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An important component of the mission of the WVSGC is to help build research infrastructure at its member institutions. In addition to small seed grants competed for and awarded at the affiliate level, the WVSGC funds research programs that are open to competition by all faculty from the WVSGC affiliates. Each award category is judged separately based on published criteria.
College Course Development Program
This program by the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC) funds projects to develop new and innovative STEM courses at the institutions of higher education affiliated with the Consortium. Applicants are required to present a clear and feasible plan for designing and offering a new course in the STEM fields and include plans for continuation of the course after the first year.
Joint University–Industry Research Program
The goal of this program is to foster and cultivate collaborative research between researchers at WVSGC member institutions, aerospace related and other high-tech. companies in the state. Faculty from WVSGC academic affiliates work on a collaborative research project with high-tech. companies in West Virginia.
Research Initiation Grant Application
Research Initiation Grants are awarded to encourage new faculty members or established faculty members interested in venturing into new research areas. Proposals must be to pursue research in scientific areas of interest to NASA and to help faculty members establish long-term relationships with NASA researchers. The Consortium provides two-thirds of the total budget for these awards, and the researcher's institution must agree to cost-share the remaining one-third.
Also, at least one-third of the proposed budget must be allocated to a graduate student who will work with the faculty as part of their MS or Ph.D. degree requirement. For all proposals with total budget exceeding $10,000, the researcher must solicit the help of a scientist at a NASA facility to judge the merits of the proposed research. If successful, the NASA scientist will serve as the technical monitor for the project. Although not required, collaboration with researchers from industry is encouraged. This is a research initiation program with an objective to stimulate NASA sponsored research at West Virginia colleges and universities. Women and minorities are highly encouraged to apply for this funding.