Reviewers were identified from numerous sources: recommendations from NASA Mission Directorate and Office of the Chief Technologist representatives, reviewers from previous EPSCoR solicitations, NSPIRES database, non-EPSCoR Space Grant directors, University Research Centers directors, and Google searches.Each proposal was assigned to a minimum of three online peer reviewers, including at least one NASA reviewer. 141 reviewers participated in the online peer review
Data from Denise Barnes( NSF- EICC) email 5th May 2011.
Data from Denise Barnes( NSF- EICC) email 5th May 2011.
Miniature In Vivo Surgical Robotics for Long-Term Space Flight (2010-2012)Research: Design, simulate, and test miniature in vivo robots to support surgery during long-duration space missions. The project explores the use of a new technique called Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery. Current Achievements: Work has been licensed to a start-up company Virtual Incision Corporation (VIC). This start-up received a $2.1 M investment from two venture capital groups in October 2010. This research project received $1.35 M grant in 2009 and was recently awarded a $2.7 M grant to further develop the robots to support long-term space flight through the Human Research Program at NASA’s Johnson Spaceflight Center (JSC). It is expect to be used in humans in early 2012.
CubeLab Standard for Improved Access to the International Space Station for Science payloads (2010-2012)Currently installed and operating in EXPRESS Rack 4 in the JEM Manifested to fly on all current launch vehicles (Progress, Soyuz, HTV, ATV, & DragonLab)Low-cost, repeatable access to ISS National LabDesigned as an accessible standard platform for NASA and commercial micro-gravity experiments (Plant growth, biological, chemical, radiation effects on electronics, combustion)
Microwave Plasma Processing of Nano-Structural Diamond Coatings (1997-2003)Innovation/Patent: This grant led to a patent: United States Patent Number 6,183,818 entitled “Process for Ultra Smooth Diamond Coating on Metals and Uses Thereof”,in 2001. This patented research led to applications of nanostructured diamond coating in a variety of fields including cutting tools that support structures used by NASA and Aerospace as well as wear-resistant coating of biomedical implants to increase their service lifetime. Venture Projects: It also led to collaborative projects with three Birmingham based companies, Vista Engineering, Applied NanoCarbon, and Integrated Medical Systems Inc.Additional Funding: This work resulted in many proposals for applications of this technology. Principal awards included: An NSF-NIRT award of $1.35 M, and an NIH award of $2 M.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Real-Time Location System (RTLS) Enhancement for Inventory Management and Logistics of Space Transportation Systems (2010-2012)RFID is an automatic identification method that relies on remotely retrieving data stored on tags using devices called readers. RTLS are wireless systems that provide the location of objects in real time using tags attached to objects and readers that receive the wireless signals from the tags to determine their location . Integration of RFID & RTLS will allow NASA to make automatic, crew-free inventories and locate misplaced equipment.
Native American Research Laboratory (NARL)The NARL was conceptualized and established by a Native American Scientist, Professor Michael Ceballos.Ceballos(Tepehuan/Tsalagi/Choctaw) serves as Director of NARL and is a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana. NARL was established at UM to provide “hands-on” research experiences to Native American undergraduates, graduate students and also high school students in an interdisciplinary research environment.Funding for NARL has come from a variety of sources including a NASA EPSCoR research award entitled “Biomolecular Substrates of Extraterrestrial Life: Revealing Secrets of ExtremophilicArchaea and their Viruses”. Ceballos serves as the science-PI on this multi-institutional award. Ceballos is the first in his family to obtain an advanced degree and hopes to encourage other Native scholars to pursue careers in science and mathematics.
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA Office of Education Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) PM Challenge 2012 Orlando, Florida
Agenda • Definition • Project Life Cycle • Organizational Structure • External Factors • Defining Success • Risk Management • Example of ProjectsNASA Office of Education
EPSCoR Definition • NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) project was established by Congress in 1992 with Public Law 102-588. • EPSCoR strengthens the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace and aerospace- related research activities.NASA Office of Education
Where does EPSCoR fit? NASA Education Portfolio Strategic Framework Outcome 1: Higher Contribute to development Education of the STEM workforce Outcome 2: Elementary/ Attract and retain Secondary Informal Outcome 3: students in STEM Education Education Build strategic disciplines partnerships and linkages between STEM formal and informal education providers Principles/ Partnerships/ NASA Relevance Diversity Evaluation Continuity Criteria Content SustainabilityNASA Office of Education
Goal & Objectives Provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally- competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. • 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; and • Work in close coordination with Space Grant to improve the environment for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the jurisdiction.NASA Office of Education
NASA EPSCoR Jurisdiction 2011 Puerto Rico Alaska Eligible NASA EPSCoR JurisdictionsNASANASA Legislation: Eligibility determined by National Science Foundation EPSCoR Per Office of Education
Major Components Research Infrastructure Development (RID) Awards • Enable jurisdictions to build and strengthen relationships and improve contacts with NASA researchers; develop ideas for future proposals • One per jurisdiction • $125,000/year, 3 + 2 year award Research Awards • Topic-specific proposals targeted at high-priority NASA research and technology development needs • Annual solicitation • Max $750,000 for a 36-month award • Number of awards based on proposal merit and dollar amount availableNASA Office of Education
RIDs and Research • 27 RID awards – Funded through FY 2012 • 115 Research Awards – 24 from FY 2007 – 12 from FY 2008 – 27 from FY 2009 – 24 from FY 2010 – 28 from FY 2011NASA Office of Education
2007-2011 Categorization of AwardsNASA Office of Education
Standard Project Life Cycle CONCEPTUAL FEASIBILITY AND DETAILED IMPLEMENTATION CONVERSION PHASE PRELIMINARY PLANNING PHASE PHASE OR TERMINATION PLANNING PHASE PHASERESOURCES Resources Utilized TIME 10
EPSCoR is Multi-Project Management • Are the project objectives the same? – For the good of the project? – For the good of the Jurisdiction? – For the good of NASA? • Is there a distinction between projects? – Jurisdictions – Mission Directorates • How do we handle conflicting priorities? – NASA Priorities vs Jurisdiction Priorities – Mission Directorates’ Priorities – NASA Office of Education PrioritiesNASA Office of Education
General Organizational Structure HQ OFFICE OF EDUCATION HE PROGRAM MANAGER SPACE GRANTS AND EPSCoR KSC EDUCATION Program MANAGER DIRECTOR Functionally Administrative NASA EPSCoR Project Manager Budget and Performance Program Analysts Project Coordinator Mission Directorate and OCT Liaisons NASA EPSCoRNASA Field Centers NASA Field Centers NASA EPSCoR External Partners Principal Technical Monitors Point of Contact - UAOs Fellows Investigators 13
Organizational Structure: Jurisdiction Viewpoint EPSCoR Project Manager Jurisdiction 1 Jurisdiction 2 Jurisdiction 29 PI PI PI Staff Staff Staff Science PIs Science PIs Science PIs RID and RID and RID and Research Research Research Project Levels Project Levels Project Levels 14
External Factors • The business environment • The Academic environment • The political environment • The economic climate • Regulatory agencies • STEM leading edge/state-of-the-art • EICCNASA Office of Education
Research Proposal Review ProcessOnline Peer ReviewAll proposals are evaluated by a minimum of four reviewers fortechnical merit and relevance to NASA research and technicaldevelopment needs and priorities. The selected reviewers arenationally recognized professionals and/or NASA subject areaexperts.Internal Panel ReviewA HQ NASA panel composed of representatives from the fourMission Directorates and the Office of the Chief Technologistevaluate the online peer review inputs. They then categorize theproposals using prioritization system from which proposals are thenselected for funding. 17
EPSCoR Interagency Coordinating Committee (EICC)The EICC focuses on improving coordination among andbetween the federal agencies in implementing EPSCoR andEPSCoR-like programs consistent with the policies of thoseagencies. Members are: • Department of Defense (DOD) • Department of Energy (DOE) • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) • National Institutes of Health (NIH) • National Science Foundation (NSF) • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 18
Other Federal Agency EPSCoR ProgramsDOD Not active at present; expected to be re- established in next year or twoDOE Located in the Office of Basic Energy SciencesEPA Not active at presentNASA Located in the Office of EducationNIH Located in the Institute of General Medical Sciences (may relocate in the next year)NSF Located in the Office of Integrative Activities, NSF DirectorUSDA Located in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (along with the Land Grant Extension program) 19
Exploration Systems Miniature In Vivo Surgical Robotics for Long-Term Space Flight (2010-2012) Research: •In vivo robots to support surgery during long-duration space missions. •Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery. •Current Achievements: •Start-up company Virtual Incision Corporation (VIC). •$2.1 M investment from two venture capital groups. •$2.7 M grant from Human Research Program at JSC. It is expect to be used in humans in early 2012.NEBRASKAUniversity of Nebraska 23
Space Operations CubeLab Standard for Improved Access to the ISS for Science Payloads (2010-2012) Cube Lab Status • Currently installed and operating in EXPRESS Rack 4 in the JEM • Manifested to fly on all current launch vehicles (Progress, Soyuz, HTV, ATV, & DragonLab) • Low-cost, repeatable access to ISS National Lab CubeLab ElementsKENTUCKYUniversity of Kentucky 24
Space Operations/Aeronautics Microwave Plasma Processing of Nano-Structural Diamond Coatings (1997-2003) •Innovation/Patent: •US patent 2001. •Nanostructure diamond coating for NASA and aerospace cutting tools. •Wear-resistant coating of biomedical implants Venture Projects: •Vista Engineering, Applied NanoCarbon, and Integrated Medical Systems Inc. Additional Funding: •$1.35 MNSF-NIRT award •$2 MNIH awardALABAMAUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham 25
Exploration Systems RFID and RTLS Enhancement for Inventory Management and Logistics of Space Transportation Systems (2010-2012) Results: RFID technology currently undergoing testing at KSC/SSPF for possible use on ISS. •RFID retrieves data stored on tags. Next Goal: Tag and track individual medication doses. •RTLS are wireless systems that provide the location of objects in real time. • Integration of RFID & RTLS will allow NASA to make automatic and locate misplaced equipment.NEBRASKAUniversity of Nebraska 26
Impact on Underserved Communities Native Americans “Biomolecular Substrates of Extraterrestrial Life: Revealing Secrets of Extremophilic Archaea and their Viruses”Native American Research Laboratory(NARL)•Established and directed by a Native AmericanScientist, Professor Michael Ceballos(Tepehuan/Tsalagi/Choctaw), research AssistantProfessor at the University of Montana.•Provides “hands-on” research experiences to NativeAmerican undergraduates, graduate students, and highschool students in an interdisciplinary researchenvironment.MONTANAUniversity of Montana 27