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The Pre-Award Division is in charge of the dissemination of calls and new proposals, monitoring of funding agency calendars, support for scholars and students during the proposal writing process, compliance with suggested guidelines, analysis of proposals, distribution of budgets and electronic submission of proposals.

Funding Opportunities

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Funding Opportunities  

  • NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY! The HBCU/PBI Data Science Equity, Access and Priority for Research and Education (MUREP DEAP) solicitation was released on August 22, 2022. NASA OSTEM’s MUREP program solicits proposals from Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to establish Data Science Institutes (DEAP Institutes) for data-intensive research in science and engineering that can accelerate discovery and innovation in a broad array of NASA Science Mission Directorate research domains by closely collaborating with NASA mentors for harnessing diverse data sources and developing and applying new methodologies, technologies, and infrastructure for data management and analysis research. Successful MUREP DEAP proposals will be funded as multi-year cooperative agreements not to exceed three (3) years. Please see the full Appendix N: MUREP DEAP for more details. A pre-proposal teleconference for the MUREP DEAP opportunity will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at 4:00 PM Eastern Time. During this session, the MUREP DEAP team will give an in-depth overview of the opportunity and highlight information contained in the EONS 2022 document regarding proposal preparation and requirements. Applications are due October 24, 2022, with the period of performance beginning approximately in March of 2023. Please visit the MUREP DEAP landing page in NSPIRES for information on how to join the call. Proposers are strongly advised to check for updates prior to the call. For general inquiries, please contact: MUREPDEAP@nasaprs.com.
  • Now Open: Applications for NASA Innovation Corps Pilot. In an exciting, expanded partnership with the National Science Foundation, NASA’s Science and Space Technology Mission Directorates offer a new pathway to participate in Innovation Corps (I-Corps)™. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot is aimed to accelerate the transition of promising ideas from the lab to the marketplace, while encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot will support teams with access to training in innovation and entrepreneurship skills through a grant, for up to $10,000, and the opportunity to apply for additional funding, up to $40,000. Read the full NASA announcement. Eligible teams must include at least three members from higher education (two- to four-year institutions) or non-profit institutions with a NASA-relevant research focus. Proposing teams need not have received a previous NASA award to apply. Read the full solicitation and submit a proposal on NSPIRES. The recording from the June 29th webinar is here and the slides are posted under “Other Documents” on the NSPIRES page. Applications will be reviewed throughout the year with the following deadlines and targeted award start dates:
    • Due September 16th for award start date December 2022
    • Due November 17th for award start date February 2023
    • Due January 20th for award start date April 2023  
  • Nominations for the Venus Science Coordination Group (VESCoor) due by September 30, 2022. NASA’s Planetary Science Division (PSD) and the European Space Agency (ESA) jointly are convening a Venus Science Coordinating group (VeSCoor). VeSCoor is a forum for dialogue within the broader, international Venus scientific community, in support of the upcoming ESA and NASA missions to Venus. VeSCoor’s primary goal is to identify new, unanticipated scientific approaches and outcomes based on synergies among the missions to Venus and suggest studies to enhance overall scientific return. PSD has announced the nomination process for U.S. VeSCoor participants via a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) dated July 20, 2022 available in PDF format on Science.nasa.gov. Individuals may self-nominate or nominate another person. Nominations are due September 30, 2022 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Carefully read the DCL and the Terms of Reference (ToR) located under the “Community Announcements” section of the webpage entitled: For Researchers: Funding Opportunities and Announcements. PSD expects to select one co-chair and up to five members. Please email questions using “VeSCooR 2022” in the email’s subject line, to Dr. Adriana Ocampo, Venus International Liaison, NASA HQ Planetary Science Division at aco@nasa.gov.  
  • NASA’s Gateways to Blue Skies: Clean Aviation Energy Competition is now open. In the push toward net-zero emissions by 2050, NASA seeks to crowdsource ideas for potential new clean aviation energy sources. Through the 2023 Blue Skies Competition, teams of two to six students will conceptualize and analyze the climate impacts along the source-to-flight lifecycle of one potential, primary clean aviation energy source of the future, and create a five- to seven-page research proposal and two-minute video summary. Finalist teams will receive a $6,000 stipend to participate in the 2023 Blue Skies Forum at a NASA center in June 2023. Winners are eligible for NASA internships in the academic year following the competition. Notice of Intent deadline is October 17, 2022, and Submission Deadline is February 28, 2023. For questions, contact BlueSkies@nianet.org
  • NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) Funding Opportunity! Team II is now accepting proposals for the new Community Anchor Awards for TEAM II (ANCHR), designed to support institutions, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), in strengthening themselves as a local NASA STEM informal education community resource. The basic goal of the TEAM II solicitation is to further NASA Strategic Objective 4.3: “Build the next generation of explorers” by engaging students to build a diverse future STEM workforce. Selected parties will offer NASA education directly aligned with space exploration, aeronautics, space science, earth science, or microgravity. Eligible proposers include U.S. non-profit science museums, planetariums, youth-serving organizations, and libraries. Proposals due October 18, 2022. Full information here
  • Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2022 Released! ROSES is an omnibus solicitation with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics. From the NSPIRES website, you can view the list of opportunities in Table 2 (organized by due date) or Table 3 (organized by subject matter) including hyperlinks to element descriptions in the Appendices. You can also view the list of open program elements here. Together, these program elements cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Visit the ROSES blog for more information. Here are a few of the many ROSES opportunities:    
    1. A.32 Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics solicits research using NASA data to advance our understanding of processes relevant to The Weather and Atmospheric Dynamics Focus Area. There are no limitations on the spatial and geographic scope of solicited efforts, but studies must link to meteorological and tropospheric phenomena. Proposed research should target processes that are relevant to the spatiotemporal cadence of the observations; however, the incorporation of methods that enable use of study observations to understand multi-scale phenomena is not precluded. Proposals must explicitly focus on remote sensing, and may utilize observations, reanalyses, assimilation, and model capabilities to perform the proposed science. This program element consists of two topical sub-elements: 1) Exploitation of Airborne Field Campaign Measurements, which targets the modern analysis of historic NASA airborne field campaign data with explicit links to NASA satellite data and 2) Characterizing and Understanding Uncertainty in the Atmosphere, aimed at increasing our understanding of NASA observations and the Earth system by improving the utilization of uncertainty estimates throughout the scientific process. Notices of intent are requested by September 16, 2022, and proposals are due November 2, 2022.  
    1. F.2 Topical Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences (TWSC F.12 of ROSES) solicitation. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) solicits proposals for events, including asynchronous and virtual workshops, Open-Source Initiatives, etc., that contribute to SMD’s equity, science, technology and exploration goals. Because there is no central or dedicated TWSC funding, proposal submission requires designation of at least one reviewing program, division or office. Proposals that are relevant to more than one part of SMD also are welcome. Awards may be grants, cooperative agreements, intra-NASA transfers, or inter-agency agreements, as appropriate. This amendment releases the final text for F.2 TWSC, which had been listed as “TBD.” As a no due date or rolling submissions competition, TWSC proposals may be submitted at any time through May 12, 2023TWSC does not accept Notices of Intent, but potential proposers must confirm the event’s topical relevancy and availability of funds before preparing or submitting a proposal to one or more SMD program officer listed here. General questions concerning may be directed to the coordinating point of contact at mary.f.sladek@nasa.gov.    
    1. A.51 Applications-Oriented Augmentation for Research and Analysis The Earth Science Research and Analysis (R&A) and Applied Sciences programs are collaborating to support current R&A investigators in enabling them to work across the traditional boundaries between research and applications by adding end-user and stakeholder engagement to existing work to support “research to applications” and/or “applications to research” activities. This effort is intended to develop the capacity of investigators to work with end users. R&A will provide financial support and the Applied Sciences Program will provide guidance and resources to help investigators work with end-users and direct their research towards decision making applications. Proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year until March 29, 2023.    
    1. B.20 Heliophysics Tools and Methods (HTM) program solicits proposals to advance the goal of a robust, vital, and cohesive Python environment for Heliophysics through Solar, Heliospheric, Magnetosphere, and Ionosphere/Thermosphere/Mesosphere. Proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year until March 29, 2023.   

Faculty Opportunities  

  • Sign up to be a proposal reviewer! A great way to learn the NASA solicitation proposal process, contribute to your professional development, and support the mission of NASA is to sign up to be a proposal reviewer through NSPIRES. Whether you’re new to the federal awards process, or a seasoned veteran in applying for NASA solicitations, share your time and perspective and get a feel for what makes a good proposal to inform your future submissions. Create an NSPIRES account and sign up to be a reviewer as opportunities arise!
    1. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate is seeking subject matter experts to serve as external (email) and/or virtual panel reviewers of proposals to the “ROSES” research solicitation. All of the reviewer volunteer forms may be accessed on the main landing page or just follow the links below to the volunteer review forms. Once on a form, click the boxes to indicate the topics in which you consider yourself to be a subject matter expert. If your skills match the needs for that review and there are not too many organizational conflicts of interest, they will contact you to discuss scheduling. A wide range of volunteer reviewer web forms have been (re)posted recently including:
  • University Leadership Initiative (ULI) Solicitation Now Available! ULI provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing unique technical challenges in aeronautics, defining multi-disciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms, and applying innovative teaming strategies to strengthen the research impact. This NRA will utilize a two-step proposal submission and evaluation process. The initial step is a short mandatory Step-A proposal due August 30, 2022. Those offerors submitting the most highly rated Step-A proposals will be invited to submit a Step-B proposal. All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES. The recording and slides of the recent Applicant’s Workshop with more information are now available for viewing. To be listed as an interested lead or partner, contact hq-univpartnerships@mail.nasa.gov with “ULI Partnerships” in the subject line and include the information required for the table in that web page. Research proposals are sought in seven ULI topic areas in Appendix D.4.
    1. Topic 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations (Strategic Thrust 1)  
    2. Topic 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft (Strategic Thrust 2)  
    3. Topic 3: Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports (Strategic Thrust 3)   
    4. Topic 4: Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles (Strategic Thrust 4)  
    5. Topic 5: In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance (Strategic Thrust 5)  
    6. Topic 6: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (Strategic Thrust 6)  
    7. Topic 7: Zero Emission Aviation  
    8. Topic 8: Materials and Structures for Next-Generation Aerospace Systems  
  • Applications for NASA SBIR Ignite small businesses funding opportunity due September 1st! As the entrepreneurial aerospace ecosystem continues to evolve, NASA recognizes that public-private partnerships produce greater impact. SBIR Ignite is a new way for small businesses that have a commercially viable technology idea to use NASA as a steppingstone in their path towards commercial success. With a greater emphasis on commercialization, SBIR Ignite funds U.S. early-stage, high-risk technology development to help make companies and their technologies more attractive to private sector investors, customers, and partners. Stay connected with the opportunity by signing up for communications to ensure you receive updates and submit your application by the September 1st deadline. Visit the SBIR Ignite solicitation page and view the recording for the recent webinar for more information! 
  • NASA Opens Second Phase of $3.5 Million Lunar Excavation Competition. NASA launched the second phase of its Break the Ice Lunar Challenge to advance technology that is – quite literally – groundbreaking. The challenge invites the public to advance system technology for excavating and delivering lunar resources. Teams will be asked to design, build, and test an icy regolith excavation system prototype and an icy regolith transportation system prototype to maximize resource delivery while minimizing energy use and the mass of equipment delivered to the lunar surface. Phase 2 contains three levels, will last for 23 months, and offers a total prize purse of $3 million. Phase 1 teams, as well as new competitors, are encouraged to register for Phase 2 on the challenge site by 11:59 p.m. CT on September 30, 2022. For more information about the challenge, visit https://breaktheicechallenge.com/  
  • Apply to DEVELOP for cultivation of the next generation of leaders and Earth observation users! DEVELOP provides 10-week research opportunities for participants to address environmental and policy concerns through the practical application of NASA Earth science information and geospatial data. Working in interdisciplinary teams and with the support of science advisors and mentors, DEVELOP participants build research and science communication skills that help them succeed in the workforce. The Spring 2023 Deadline is October 7, 2022. Click here for full project details and application information.  
  • Check out NASA TechPort! If you are looking for information about NASA-developed technologies that can be utilized or built-upon, or to see where there may be gaps to fill, check out NASA TechPort. Showcasing NASA’s portfolio of active and completed technology projects, TechPort contains information for over 15,000 NASA-developed technologies, representing over $12 billion in applied research and experimental development investments. TechPort allows technologists and researchers to find technologies by organization, maturity, technology area/discipline, and work location. Each record has detailed information about the development including the benefits provided, research findings, partners/collaborators, points of contact, and more. Take a tour of the website and see how your research and expertise may be able to connect to NASA technologies. 

Student Opportunities  

  • REGISTER NOW for NASA Days to network and interview with NASA managers for internships! Want the latest update on NASA OSTEM and Pathways Internship Programs? NASA Days MSI Internship Information/Workshop Sessions will be a part of the next NASA MUREP’s HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour hybrid event at Texas Southern University in Houston September 13-15, 2022! As part of the Road Tour, MSI students are invited to attend in-person or virtual internship sessions on September 13th and 14th with an opportunity to network with NASA managers and internship coordinators on September 14th and interview with a NASA manager on September 15th. Register for NASA Days here then and visit the NASA Internships website for more general information. For more information email Ksc-nasadays@mail.nasa.gov.   
  • FORM YOUR OWN TEAM for NASA’s MUREP Innovation and Tech Transfer Idea Competition (MITTIC)! Are you fascinated by NASA technology? Can you turn a creative idea into a real-world application? Do you want to be an entrepreneur? Then MITTIC is your #SpaceToPitch! MITTIC is a spinoff challenge to develop new ideas for commercialization open to multi-disciplinary student teams attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Teams selected to participate will receive up to $5,000 with the winning team receiving an additional $10,000. Open office hours are available every Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 p.m. CDT on Microsoft Teams, or you can contact HQ-MITTIC@mail.nasa.gov to schedule a personalized session, exclusively geared to faculty and/or students at your institution. To get started on your NASA MITTIC journey, visit the website. Check out the new enhancements for this year’s MITTIC competition!  
  • NASA MITTIC is now offering TWO opportunities to compete:
    • NASA MITTIC Fall proposals are accepted from August 17, 2022, through October 26, 2022.   
    • NASA MITTIC Spring proposals are accepted from January 3, 2023, through March 15, 2023.  
  • Teams are now able to use ANY NASA Intellectual Property (IP) from the patent portfolio as the basis for their spinoff concept. A list of 45 suggested technologies can also be found on our website
  • Prerequisites are no longer required for training courses to be completed before a team may submit a proposal for the competition. However, teams who complete and submit proof of their training will receive additional points on their submitted proposal. 
  • 2023 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge Proposals due September 8th! NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) is accepting proposals for its 2023 competition, which mirrors the goals of the agency’s Artemis missions to the Moon. Each student team is tasked with designing, building, testing, and competing with a human-powered rover capable of traversing challenging terrains and tools for retrieval of planetary samples. Teams earn points by completing design reviews, then successfully completing course obstacles while performing mission tasks on their rover. Proposals are due September 8, 2022, and the challenge will be held April 20-22, 2023, in Huntsville, Alabama. Click here to register for a virtual information session being held on August 25th at 10:00am and 6:00pm ET to learn how to successfully write a proposal and increase your team’s chances of being selected. For questions, contact HERC@mail.nasa.gov
  • Student Teams needed for the FLOATing DRAGON! The FLOATing DRAGON (Formulate, Lift, Observe, And Testing; Data Recovery And Guided On-board Node) Balloon Challenge asks teams and their faculty advisors to design and prototype ideas for a guided data vault recovery system. Approximately four teams will be chosen to build and test their prototypes. Each finalist team will receive $5,000 to offset some development and participation costs. Upon successfully passing a rigorous mission review process (with the guidance of a dedicated NASA mission manager), finalist teams will conduct a test drop of their data recovery system in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico, in August 2023. The winning team may have an opportunity to integrate their system into official NASA development. A Notice of Intent is requested by Sept. 15. Proposals are due Oct. 20.  
  • NASA Accepting Proposals for the 2023 Student Launch! Student teams can now submit proposals to participate in NASA’s 2023 Student Launch challenge, scheduled April 13-15, 2023, at Bragg Farms in Toney, Alabama, minutes north of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. The annual event encourages students from middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States to design, build, test, and fly a high-powered amateur rocket and a payload to an altitude between 4,000 and 6,000 feet. The Student Launch 2023 Handbook provides in-depth guidance on how to submit proposals, as well as safety information, competition rules, and details about the new payload challenge for college/university teams. All proposals must be submitted via the NASA STEM Gateway system by 8 a.m. CDT on Sept. 19. 2022. For more information, visit the Student Launch website.
  • Registration NOW OPEN for the NASA International Space Apps Challenge! The world’s largest annual hackathon returns this year with the theme “Make Space,” which emphasizes NASA’s commitment to inclusivity. This year’s challenge will focus on Earth and space science, technology, and exploration. Participant registration for in-person and virtual events is now open through Oct. 2. Space Apps provides a platform where everyone across the globe with a passion for creativity and innovation can use their unique perspectives to tackle challenges created by NASA experts. The challenges range in skill level, expertise, subject matter, and objective, and span a spectrum of disciplines and interests that range from artificial intelligence and software development to art and storytelling. Visit the Space Apps website to register for an in-person or online event on Oct. 1-2, 2022.  
  • Proposals Now Being Accepted for the 2023 RASC-AL CompetitionThe 2023 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition invites university teams to develop concepts that will help NASA pioneer the future of space exploration and extend humanity’s presence further into the solar system. The 2023 themes focus on lunar and Martian long-term habitation, tourism business architecture, port technology, and an orbiting servicing, logistics, and observation station. Interested undergraduate and graduate university student teams and their faculty advisors should submit a Notice of Intent by October 12, 2022, and submit proposals and videos by March 13, 2023. For more information, watch this video of RASC-AL representatives answering questions proposed by eligible colleges and universities, and visit the competition homepage
  • NASA Spring 2023 Internship applications due November 7th! As a NASA intern, students will work with leading experts and gain valuable experience as they participate in research and mission projects. Spring internship applications are being accepted through November 7th. Applications for Summer 2023 are due March 10th. Share the “5 Misconceptions about Applying for a NASA Internship with students undecided about applying. For more information and to apply, visit the NASA Internship Program’s website.  
  • Interested in Earth Science? The DEVELOP program provides 10-week research opportunities for participants to address environmental and policy concerns through the practical application of NASA Earth science information and geospatial data. Working in interdisciplinary teams and with the support of science advisors and mentors, DEVELOP participants build research and science communication skills that help them succeed in the workforce. The Spring 2023 Deadline is October 7, 2022. Click here for full project details and application information.  

This section offers information about the Federal Government, its agencies, services, programs and Government Branches. Several of these links access Spanish versions of the information they refer to according to their availability.


Congreso de los Estados Unidos

Aquí encontrará los enlaces a las páginas electrónicas del Senado y la Cámara de Representantes del Congreso de los Estados Unidos.

Asociaciones de Gobernadores

Aquí encontrará los enlaces a las páginas electrónicas de las asociaciones a las que pertenece el Gobernador en los Estados Unidos.

Organizaciones de Gobiernos Estatales

Aquí encontrará los enlaces a las páginas electrónicas de las organizaciones relacionadas a los estados.

Submitted Proposals

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
June 29, 2020 to June 30, 2021
March 16, 2020 to June 26, 2020

Approved Proposals

Fund Raising Statistics

In the last three fiscal years (2019, 2020, and 2021), the Campus received $100,089,290. Please refer to the attached graph.

As can be seen, in each of these fiscal years, the amount collected remained above $30 million. Of particular significance are the fiscal years 2020 and 2021, the emergence of the pandemic did not stop the generation of proposals, nor the raising of external funds. From March 16, 2020 to June 30, 2021, 160 proposals were submitted via telework, requesting $94.2 million.


Pre Award Resources

  • Certificación Núm. 8 (2012-2013)  Junta de Síndicos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico: Política y Manuales para los Conflictos Financieros de los Intereses y Compromisos en la Investigación  y en los Fondos Externos de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.
  • FORM 1.A :  Divulgación de Intereses Financieros Significativos de los  Investigadores de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.
  • FORM 1.B : Divulgación de Intereses Financieros Significativos de los  Investigadores de la Universidad de Puerto Rico – DEBE SER LLENADO POR TODOS LOS INVESTIGADORES CON CONFLICTOS DE INTERÉS SIGNIFICATIVO.
  • FORM 2.A : Documento de Divulgación de los Conflictos Financieros de los Intereses Anuales de la Universidad  de Puerto Rico.
  • FORM 2.B : Embargo de la Divulgación de las Regulaciones de Conflicto de Interés Financiero de la Universidad de Puerto Rico.
  • Presentación del FCOI: Regulaciones de Conflicto de Interés Financiero
  • Conflicto de Interest Financiero (Webinar)
  • Circular Núm. 24 (2012-2013): Normas y Procedimientos para Gestionar los Conflictos de Interés y de Compromisos Financieros en las investigaciones patrocinadas y no patrocinadas en la Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras.

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