NASA Astrobiology Institute Minority Institution Research Support Program

Notices of Intent Due: Aug. 6; Proposals Due: Oct. 7

The NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program is intended to help train a new generation of researchers in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. This solicitation seeks proposals to continue the process of recruiting and retaining underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by involving faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in astrobiology research.

NASA is soliciting proposals from accredited US institutions of higher education, non-profit higher education professional organizations, and consortia of those types of organizations and institutions. Proposals from MSIs and non-profit organizations serving underrepresented students are strongly encouraged. Other organizations, including for-profit organizations, with a demonstrable capability to engage minority populations are also eligible to propose.

The period of performance for the award resulting from this solicitation is a maximum of four years. NASA expects to award one Cooperative Agreement to take effect on February 1, 2011. The estimated total value of the award is projected to be $0.8M – $1.0M.

The full text of the solicitation can be found at: The point-of-contact for all questions is Ms. Beatrice Morales at


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