Rapid Research Response

NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement (OSTEM), in collaboration with the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Planetary Science Division, Earth Science Division, Biological and Physical Sciences Division, Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD), and the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) Commercial Space Capabilities Office (CSCO), along with the Marshall Spaceflight Center (MSFC), Goddard Spaceflight Center (GSFC), and the Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer (OCHMO), solicits proposals annually for the NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Rapid Response Research (R3) program.

The R3 is a collaborative effort between NASA EPSCoR and the NASA Mission Directorate programs/offices listed above. The goals of R3 are to provide a streamlined method to address research issues important to NASA, and to enable NASA EPSCoR researchers to work with NASA to solve research issues impacting the Agency’s programs/missions. Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposer shall work closely with a NASA researcher to focus on developing competitive research and technology for the solution of scientific and technical issues of importance to the NASA Mission Directorates as listed in Appendices A through I. The Rapid Response Research (R3) program is an attempt to implement research within NASA and commercial partners to address technical issues. It will allow EPSCoR researchers to work alongside NASA and commercial partners for up to one year and is intended to strengthen the bonds among EPSCoR jurisdictions, NASA, the commercial partners, and other entities.

This solicitation will remain open for one year or for as long as funds are available.

  • Amendments will be used to add/close appendices that list research tasks.
  • Amendments will be open for 90 days.
  • No proposals for the listed research tasks will be accepted after 90 days.
  • Jurisdictions may submit one proposal per each NASA office, i.e., if there are four participating offices, the Jurisdiction may submit a maximum of four proposals. Please include the appendix letter for the NASA office the applicant is proposing to support (i.e. SMD Planetary i.e. one of the NASA SMD Divisions: Planetary, Earth Sciences, Biological and Physical Sciences, or the CSCO) or NASA Center in the proposal title. This will make it much easier for proposals to be sent to the correct NASA office for review/evaluation.
  • Proposals should be two to three pages but may be up to 5 pages for several of the tasks (CSCO) and must be submitted by the State NASA EPSCoR Director through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES). EPSCoR only accepts proposals submitted by the State NASA EPSCoR Director.
  • Proposers are encouraged to contact the research task point of contact (POC) listed under the “Inquires” section of this solicitation for clarification/information on the requested research.

Proposals may be submitted for a maximum award of $100,000 for a one-year period of performance.

FY 2020 NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Rapid Response Research (R3) Announcement
Will update with FY22 Rapid Response Research (R3) solicitation when released.

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