Transparent Spacer Pixle Transparent Spacer Pixle
VA Space Grant Logo
Red Pixel

New Investigator Program


Five faculty members from VSGC-member universities have received the New Investigator Program award of $10,000 each for the 2016-2017 cycle. The New Investigator Program award is designed to strengthen Virginia's research infrastructure and to provide start-up funding for new faculty members who have yet to become established researchers. Geared to faculty who are conducting research directly aligned with NASA's mission, the program targets those who are in the first five years of their academic career. Faculty who submit a proposal must be qualified to serve as the principal investigator at their respective institutions. Proposals are reviewed by a panel of VSGC member university representatives and NASA experts.

Since 2009, a total of $320,000 has been awarded to 32 faculty members!


Recipients for the 2016-2017 program cycle are:

Dr. James T. Burns
University of Virginia - Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Correlating FIB/TEM and HR-EBSD Representations of the Plasticity Condition in the Near-Crack Tip Region of Structural Materials

Dr. Jermiah Still
Old Dominion University - Psychology
Exploring the Influence of Saliency on Visual Search Within Tablet Interfaces

Dr. Balsa Terzic
Old Dominion University - Physics
Feasibility Study of Remote Sensing by "Compton Sources"

Dr. Shane Davis
University of Virginia - Astronomy
Modeling Emission Spectra from Radiation

Dr. Dr. Cody H. Fleming
University of Virginia - Systems & Information Engineering
Towards a Methodology for Safety-Driven Analysis and Integration of Hetrogeneous, Autonomous Decision-Makers in the National Airspace

The request for proposals for the 2017-2018 cycle is due February 27, 2017.

Please contact Dr. Tysha Sanford, tsanford@odu.edu/(757)766-5210, if you have any questions.