New Investigator Program

The New Investigator Program is designed to strengthen Virginia’s research infrastructure by providing startup funding to Virginia Space Grant university personnel conducting research directly aligned with NASA’s research interests.

New Investigator Program (NIP)

This opportunity is available to those who have yet to become established researchers. Awardees must be tenure track faculty who are within the first five years of their academic careers and they must be U.S. citizens.

Current Awardees

Dr. Rachel E. O’Brien
College of William and Mary
Laboratory studies of brown carbon photolysis: photosensitized reactions to form reactive organic species and oxidized organic mixtures.


Dr. Richard Hale
Old Dominion University
Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences Department
A method for determining bathymetric change from synthetic aperture radar.


Dr. Elena Spinei Lindl
Virginia Tech
Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Total column bromine monoxide measurements.


Dr. Alexandrina Untaroiu
Virginia Tech
Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
Response Surface Mapping of Pressure Screen – Stream Vane Interaction on Downstream Flow Distortion Pattern

Any questions can be directed to Dr. Tysha Sanford:

Next Deadline: January 2019

More information coming soon.

Example Request for Proposals:

A printable pdf and more information about the program can be found here.


Dr Tysha Sanford at