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Astrobiology Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program for faculty from Minority Serving Institutions

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Academic Level:
Faculty & Administrators

The NASA Astrobiology Minority Institution Research Support (MSI) Program aims to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. Over the past ten years, the program has provided opportunities for faculty members and students from minority-serving institutions to partner with NASA Astrobiology-funded investigators.

The main objectives of the program is to engage more faculty from under-represented colleges and universities in astrobiology research and increase the number of students pursuing careers in astrobiology.

The eligible candidate must be:

-A faculty member at a US college or university designated by the US Department of Education as a Minority Serving Institution

-Qualified to conduct scientific research related to astrobiology

-A US Citizen or Permanent US Resident

The MIRS Program provides a stipend, travel allowance, and follow-up support for faculty from Minority Serving Institutions:

-Up to 10 weeks of support with a stipend of $1,000 per week

-Up to $5,000 for housing and travel

-An optional award of $10,000 following the sabbatical, intended to continue the research and involve students, and/or develop astrobiology laboratories or curriculum at the home institution.
portable funding

Application Deadline: 4/15/2017
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Participating Institution(s):
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NASA (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics
General Medical & Life Sciences


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This program is funded by:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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