Research Initiation Grant (RIG)

The New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) Research Initiation Grant (RIG) is designed to provide seed funding to faculty who are conducting research that aligns with NASA Mission Directorates and NASA Field Centers. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to develop competitive research, technology projects, and programs for the solution of scientific and technical problems of importance to NASA. As is true with all NMSGC programs, participation by minorities, women, and persons with disabilities is strongly encouraged. This opportunity is open year-round; however, it is contingent upon grant funding availability and period of performance.

Application Submission
Submit application and all required elements in one combined PDF to

Click here for RIG Application Guidelines

Click here to download RIG Application

Applications are accepted at any time and are contingent upon funding. Please note that if awarded, the award process can take up to six weeks to be completed. If you have any questions, contact NMSGC at