The New Investigator Program (TSGC NIP), established in 2003, is designed to assist in professional development of faculty members or researchers who strive to begin a career in research. TSGC will accept proposals from individuals who are either currently conducting or strive to conduct research aligned with NASA's strategic plan and research requirements and do not have an established research career.
Texas Space Grant Consortium anticipates awarding up to 4 new awards per year. The individual award will be up to $10,000 maximum with a period of performance up to 24 months. Awards are discretionary funds and are overhead free.
Competition is open to individuals of faculty or research scientist rank at active academic institutional members of the Texas Space Grant Consortium. Individuals must be qualified to serve as a principal investigator at their respective institution and be a US citizen. Submission is limited to one proposal per investigator. Previous recipients of this award are not eligible to propose.
In order to satisfy NASA grant matching requirements, the total awarded amount must be matched 1:1 (in-kind, cash) by the recipient's home institution. The in-kind portion of the match must be no more than 50% of the total 1:1 match. This 1:1 support must be documented and included in the proposal budget signed by a cognizant institutional official.
TSGC encourages the participation of any PI who is female, a member of an under-represented minority group, or a person with a disability.