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

Current Awardees

Dr. Sean Banaee
Old Dominion University
Environmental and Occupational Health
A novel model for evaluation of musculoskeletal disorders among visual display terminal (VDT) operators.


Dr. Sanket A. Deshmukh
Virginia Tech
Chemical Engineering
Development of predictive machine-learning models to accelerate the discovery of water-stable MOFs for carbon dioxide capture.


Dr. Hamid Eisazadeh
Old Dominion University
Engineering Technology
Additive manufacturing of large metal parts.


Dr. Joseph Meadows
Virginia Tech
Mechanical Engineering
Investigation of droplet dynamics in a lean direct injection combustion.


Dr. Xu Yi
University of Virginia
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Robust, turn-key microcomb platform for precision radial velocity measurement and exoplanet detection.

Any questions can be directed to Mary Sandy:

Deadline: Closed for 2020

Request for Proposals:

A request for proposal and more information about the program can be found at the following link: NIP RequestforProposal_2020.


Mary Sandy at