The Iowa Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a federal-state partnership aimed at increasing Iowa’s national research competitiveness and building research and development capacity in Iowa. The Rapid Response Research(R3) funding is a collaborative effort between NASA EPSCoR programs and NASA mission Directorate Programs, to solve program and mission problems for NASA. The application for funding is an annual competitive process. For the NASA EPSCoR R3 FY2022 funding opportunity three Iowa state researchers and two researchers from the University of Iowa were selected for funding.
Iowa State Department of Aerospace Engineering T.A. Wilson Professor Ashraf Bastawros’ research proposal titled “Deformation and Flow Characterization of Composite Materials for LS-DYNAMIC MAT213 Model” has received funding.
Assistant Professor Todd Kingston of Iowa State’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Professor Jun Cui of Materials Science and Engineering were also among those in Iowa selected for their proposal “Exploiting Hydrodynamic Oscillations of Oscillating Heat Pipes for Thermomagnetic Power Generation from Low-grade Waste Heat”.
University of Iowa’s Assistant professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering Xuan Song’s research proposal “Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC): Additive Manufacturing of Zirconium Carbide using Pressure-assisted Precursor-Binder Jet” also received funding.
Professor Phillip Kaaret and Departmental Chair of University of Iowa’s Physics and Astronomy Department received funding for his research proposal “SMD Astrophysics: Proportional Counter for Absolute X-Ray Flux Calibration”
All award recipients will work with NASA representatives for the next year on the selected research proposals.
Interim Director Dr. Sara Nelson states “We are thrilled NASA has chosen three ISU researchers for this award. We look forward to working closely with NASA on these three innovative research proposals.”
The goal of the R3 program is to develop close collaborations among NASA, industry and university faculty to solve specific and current NASA research challenges. For more information on Rapid Response Research opportunities and further funding opportunities through Iowa EPSCoR click here.