REA (Research Enhancement Awards)


The LaSPACE Research Enhancement Awards (REA) Program is intended to provide support for faculty (and students) at LaSPACE member institutions, particularly aimed at the emerging researcher or an established researcher who wishes to pursue new research directions, for the development of projects, contacts, and collaborations that will bring Louisiana scientists into the mainstream of NASA related research activity, thereby increasing their chances to successfully compete in the aerospace R&D marketplace. As with all LaSPACE Programs, minority participation is strongly encouraged. The REA Program is funded by state matching funds, through the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund. The awards are intended to develop expertise and to contribute to research competitiveness. However, awards are not intended purely to support faculty salaries or student stipends. It is anticipated (and advised) that students will be involved in REA projects, but the overriding goal is the development of research capabilities and infrastructure in support of the country’s space/aerospace endeavors. In that regard, contacts/collaborations/ties to NASA centers and NASA researchers are strongly encouraged.

Program Summary

  • A Notice of Intent (NOI) to propose is required for the REA program. NOIs do not need to be routed for institutional approvals/signature the way the final proposal needs to be.
  • The overall goal for this Program is to effectively utilize the resources available through LaSPACE as incentive for faculty and students: 1) to develop research competitiveness, 2) to develop new research projects or directions, and 3) to foster collaborations with NASA researchers, federal laboratories, and with the business/industry community.
  • Only tenured, tenure-track, or research faculty at the level of Assistant/Research Professor or higher affiliated with LaSPACE campuses are eligible to apply. In cases where support is requested for visiting scientists, the application must be submitted by, and be the responsibility of, a LaSPACE institution faculty member. On ALL proposals, only one PI can be proposed. Additional personnel should be listed as researchers.

Proposal Submission Schedule

  • Submit all properly executed proposals via email as fully searchable pdf documents to by 11:59 pm on Friday, June 11, 2021.
  • Important Dates:
    • Proposal Release Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
    • NOI Due Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
    • Proposal Due Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
    • Anticipated Award Announcements: July 2021
    • Award Period of Performance: 09/01/2021 – 08/31/2022

Proposal Guidelines

Download Link (Word Document): LaSPACE_REA_Proposal_Guidelines_2021-2022

Download Link (PDF Document): LaSPACE_REA_Proposal_Guidelines_2021-2022