Amendment 14: F.19 Research Initiation Awards Final Text and Due Date

F.19 Research Initiation Awards (RIA) aims to broaden the base of institutions involved in the SMD research and technology development ecosystem. The program has two principal objectives:

  1. Enable investigators with no prior or recent research funding to pursue research at institutions underrepresented in the SMD ecosystem to initiate activities that, over the course of a two-year period, will provide the foundation for a competitive, sustainable, and productive program of research.
  2. Enable undergraduate students affiliated with the proposing investigator to perform cutting-edge research in an SMD-relevant field. Funding for undergraduate students is a required element of the proposed project.

RIA has the following eligibility requirements:

  • First, the proposing institution may not be a “Doctoral University with Very High Research Activity” (i.e., an R1 institution) according to the Carnegie Classification guide.
  • Second, the PI may not have received federal funding as PI of a project that is related to the proposed research activities within the last five years (with exceptions described in Section 2.2).

RIA proposals must be relevant to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate research goals. The proposed candidate investigation(s) may be analytical, experimental, observational, computational, theoretical, or use data analytical approaches. An RIA award, including indirect costs, must not exceed $300,000 for a duration of 24 months, and the funding may be split in uneven amounts for each of the two years. This program will evaluate proposals using dual-anonymous peer review.

This amendment releases final text for F.19 RIA, which had been listed as "TBD". Neither an NOI nor Step-1 proposal is requested. Proposals are due August 15, 2024.

A proposer's overview webinar is scheduled for June 6, 2024, from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Those who register at will receive a Zoom calendar invitation that will be updated with connect information. To submit questions prior or during the webinar, please register for the event and use!/dashboard to submit questions. All questions will be submitted anonymously and may be upvoted.

Questions concerning F.19 RIA may be directed to Maggie Yancey at

On or about May 16, 2024, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2024" (NNH24ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at

Keep Exploring

Discover More Topics From NASA