2021 Funding Opportunity for KISS-Related Space Topics 2021 Funding Opportunity for KISS-Related Space Topics

Release Date: April 8, 2021

Proposal Due Date: May 3, 2021


Donors supporting space science and engineering at Caltech have made it possible to solicit opportunities through the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) to fund 1-2 grants totaling approximately $200k (direct cost) to carry out technical development efforts that meet the following criteria:

  1. funding is designated for efforts on Campus with Campus personnel that support innovative approaches for space exploration, and
  2. topic area must be related to a KISS study.

The proposal categories include:

  1. ≤ $100k (direct cost) proposal with a period of performance of ≤ 2 years. (up to two proposals may be accepted in this category)
  2. ≤ $200k (direct cost) proposal with a period of performance of ≤ 2 years. (up to one proposal may be accepted in this category)

Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation must have a Caltech Campus Principal Investigator (PI) who is a member of the faculty. Special consideration will be given to proposals which support the work of graduate students and postdocs.

Proposal Requirements

Proposals can be in any format, but are required to provide the information outlined below and are limited to two pages in length. If references are required, they may be provided outside of the 2-page limit.

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Program Description and Rationale (2-page limit)

  • Statement of the proposal goal
  • Description of how the proposal will impact the future of space and/or solar system science or engineering
  • Expected outcome within period of performance
  • List of personnel involved (may include key individuals from JPL and other institutions who are not funded by this proposal).

Proposals must be submitted to by May 3, 2021.

Deliverables and Requirements

A brief final report is due at the completion of the period of performance in the award letter.
If requested, a short presentation of the results of the work shall be given to the donors.
This award must be acknowledged appropriately in all publications referencing the work. If selected, an acknowledgement statement will be provided.

Additional Proposal/Budget Information

  • Diversity of proposal team is encouraged.
  • You do not need to provide a formal budget with the proposal itself. If selected, you will be asked to provide a budget at that time.
  • Tuition remission rate is 66%.
  • Benefit rate is 27.2%.
  • The funding is in direct cost, i.e. there will be no overhead as this will be deducted prior to your receipt of funds.
  • JPL (and other Institutions) can participate as a consultant/advisor or can show linkages at their organization that complement that Campus work proposed – funding should not go to non-Campus organizations through a sub-award.
  • There is no need to route this through the Division as the Division Chairs are part of the approval process.
  • This does not need to go through the Office of Sponsored Research.
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