The intent of Oregon Space Grant’s Faculty Research Awards Program is to develop diverse, capable, and prepared human capital in aerospace related STEM disciplines by providing grants to OSGC faculty for scientific aerospace related research. Selected faculty research projects provide significant hands-on, authentic research opportunities for students. 

Awards of up to $40,000 are competitively awarded annually, subject to funding availability, to faculty at OSGC affiliated institutions.  Supported research must fit within the various areas of interest identified by NASA’s strategic framework and/or NASA’s mission directorates.

The call for proposals is currently closed.  Please check back for updates regarding future opportunities.  For planning purposes, a copy of the 2011 Call for Proposals is included at the bottom of this page.  Note that future calls are subject to change and this document should be used for reference only.

List of awardees and projects:


  • 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."