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.

2016

Assessing a subsurface hydrothermal biosphere in Yellowstone National Park 

Improved geodetic monitoring of tectonic processes at convergent plate boundaries by accounting for Earth’s deformation response to surface mass loading  

2015

Nanoscale Poling and Structuring in Nonlinear Optical Materials 

A real-time computational model and algorithm for vision based detection and tracking of orbital debris: NASA Technology Area 5.7 “Orbital Debris Tracking & Characterization”  

2014

Characterizing Microbial Biofilms in NASA Water Recovery Systems using Micromechanical Tools

Novel nanostructured ceramic coatings for extreme aerospace applications

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