The OSCG Faculty Research Award Program supports aerospace- and space science-related research that cultivates collaboration and engages the research culture to better guide students in pursuit of STEM careers. The goal of the program is to provide a mutually beneficial opportunity that facilitates progress toward a faculty member’s research while addressing NASA’s top research priorities and areas of emphasis to advance the agency’s mission. The Faculty Research Award program should simultaneously provide unique, experiential learning opportunities for students to engage in faculty research. OSGC is accepting faculty research proposals that strategically align with NASA Office of STEM Engagement focus areas and NASA Mission Directorates.

The 2024-2025 Faculty Research Award Program is NOW OPEN. Proposals due Friday, April 12, 2024 11:59pm ET.

Faculty from OSGC higher education affiliate member institutions are invited to submit proposals. A total of $110,000 will be competitively awarded through the Faculty Research Award program for the period of performance May 1, 2024 - February 21, 2025. OSGC’s ability to make awards is contingent upon the availability of appropriated funds from NASA Office of STEM Engagement.

Click here for the Request for Proposals

Past awardees and projects:


  • Dr. Mike Springer and Dr. Aaron Coyner | Southwestern Oregon Community College | "Providing Research Infrastructure in Space and Material Sciences (PRISMS)"


  • Dr. Jan Spitzbergen | Oregon State University | "Investigations into Zebra Fish Cataract Formation Following Exposure to Simulated Cosmic and Galactic Radiation Fields"


  • Dr. Greg Bothun | University of Oregon | "Detection of Thin Cirrus using a New Technique and The distribution of Supernova Occurrences in the Coma Cluster"


  • Dr. Vinod Naryanan | Oregon State University | "Enabling Self-propelled Condensate Flow during Phase-change Heat Rejection using Surface Texturing"


  • Dr. Sherry L. Cady | Portland State University | “Modern and Ancient Mars Analog Studies: Linking STEM Research, Training & Education
  • Dr. Mark M. Weislogel | Portland State University | “Oregon Microgravity Drop Tower Research


  • Dr. David Cann | Oregon State University | "High Temperature Piezoelectric Actuators"
  • Dr. Raul B. Cal | Portland State University | “Drag Reduction in Heated Favorable Pressure Gradient Turbulent Boundary Layers Under High levels of Free-Stream Turbulence


  • Dr. W. M. Hetherington | Oregon State University | "OSU Radio Telescope and PicoSatellite Projects"


  • Dr. Kenneth Funk and Dr. Robert Mauro | Oregon State University and University of Oregon | "Human Factors Issues of ADS-B and Cockpit Displays of Traffic Information"


  • Dr. Anthony A. Tovar | Eastern Oregon University | “Oregon STEM Enhancement with Education and Outreach
  • Dr. Peter Wu and Mr. Roger Linhart | Southern Oregon University | “A Balloon Launch Glider for High Altitude Experimentation
  • Dr. Greg Bothun | University of Oregon | "Research and Education at the Pine Mountain Observatory"