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

Sophie Clayton
Old Dominion University
Ocean and Earth Sciences
Predicting vertically integrated chlorophyll and vertical chlorophyll distributions from remote sensing data in the Southern Mid Atlantic bight.


Riley M. Fitzgerald
Virginia Tech
Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
Improved intensity models for onboard orbit determination via eclipse transient timing.


Weijun Xie
Virginia Tech
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Fair data-driven optimization approaches for the emerging urban air mobility.


Kent Yagi
University of Virginia
Probing the nature of black holes with LISA.

Any questions can be directed to Mary Sandy:

Deadline: January 20, 2023

Request for Proposals:

Click here to access the New Investigator Program Request for Proposals document.


Julie Back, VSGC STEM Education Specialist,