals to go forward.
10/9NASA solicitation released (Second Monday of October)
*11/1NOI Due
1/8Final proposal due to Alaska NASA EPSCoR office (Second Monday of January)
1/22Final proposal due to NASA (11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time) (Fourth Monday of January)
If any date falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date shall be the following business day.
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