Travel Funds

The project participants are eligible for travel funds on a first come first serve basis, and subject to availability of funds. 

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • A student or faculty participating in a PR NASA project. 
  • Domestic travel only.
  • Travel to scientific conferences or National Lab directly related to the participant's project.
  • If it is a conference, the participant must have an accepted presentation.
  • If it is National Lab or Research Institution, the participant must have an invitation letter stating the purpose and time period. 

The application is evaluated in terms of the potential value added by the trip to the participant's professional development. 

Assistantships: The affiliates and investigators with active projects, in consultation with the PD, select the students to participate in their projects. The selection is based on the needs of each project and the skills and expertise of the students. The assignments and task-deliverables are defined by the mentor. To be eligible for the assistantship, the student must be enrolled full-time in a STEM program in an accredited institution in Puerto Rico with a GPA of 2.8 or greater. The project is performed during the academic year by dedicating 18+ hours/week.  The students are required to submit a progress report at the end of each semester.  Monthly attendance sheets may also be requested. 

TO: The Puerto Rico Scientific Community

RE: 2022 NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research Funding Opportunity

It is a pleasure to notify the Puerto Rico Scientific Community about the 2022 NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement number NNH22ZHA004C.

The Rapid Response Research Opportunity (R3) is a collaborative effort between NASA EPSCoR and the NASA Mission Directorates. The goals of R3 are to provide a streamlined mechanism to address research issues important to NASA, and to enable NASA EPSCoR researchers to work with NASA to solve research issues impacting the Agency’s programs/missions.

As indicated in the NOFO (see link above), the proposals in response to this NOFO must be submitted by the jurisdiction NASA EPSCoR director. Thereby, we are opening this opportunity to all interested researchers in Puerto Rico. The local pre-proposals received by January 31, 2022, will be evaluated by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) in order to choose the one(s) to be submitted to NASA. We can submit one proposal per topic. The topics of interest are detailed in the Appendices of the NOFO. The pre‑proposals recommended by the TAC will be then prepared to be submitted to NASA by March 15, 2022.

The format of the Rapid Response Research pre-proposals to be submitted to the local competition is as follows:

A. Proposal Title and Rapid Response Research Topic

B. Research Team: Science PI, Co-Is, Collaborators and their affiliations

C. Project Summary (up to 4000 characters, including spaces)

D. Project Description (2-3 pages max)

E. References Cited

F. Curriculum Vitae

G. Budget Narrative and Details ($100K, cost-sharing is not required, one year)

Submission: Preproposals are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 18, 2022 via Submittable:

For more information contact: Dr. Gerardo Morell, PR NASA EPSCoR Director, email:

Technical Support: For technical questions or problems with the Submittable platform, technical support is available Monday-Friday, 9  am - 5 pm MST and can be reached at or 855-467-8264.

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