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.

Applications: Open August-November

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 or Lawful Permanent Residents as defined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Awardees must be faculty at one of VSGC’s member institutions: Old Dominion University, William and Mary, Hampton University, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia.


Trandon Bender
Old Dominion University
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Probing Properties of Newly Prepared Polyethylene/Polar Co-Monomer Polymers.

Matt Grau
Old Dominion University
Department of Physics
Trapping lutetium ions for quantum computing.

Stephen Herwig
William & Mary
Department of Computer Science
Securing Communication on the Interplanetary Internet.

Dayla Ismael
Old Dominion University
Department of Engineering Technology
Using NASA Data to Create Immersive Virtual Experiences: An Approach to Building Infrastructure Resilience.

Oleksandr Kravchenko
Old Dominion University
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Multifunctional Structural Composites with Interlaminar Graphene for eVTOL Urban Air Mobility: from Fire Resistance and Lighting Strike Protection to EMI shielding

Christopher Monohan
William & Mary
Department of Physics
Heavy quarks: a window into the matter asymmetry in the early universe.