NASA has selected 10 university-led proposals for study of innovative, early-stage space technologies designed to improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems. Early stage, or low technology readiness level concepts, could mature into tools that solve the difficult challenges facing future NASA missions. Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science and human exploration missions. The 1-year grants are worth approximately $250,000 each, with an additional year of research possible.
There is one Pennsylvania university on the list:
Pennsylvania State University, University Park; "Integrated
control electronics for adjustable X-ray optics"