Travel Funds:
Travel funds are assigned on a first come first serve basis, and subject to availability of funds.
To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • A student, faculty or staff participating in a PR NASA project. 
  • Travel directly related to the project.
  • If it is a conference, the traveler must have an accepted presentation.
  • If it is NASA Center, National Lab or Research Institution, the traveler must have an invitation letter stating the purpose and dates. 

The travel application will be evaluated in terms of the benefit to the project and broader impact. 

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: FY23 NASA EPSCoR International Space Station Flight Opportunity

It is a pleasure to notify the Puerto Rico Scientific Community about the 2023 NASA EPSCoR International Space Station (ISS) Flight Opportunity (announcement number NNH23ZHA010C).

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is for projects that are mature enough to develop a microgravity research payload to be sent to the International Space Station (ISS). Each selected NASA EPSCoR flight project shall perform scientific and/or technical research in areas that support NASA’s strategic research and technology development priorities. Proposals shall emphasize how a flight in microgravity will influence/improve the results/quality of any ground-based research.

Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of NASA’s Mission Directorates, and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction receiving funding.

Utilization of the ISS will further strengthen the relationships between NASA and the EPSCoR jurisdictions in the pursuit of national priorities for the advancement of science. This use of the ISS will also open new paths for the jurisdictions to compete for and win much larger spaceflight research projects.

The NOFO specifies the following:
• Each EPSCoR jurisdiction can submit ONE proposal.
• The maximum funding request per proposal is $100,000.
• There is no cost share requirement.

Interested research teams from Higher Education Institutions in Puerto Rico are invited to submit their PREPROPOSALS to the PR NASA EPSCoR Office. The preproposals will be evaluated by a review panel to determine the best candidate project to be developed into a full-fledged proposal.

Preproposal Components: Cover Page; Project Summary; Goals, Objectives, and Anticipated Results; Project Description, including: Intrinsic Merit of Microgravity Experiment, Feasibility, Time to Flight, Crew Time Requirements, Power Requirements, Physical Space Requirements; Curriculum Vitae of PI and Co-Is; Summary Budget.

Submission: Preproposals are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 via Submittable.

For more information contact: Dr. Gerardo Morell, PR NASA EPSCoR Director,  email: gerardo.morell@upr.edu

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 support@submittable.com or 855-467-8264.

The Puerto Rico Space Grant Fellowships and Scholarships Program is excited to announce that the application for August 2022 – May 2023 year is now open! 

The Puerto Rico Space Grant Fellowships and Scholarships Program fosters the participation of college students inspired to do research that will contribute to NASA’s missions of exploration.

Open across a variety of research fields, students in Puerto Rico have the opportunity to create and perform their own research plan with an advisor while receiving a stipend through the months of the project. If you’re currently enrolled in college as an undergrad or graduate student and hope to contribute solutions to NASA’s challenges then this opportunity is for you!

Requirements:

  • Must be US Citizen
  • Have minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Enrolled in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • undergraduate or graduate program in Puerto Rico.
  • Academic progress according to schedule
  • Curriculum Vitae of 1-2 pages (including peer-reviewed publications, proceedings, and presentations in local, national, and international conferences)
  • Two letters of recommendation (one from the research advisor/mentor)
  • Detailed Research Plan (3-5 pages) signed by applicant and research advisor.


The research plan must contain:

  • Title and Summary
  • Goals and Objectives
  • Relevance to NASA according to the NASA Technology Taxonomy
  • Rationale
  • Work Plan
  • Collaborations with NASA Centers and NASA Mission Directorates
  •  Milestones and Timeline for Aug 2022 – May 2023
  • References Cited


If selected, students will be offered a Stipend for the August 2022– May 2023 academic year, as follows:

Doctoral $1,700 per month

Master's $1,200 per month

Bachelor's $800 per month


There is also tuition assistance available of $1,500 for Doctoral and Master's students per semester.

Applications are open online until May 20, 2022 at 5pm through the Submittable platform.

For more information about the PR Space Grant Fellowships and Scholarships Program please contact Ms. Laura Quiñones, Project Manager, at laura.quinones7@upr.edu

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

Puerto Rico NASA Programs