NASA in Kansas

Kansas NASA EPSCoR Program
Wichita State University
113B Wallace Hall
1845 Fairmount
Wichita, KS 67260-0044
Phone: 316-978-3890
Fax: 316-978-3307


Public Law 102-58, passed in 1992, initiated the NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities.

The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research. This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development. Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the NASA Space Grant Program.

Based on the availability of funding, NASA will continue to help jurisdictions achieve these goals through the NASA EPSCoR program. Funded jurisdictions will be selected through a merit-based, peer-reviewed competition.)

Kansas Strategic Interests

NASA Strategic Interests

The Vision for Space Exploration defines NASA’s Strategic Goals for the period 2006 through 2016. The 2006 Strategic Plan establishes the framework to advance NASA’s unique competencies in scientific and engineering systems to fulfill the Agency’s purpose and achieve the NASA Mission:

“To pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.”

Executive Committee

    Wichita State University, Lead Institution

        Contact: Dr. Scott Miller,

    Emporia State University

        Contact: Dr. Kim Simons,  

    Kansas State University

        Contact: Mary Lou Marino,

    Pittsburg State University

        Contact: Dr. Erik Mayer,

    University of Kansas

       Contact: Dr. Richard Hale,

“Some of the most exciting space education going on in this country is not coming out of Washington, or New York, or California, or even Texas. It’s coming from a place out in Kansas called the Kansas Cosmosphere.” —Eugene A. Cernan, Apollo 17 Astronaut and the last man to walk on the Moon.