NASA EPSCoR Research Group grants are awarded nationally each year. For the past several years, Montana groups have been successful in winning a number of these large awards. Pre-Proposals are submitted to the Montana NASA EPSCoR office each fall and two groups are selected to submit full proposals for the national competition.
Research Initiation grants are awarded competitively through internal and external review of proposals. These are intended as seed money, are for one year of funding only, and are not renewable through the Consortium. Awardees are required to submit a follow-on proposal to NASA for regular research funding during the year of the grant. The majority of this funding has gone to graduate student support, providing both research and education enhancement simultaneously.