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SALMON-2 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) Instruments

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published August 29, 2016
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) Advanced Explorations Systems (AES) Division anticipates making opportunities available for a limited number of instruments to be Ride Share Payloads on the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO). Supported by their National Policy plan, the Republic of South Korea, through the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), has created a goal to robotically explore the moon and has established a lunar program called Korea Lunar Exploration Program (KLEP). KARI intends on launching KPLO followed by a lunar lander including a lunar surface rover, and another orbiter by 2020. The first mission would be the launch of the KPLO in December, 2018 on a technology demonstration and science mission into lunar orbit. KARI is in partnership with NASA to provide ride share for NASA sponsored payloads on the KPLO mission. This solicitation calls for proposals for complete Principal Investigator led (PI-led) science investigations requiring spaceflight instrument development. Proposals should target scientific investigations that provide better understanding of the lunar resources that could be economically viable for the purposes of In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). This opportunity solicits flight instruments that do not require significant technology development. When deployed on the KPLO mission, these spaceflight instruments will be used to conduct innovative, integrated, hypothesis- or question-driven investigations addressing the Strategic Knowledge Gaps (SKGs) associated with Lunar Volatiles. More information on NASA's exploration SKGs can be found at nasa.gov/exploration/library/skg.html. This AO is open to any category of organizations or institutions, U.S or non-U.S. Specific categories of organizations and institutions that are welcome to respond include, but are not limited to, educational, industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. Refer to Section 4.2 of the SALMON-2 AO (http://go.nasa.gov/2aWF2yQ) for the full rules on participation policy.  

University Leadership Initiative (ULI)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published April 21, 2016  -  Deadline June 7, 2016
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On or about April 19, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) is releasing a solicitation entitled University Leadership Initiative Announcement of Opportunity (AO). Upon the release date, the full text will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/. This initiative allows universities and university-led partnerships to provide strategic leadership that advances ARMD's research objectives and promotes education of the next generation of engineers. Proposers will identify technical challenges and research activities that will contribute to the six strategic thrusts provided in the ARMD Strategic Implementation Plan. Participation is open to all U.S. educational institutions. NOIs are due May 5, 2016 and Step-A proposals are due June 7, 2016.

NASA Draft Announcement of Opportunity for New Frontiers Program

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published August 9, 2016  -  Deadline September 30, 2016
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This community announcement is an advance notice of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) plan to release a Draft Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for the New Frontiers Program mission investigations with a target release date of August 2016. The New Frontiers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations in SMD's planetary programs under a not-to-exceed cost cap for the PI-Managed Mission Cost (PMMC). At the conclusion of Phase A concept studies, it is planned that one New Frontiers investigation will be selected to continue into subsequent mission phases. New Frontiers Program investigations must address NASA's planetary science objectives as described in 2014 NASA Strategic Plan and the 2014 NASA Science Plan. Both documents are now available at http://science.nasa.gov/about-us/science-strategy/. Investigations are limited to six mission themes (listed without priority):• Comet Surface Sample Return,• Lunar South Pole-Aitken Basin Sample Return,• Ocean Worlds (Titan and/or Enceladus),• Saturn Probe,• Trojan Tour and Rendezvous, and• Venus In Situ Explorer. Investigations may propose the use of up to three Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators MMRTG) and/or Radioisotope Heater Units (RHUs). The costs for the use of these systems and materials will be included in the draft AO and must be included in the PMMC. Launch Vehicle costs and procurement will be the responsibility of NASA. A standard launch performance capability will be defined and provided as GFE and its cost will not be included in the PMMC. The cost of mission specific and special launch services, such as for higher performance launch vehicles or the use of nuclear materials, is the responsibility of the PI and must be included within the PMMC. The value of foreign contributions remains constrained as was done for the recent Discovery Program AO. The total value of foreign contributions may not exceed one-third of the PMMC, and the value of foreign contributions to the science payload may not exceed one-third of the total payload cost. On or about August 9, 2016, NASA will release a draft of the New Frontiers AO. The draft AO will be based on the recent Discovery AO as well as the Standard PI-led Mission AO Template available at http://soma.larc.nasa.gov/standardao/index.html. Proposers should read the Draft New Frontiers AO carefully when it is released. NASA has not approved the issuance of the New Frontiers AO and this notification does not obligate NASA to issue the AO and solicit proposals. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to this notification or the planned Draft New Frontiers AO are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk. The time frame for the solicitation is intended to be: Release of draft AO August 2016Comment period closes ~6 weeks after draft AO release Release of final AO January 2017 (target) Proposals due April 2017 Further information will be posted on the New Frontiers Program Acquisition Page at http://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/ as it becomes available. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Curt Niebur, New Frontiers Program Lead Scientist, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, Washington, DC 20546; Tel.: (202) 358-0390; Email: curt.niebur@nasa.gov.

Draft Announcement of Opportunity for Astrophysics Explorers Program 2016 Medium Explorer (MIDEX) Missions Released for Community Comment

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published July 14, 2016  -  Deadline August 4, 2016
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On or about July 14, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a draft solicitation for community review and comment: the Draft 2016 Astrophysics Medium Explorer (MIDEX) Announcement of Opportunity (AO). Upon the release date, the full text will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/. The Astrophysics Explorers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations relevant to SMD's astrophysics programs. Explorer investigations must address NASA's goals to discover the origin, structure, evolution, and destiny of the Universe and search for Earth-like planets. Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. The comment period for the Draft 2016 MIDEX AO ends on August 4, 2016. The issuance of the Draft 2016 Medium Astrophysics Explorers AO does not obligate NASA to issue the 2016 Astrophysics Medium Explorer (MIDEX) AO and solicit proposals. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to this draft solicitation are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk. Comments on the draft may be addressed by E-mail to the Astrophysics Explorers Program Scientist: Dr. Wilton T. Sanders, E-mail: wilton.t.sanders@nasa.gov (subject line to read "MIDEX AO"). Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and also posted weekly at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the Astrophysics Explorers Program Acquisition website at http://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/APMIDEX2016/MIDEX/; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

Announcement of Opportunity for Heliophysics Explorers Program 2016 Small Explorer (SMEX)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published July 13, 2016  -  Deadline October 14, 2016
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On or about July 13, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a solicitation: the 2016 Small Heliophysics Explorer (SMEX) Announcement of Opportunity (AO). Upon the release date, the full text will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/. The Heliophysics Explorers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations relevant to SMD's Heliophysics programs. Heliophysics Explorer investigations must address NASA's goals to understand the sun and its interactions with the Earth and solar system, including space weather. Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. The issuance of the 2016 Small Heliophysics Explorer AO does not obligate NASA to any specific proposal selection. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to any of these solicitations are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk. Schedule: Date for Preproposal Conference August 9, 2016 via WebExDue Date for Notice of Intent to Propose 11:59 pm Eastern Time on August 16, 2016Due Date for Proposals 11:59 pm Eastern Time on October 14, 2016 Questions on this AO may be addressed by E-mail to the Heliophysics Explorer Program Scientist: Dr. J. Daniel Moses, E-mail: Dan.Moses@nasa.gov (subject line to read "SMEX AO"). Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail.

Heliophysics 2016 Explorer Missions of Opportunity (MO) Program Element Appendix (PEA) Q for the Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) Announcement of Opportunity

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published July 13, 2016  -  Deadline October 14, 2016
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On or about July 13, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing an announcement of opportunity: the 2016 Heliophysics Explorer Missions of Opportunity (MO) Program Element Appendix (PEA) for the Second Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) AO. Upon the release date, the full text will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com. The Heliophysics Explorers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations relevant to SMD's Heliophysics programs. Explorer investigations must address NASA's goals to understand the Sun and its interactions with the Earth and solar system, including space weather. Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. The issuance of the 2016 Heliophysics Explorer MO PEA does not obligate NASA to any specific selection. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to any of these solicitations are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk. Schedule: Date for Preproposal Conference August 9, 2016 via WebExDue Date for Notice of Intent to Propose 11:59 pm Eastern Time on August 16, 2016Due Date for Proposals 11:59 pm Eastern Time on October 14, 2016 Questions on this solicitation may be addressed E-mail to the Heliophysics Explorer Program Scientist: Dr. J. Daniel Moses, E-mail: Dan.Moses@nasa.gov (subject line to read "Heliophysics Explorer MO Solicitation"). Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

Draft AO for Astrophysics Explorers Missions of Opportunity Released for Community Comment

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published July 21, 2016  -  Deadline August 11, 2016
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On or about July 21, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a draft solicitation for community review and comment: the Draft 2016 Astrophysics Explorers Missions of Opportunity (MO) Program Element Appendix (PEA) R for the Second Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) AO. Upon the release date, the full text will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/. The Astrophysics Explorers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations relevant to SMD's astrophysics programs. Explorer investigations must address NASA's goals to discover the origin, structure, evolution, and destiny of the Universe and search for Earth-like planets. Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. The comment period for the Draft 2016 Astrophysics Explorers MO PEA R ends on August 11, 2016. The issuance of the Draft 2016 Astrophysics Explorers MO PEA does not obligate NASA to issue a 2016 Astrophysics Explorers MO PEA and solicit proposals. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to this draft solicitation are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk. Comments on the draft may be addressed by E-mail to the Astrophysics Explorer Program Scientist, Dr. Wilton T. Sanders, E-mail: wilton.t.sanders@nasa.gov (subject line to read "2016 MO"). Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and also posted weekly at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the Astrophysics Explorer Program Acquisition website at http://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/APMIDEX2016/MO/; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved. Point of Contact: Dr. Wilton T. SandersAstrophysics Explorers Program ScientistPhone: 202-358-1319FAX: 202-358-3062E-mail: wilton.t.sanders@nasa.gov

Draft Announcement of Opportunity for Small Heliophysics Explorer Missions Released for Community Comment

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published March 10, 2016  -  Deadline April 8, 2016
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On or about March 11, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a draft solicitation for community review and comment entitled Draft 2016 Small Heliophysics Explorer (SMEX) Announcement of Opportunity (AO). Upon the release date, the full text will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.The Heliophysics Explorers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations relevant to SMD's astrophysics programs. Explorer investigations must address NASA's goals to understand the sun and its interactions with the Earth and solar system, including space weather.Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.The comment period for the Draft 2016 SMEX AO ends on April 8, 2016.The issuance of the Draft 2016 Small Heliophysics Explorer AO does not obligate NASA to issue the 2016 Small Explorer AO and solicit proposals. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to any of these draft solicitations are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk.Comments on the draft may be addressed in writing or by E-mail to the Heliophysics Explorer Program Scientist: Dr. Jeffrey Newmark, Heliophysics Division, Mail Suite 3M81, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546-0001, E-mail: jeffrey.newmark@nasa.gov (subject line to read "SMEX AO"). Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and also posted weekly at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the Heliophysics Explorer Program Acquisition website at http://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/HPSMEX/; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

Draft Announcement of Opportunity for the Heliophysics Explorer Missions of Opportunity Released for Community Comment

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published March 10, 2016  -  Deadline April 8, 2016
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On or about March 11, 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a solicitation for community review and comment entitled Draft 2016 Heliophysics Explorer Missions of Opportunity (MO) Program Element Appendix (PEA) for the Second Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) AO. Upon the release date, the full text will be available at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/. The Heliophysics Explorers Program conducts Principal Investigator (PI)-led space science investigations relevant to SMD's Heliophysics programs. Explorer investigations must address NASA's goals to understand the sun and its interactions with the Earth and solar system, including space weather. Participation is open to all categories of organizations or institutions, U.S. or non-U.S., including educational, industrial, and not-for-profit institutions, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies. The comment period for the Draft 2016 Heliophysics Explorer MO PEA ends on April 8, 2016. The issuance of the Draft 2016 Heliophysics Explorer MO PEA does not obligate NASA to issue a 2016 Heliophysics Explorer MO PEA and solicit proposals. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to any of these draft solicitations are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk. Comments on the draft may be addressed in writing or by E-mail to the Heliophysics Explorer Program Scientist: Dr. Jeffrey Newmark, Heliophysics Division, Mail Suite 3M81, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546-0001, E-mail: jeffrey.newmark@nasa.gov (subject line to read "SMEX AO"). Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and also posted weekly at the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the Heliophysics Explorer Program Acquisition website at http://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/HPSMEX/; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

A--NASA-GSFC-UCLA-DIVINER-PHASE-E-EXTENSION

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center | Published December 24, 2014  -  Deadline January 8, 2015
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has a requirement for the continuation of Contract NNG09EK06C with the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) for the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (DLRE) Investigation on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Mission. UCLA is currently performing both the instrument operations management, which includes instrument operations planning, scheduling, and engineering parameter review and trending, as well as the science operations which includes planning all instrument modes, table loads, calibrations and data dissemination to the co-investigators and to the general scientific community through the Planetary Data System (PDS). NASA/GSFC intends to issue a sole-source Request for Proposal (RFP) to UCLA. The estimated period of performance of this cost-no-fee (CNF) contract extension will be for 2-years from March 16, 2015 through March 15, 2017. The UCLA, in conjunction with their partner at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), is the only organization currently qualified to perform the subject requirement for the following reasons: 1) This procurement will enable the science and flight operations activities to be merged and carried out at UCLA with a substantial university undergraduate and graduate student educational involvement. Only UCLA possesses the high level scientific expertise, the detailed knowledge of the DLRE instrument and LRO spacecraft, and the capability to carry out the targeting and operations in a manner in which the scientific operations and the flight operations can be merged; 2) Current DLRE team members are unique in their familiarity with the DLRE instrument design, testing and calibration as well as the LRO spacecraft. From 2005-2009, UCLA and JPL designed, fabricated, calibrated, tested, and integrated the DLRE instrument with the LRO spacecraft, including testing at the Spacecraft level after spacecraft integration. Under contract NNG09EK06C, UCLA has successfully carried out the science operations and science analysis of the DLRE instrument on the LRO spacecraft since the LRO launch in June 2009. Dr. David Paige, of UCLA, is a leading expert in his field of planetary geophysics and was selected by NASA Headquarters to lead this investigation, based on an evaluation of his proposal submitted under the Announcement of Opportunity for exploration measurements in NASAs LRO Mission (AO NNH04ZSS003O). The DLRE instrument is a state-of-the-art, one-of-a-kind instrument. In addition, UCLA led the development of unique software and processes for: testing the instruments on-orbit, creating the operational table loads, processing the raw data so that scientists can manipulate, display, and analyze the scientific data received, and producing summary data. This effort requires the detailed understanding of the instrument and all related software; 3) UCLA scientists have led the effort, in the community, to analyze the images and data products from the DLRE Instrument, and are currently the only organization with the capability to carry out the combined scientific and instrument operations in conjunction with the educational opportunities. This effort requires the detailed understanding of the instrument and all related software. Since no other organization was involved with these activities on an in-depth level, no other organization currently has the knowledge and experience to perform the requirement. Statutory authority for this procurement is 10 U.S.C. 304(c)(1)--Only One Responsible Source. However, organizations who believe they can provide these services without any detrimental impact to the program schedules supported by this work should fully identify their interest and capabilities within 15 days after publication of this synopsis. Interested organizations may submit their capabilities and qualifications to perform the effort in writing to the identified point of contact not later than 4:30 p.m. local time on January 8, 2015. Such capabilities/qualifications will be evaluated solely for the purpose of determining whether or not to conduct this procurement on a competitive basis. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed effort on a full and open competition basis, based upon responses to this notice, is solely within the discretion of the government. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. See Note 26. An Ombudsman has been appointed. See NASA Specific Note "B". Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Space Technology Research Institutes Appendix

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published May 25, 2016  -  Deadline June 10, 2016
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The purpose of this notice is to provide potential offerors opportunities to provide comments on the draft Appendix.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters is issuing a Draft Appendix entitled "Space Technology Research Institutes" to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2016 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2016) for comment. The Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multidisciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the wider aerospace community. The institutes construct allows for the participation of experts from a wide range of fields and organizations in a single distributed research structure, enabling greater progress and benefit for all involved. Research institutes facilitate a more sustained and coordinated set of research and development efforts than typically arise from separate solicitations and individual research grants. In addition, because the institute maintains this focus for an extended period, more effective and substantial research progress is envisioned for the featured research areas. An awarded institute will typically be 5 years in duration and up to $15M total over the 5-year period. Only U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals; teaming with other universities is required, and teaming with non-profit entities and industry is permitted. See draft Appendix section 3.0 for full list of eligibility requirements. The award instrument will be a grant. The complete draft Appendix is attached. The purpose of the draft Appendix is to solicit comments and questions on the subject requirement prior to issuance of the final Appendix. Questions/comments are strongly encouraged from potential offerors on all aspects of the draft Appendix. The input to the draft Appendix will be considered in formulating the final Appendix. The Government is not requesting proposals in response to this draft Appendix, does not intend to make an award on the basis of this draft Appendix or to pay for any information received regarding this draft Appendix. The anticipated release date of the final Appendix is on or about July 1, 2016 with an anticipated closing date for preliminary proposals of on or about July 28, 2016 and full proposals due on or about October 24, 2016. Only invited offerors can submit full proposals. The firm date for receipt of preliminary proposals will be stated in the final Appendix.The final Appendix and any documents related to this procurement will be available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ by selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting "Space Technology Research Institutes."It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the final Appendix and amendments (if any). All contractual and technical questions must be submitted in writing to HQ-STMD-STRI@mail.nasa.gov Telephone questions will not be accepted.

Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies Draft Appendix

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published June 28, 2016  -  Deadline July 25, 2016
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters is issuing a Draft Appendix entitled "Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies" to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2016 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2016). The purpose of this notice is to announce an opportunity for potential offerors to submit comments on the draft Appendix. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) continues to embrace public-private partnerships to achieve its strategic goals for expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. A key aspect of NASA's strategy is to stimulate the commercial space industry while leveraging those same commercial capabilities through public-private partnerships to deliver technologies and capabilities needed for future NASA, other government agency, and commercial missions. With the recent increase of U.S. private sector companies interested in space applications, NASA is seeking commercial space technologies that are at a "tipping point" in their development cycle. For the purpose of this Appendix, a space technology is at a tipping point if an investment in a ground development/demonstration or a flight demonstration will result in a significant advancement of the technology's maturation, and a high likelihood for utilization of the technology in a commercial space application, and a significant improvement in the offerors' ability to successfully bring the space technology to market. This Appendix is seeking U.S. industry led proposals to advance "tipping point" space technologies, executed through firm-fixed-price contracts with milestone payments. See draft Appendix section 3.0 for full list of eligibility requirements/restrictions. The award instrument will be a firm-fixed-price contract with milestone payments tied to technical achievement. The complete draft Appendix is attached. The purpose of the draft Appendix is to solicit industry comments and questions prior to issuance of the final Appendix. Questions/comments are strongly encouraged from potential offerors on all aspects of the draft Appendix. The industry input to the draft Appendix will be considered in formulating the final Appendix. NASA is not requesting proposals in response to this draft Appendix, does not intend to make an award on the basis of this draft Appendix or to pay for any information received regarding this draft Appendix. The anticipated release date of the final Appendix is on or about August 10, 2016 with an anticipated closing date of on or about September 29, 2016. The date for receipt of proposals will be stated in the final Appendix. A Virtual Industry Forum will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. NASA will provide an overview of the solicitation and provide preliminary feedback on the questions and comments received to date. Potential offerors will also be given a chance to ask questions or make comments. More information about the Virtual Industry Forum will be provided in the draft Appendix. Questions and comments on the draft Appendix will be accepted through July 25, 2016. However, offerors are highly encouraged to submit questions/comments before July 12 in order for the questions/comments to be addressed at the Virtual Industry Forum. All questions and comments must be submitted in writing to HQ-STMD-TippingPointAppendix@nasaprs.com The final Appendix and any documents related to this procurement will be available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ by selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting "Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies."It is the offeror's responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the final Appendix and amendments (if any).

A--SPACETECH-REDDI-15 NRA APPENDIX UTILIZING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO ADVANCE TIPPING POINT TECHNOLOGIES

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published May 14, 2015  -  Deadline August 20, 2015
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Description The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters, anticipates a release of a solicitation, titled "Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies," as an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) NASA Research Announcement (NRA), titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion - 2015 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2015)," on or about May 21, 2015. Once the Appendix is posted, the complete solicitation (to include due dates) can be accessed via the following steps: 1. Open the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ 2. Select "Solicitations" 3. Select "Open Solicitations" 4. Select "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion - 2015 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2015) NNH15ZOA001N" 5. Select "List of Open Program Elements" and select the appropriate link. With this Appendix, NASA continues to embrace public-private partnerships to achieve its strategic goals for expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. With the recent increase of U.S. private sector companies interested in space applications, NASA is seeking commercial space technologies that are at a "tipping point" in their development. For the purpose of this Appendix, a space technology is at a tipping point if an investment in a ground development / demonstration or a flight demonstration will result in a significant advancement of the technology's maturation, a high likelihood for utilization of the technology in a commercially fielded space application, and a significant improvement in the offerors' ability to successfully bring the space technology to market. NASA is interested in advancing these new capabilities to a point that industry would develop and qualify them for market without further government investments. These technologies should have a substantial benefit to both the commercial and government sectors once the validation/demonstration project completes. NASA does not envision supporting the final qualification and acceptance of operational systems, but instead views STMD's role as providing support for key system-level development and demonstration beyond which industry could proceed without additional government investments. The following topics are anticipated: Topic 1: Robotic In-Space Manufacturing and Assembly of Spacecraft and Space Structures Topic 2: Low Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) Instruments for Remote Sensing Applications Topic 3: Small Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control (ADC) Sensors and Actuators Topic 4: Small Spacecraft Propulsion Systems Proposed efforts to this Appendix must be led by U.S. industry. The offeror may propose any teaming arrangement (e.g. academia, non-profit, FFRDC, NASA civil servants, JPL) that optimizes the potential for rapid development and infusion of the space technology. Partnerships with NASA civil servants and Jet Propulsion Laboratory employees are highly encouraged. It is anticipated the resultant awards will be firm fixed price contracts that will require a minimum 25 percent corporate or customer contribution. All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES by an authorized organizational representative (AOR). Detailed submission instructions are provided in the SpaceTech-REDDI-2015 NRA, as well as the Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) or Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) (Edition January 2015). Potential proposers and their proposing organizations are urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system, ensure they are registered in NSPIRES, and submit the required proposal materials well in advance of the deadline. Interested proposers should monitor the NSPIRES website or subscribe to the electronic notification system for release of the SpaceTech-REDDI-2015 Appendices. Technical, programmatic, and procurement comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to HQ-STMD-TippingPointAppendix@nasap rs.com . Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the Appendix; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

A--EARLY CAREER FACULTY {ECF}

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published February 25, 2015  -  Deadline April 17, 2015
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled Early Career Faculty (ECF), as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2015 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2015), on February 25, 2015. The solicitation is available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ , selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting "Early Career Faculty (ECF). STMD, and the Space Technology Research Grants Program in particular, seek proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of faculty members beginning their independent careers. This solicitation is focused on supporting outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers as they conduct space technology research of high priority to NASAs Mission Directorates and STMD. NASA is seeking proposals that plan to pursue innovative, early-stage space technology research in the topic areas specifically enumerated in the solicitation. Our Nations universities couple fundamental research with education, encouraging a culture of innovation based on the discovery of knowledge. Universities are, therefore, ideally positioned to both conduct fundamental space technology research and diffuse newly-found knowledge into society at large through graduate students and industrial, government, and other partnerships. STMD investments in space technology research at U.S. academic institutions promote the continued leadership of our universities as an international symbol of the country's scientific innovation, engineering creativity, and technological skill. Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals on behalf of their outstanding new faculty members who intend to develop academic careers related to space technology. The proposed research project must be led by a single, eligible Principal Investigator (PI). The PI must be a recent Ph.D. recipient, defined as having graduated on or after, 2008. The PI must be an untenured Assistant or Associate Professor on the tenure track at the sponsoring U.S. university at the time of award. The PI must be a U.S. citizen or have lawful status of permanent residency (i.e., holder of a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, also referred to as a Green Card). A PI may submit only one proposal in response to this solicitation. The PI may not be a current or former recipient of a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award. The PI must be the primary researcher on the effort. Co-Investigators are not permitted. Collaborators are permitted. NASA encourages submission of ECF proposals on behalf of early career faculty members at all institutions and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. The financial and programmatic support for ECF comes from the Space Technology Research Grants Program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Awards are planned to start in fall 2015. NASA plans to make approximately 6-8 awards as a result of this ECF solicitation, subject to the receipt of meritorious proposals. The actual number of awards will depend on the quality of the proposals received; NASA reserves the right to make no awards under this solicitation. All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES or through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) by an authorized organizational representative. Notices of Intent (not mandatory) are due by March 20, 2015. Proposals are due on or before April 17, 2015. Detailed submission instructions are provided in the solicitation. Potential proposers and their proposing organizations are urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system(s), ensure they are registered in NSPIRES, and submit the required proposal materials well in advance of the deadline. Technical and programmatic comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to the Space Technology Research Grants Program Executive, Claudia Meyer, at hq-ecf-call@mail.nasa.gov . Procurement questions may be addressed by e-mail to the procurement point of contact on this solicitation, Carl T. Weih, at hq-ecf-call@mail.nasa.gov . Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

EARLY CAREER FACULTY (ECF)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published February 12, 2016  -  Deadline April 1, 2016
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled Early Career Faculty (ECF), as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2016 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2016), on February 11, 2016. The solicitation is available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ , selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting "Early Career Faculty (ECF)." STMD, and the Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program in particular, seek proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of faculty members beginning their independent careers. This solicitation is focused on supporting outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers as they conduct space technology research of high priority to NASA's Mission Directorates and STMD. NASA is seeking proposals that plan to pursue innovative, early-stage space technology research in the topic areas specifically enumerated in the solicitation. Our Nation's universities couple fundamental research with education, encouraging a culture of innovation based on the discovery of knowledge. Universities are, therefore, ideally positioned to both conduct fundamental space technology research and diffuse newly-found knowledge into society at large through graduate students and industrial, government, and other partnerships. STMD investments in space technology research at U.S. academic institutions promote the continued leadership of our universities as an international symbol of the country's scientific innovation, engineering creativity, and technological skill. Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals on behalf of their outstanding new faculty members who intend to develop academic careers related to space technology. The proposed research project must be led by a single, eligible Principal Investigator (PI). The PI must be a recent Ph.D. recipient, defined as having his/her degree conferred on or after January 1, 2009. The PI must be an untenured Assistant Professor on the tenure track at the sponsoring U.S. university at the time of award. The PI must be a U.S. citizen or have lawful status of permanent residency. The PI must be the primary researcher on the effort; Co-Investigators are not permitted. Collaborators (other than NASA civil servants/JPL) are permitted. See the solicitation for complete requirements regarding eligibility and for definitions and restrictions regarding collaborators. A PI may submit only one proposal in response to this solicitation.NASA encourages submission of ECF proposals on behalf of early career faculty members at all institutions and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. The financial and programmatic support for ECF comes from the Space Technology Research Grants Program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Awards are planned to start in fall 2016. NASA plans to make approximately 6-8 awards as a result of this ECF solicitation, subject to the receipt of meritorious proposals. The actual number of awards will depend on the quality of the proposals received; NASA reserves the right to make no awards under this solicitation. All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES or through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) by an authorized organizational representative. Notices of Intent (highly encouraged, but not required) are due by March 4, 2016. Proposals are due on or before April 1, 2016. Detailed submission instructions are provided in the solicitation. Potential proposers and their proposing organizations are urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system(s), ensure they are registered in NSPIRES, and submit the required proposal materials well in advance of the deadline. Technical and programmatic comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to the Space Technology Research Grants Program Executive, Claudia Meyer, at hq-ecf-call@mail.nasa.gov. Procurement questions may be addressed by e-mail to the procurement point of contact on this solicitation, Kimberly Cone, at hq-ecf-call@mail.nasa.gov. Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.
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