Future technologies & enabling plasma Processes


Building plasma science and engineering (PSE) research capacity in AL, including Low-Temperature Plasma (LTP) and space plasma science, in academic institutions and partners


Supporting undergraduate and graduate education, training, and research opportunities, and encouraging and enabling access to plasma physics for diverse populations


Creating new educational and outreach resources and plans for  K-12 students and teachers, promoting plasma science and engineering (PSE) and general STEM

Ftpp initiative

The NSF EPSCoR Future Technologies and Enabling Plasma Processes (FTPP) is a 10-member university and industry consortium. The project leverages Alabama’s laboratory and space plasma science expertise to contribute scientific knowledge, technologies, and workforce to Alabama’s aerospace, manufacturing, advanced materials, medical, bioscience, and agricultural sectors.

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Lead Institution: The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Principal Investigator: Dr. Gary P Zank
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This image presents the collaboration among the partners.


What is plasma?

Plasma is a state of matter consisting of a collection of ionized particles, electrically neutral atoms, and molecules. It makes up more than 90% of the observable universe and underpins several high-tech manufacturing industries. Familiar forms of plasma include the sun, stars, lightning, neon signs, television screen displays, welder’s torches, and rocket exhaust.

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Building research, education, economic, and workforce capacity through discoveries in space & lab plasma physics and creating innovative technologies.

Meet Syed Ayaz, CIPTA 2023 intern at FTPP and Ph.D. student at UAH, as he shares his story about breaking barriers in space science! From Waziristan to cutting-edge research, his journey is an inspiration to us all!💙 LINK IN BIO for the full article 🔗#SpaceScience #nsffunded #nsf #ftppal
⭐️✨What an incredible Saturday it was last weekend✨⭐️We’re still buzzing with excitement and gratitude for all of you who joined us at our Solar Eclipse Viewing event.A special thanks to UAH CSPAR and @imapspacemission who also helped make it all happen 🫶Stay tuned for some fun upcoming STEM events!#STEM #solareclipse #uahuntsville #FTPPAL #nsffunded
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 14th as we gather on the UAH campus to witness the magic of a partial solar eclipse. 🌒✨ Expect a day filled with thrilling eclipse activities, a solar viewing tent, Galileoscopes with sun funnels, and an unforgettable experience with solar viewers 🌟🗓️ October 14th, 2023
🕥 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
📍The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Charger Union breezeway/lawn, 4705 Holmes Ave Huntsville, AL 35899🔭 Don't miss out on this celestial spectacle! We can't wait to see you there! 🤩👀#FTPPAL #SolarEclipse #IMAP #NSFfunded
Join us for the @uahscience Women of Science: Distinguished Speaker Series at the Planetarium, U.S. Space & Rocket Center! 🔬The first guest speaker is Dr. Risa Wechsler, an astronomer from Stanford University. The event is FREE, secure your spot on Eventbrite with the link in our bio!🗓️October 24th, 2023
🕔5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
📍INTUITIVE® Planetarium at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL#WomenInScience
Unlocking the Sun's Scorching Secret! 🔥☀️ Solar Orbiter and Parker Solar Probe Join Forces to Crack the 65-Year-Old Mystery 🌟🔬See what our Director, Dr. Gary P. Zank, as well as other FTPP researchers who collaborated on this effort, had to say about this discovery. Link in our bio for the @europeanspaceagency press release!#SpaceScience #space #ftppfunded #ESA #ftppal #sun #NASA #parkersolarprobe #solarorbiter

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About the cooperative agreement

FTPP involves a partnership comprising nine universities and a research corporation in Alabama and is funded through Cooperative Agreement OIA-2148653 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through a Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-1 five-year grant within the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)*. The FTPP project is overseen by the Alabama EPSCoR Steering Committee.

* Disclaimer: The opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


Alabama becomes a world-renowned hub for PSE (Plasma Science Engineering) through developing transformative future technologies (such as advanced materials, food safety and sterilization, space weather prediction) and building foundational plasma science research and industry with a skilled workforce.


Our mission is to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our research, education, and workforce development initiatives. We are committed to creating a culture of belonging and respect, where individuals from all backgrounds are welcomed, supported, and empowered to participate fully in shaping our project’s work and impact.


FTPP will build research, education, economic, and workforce capacity in pursuit of making foundational discoveries in space and laboratory plasma physics and create future societally transformative technologies in the State of AL, utilizing Alabama’s statewide expertise in plasma science and technology.