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NASA RFI: Scientific Data and Computing Architecture to Support Open Science

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
January 5, 2023
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NASA RFI: Scientific Data and Computing Architecture to Support Open Science

NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) seeks information and community feedback on the current and future needs for the data and computing architecture that supports SMD-funded scientific processes and workflows.

The SMD Scientific Data and Computing Architecture Study currently is conducting a strategic evaluation of SMD’s data and computing infrastructure with the end goal of improving coordination of NASA’s computing capabilities to improve alignment with NASA Open-Source Science policies. Information about computing needs and use cases from this RFI will be essential in evolving NASA’s data and computing infrastructure to support Open Science.

Number: NNH23ZDA005L
Release Date: January 5, 2023
Response Date: February 21, 2023, 11:59pm Eastern time
Direct Short URL:

This RFI seeks responses from the broad and diverse spectrum of the scientific community, which includes a variety of disciplines and perspectives. This RFI is broadly open to responses from all U.S. and non-U.S. entities, e.g., industry, universities, non-profit organizations, individual researchers, NASA Centers, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, and U.S. and foreign government agencies. As stipulated in FAR 15.201(e), responses to the RFI are not considered offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract.

For the full text of the RFI and response instructions, visit the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at, choose/click on “Solicitations” at the top of the page, and on the next page input number “NNH23ZDA005L” in the search box or use the direct short URL listed above. In the event of any future lapses to the NASA operations, RFI respondents should visit NSPIRES, the official NASA source for this RFI.

SMD will host a virtual town hall to address questions about the RFI at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, January 26, 2023. The townhall will be held via WebEx and can be accessed via the following:

Webinar number: 2762 936 1057
Internet link to townhall:
The Webinar’s internet password: uT26mPfek$6
Telephone numbers: +1-929-251-9612 USA Toll, 2 +1-415-527-5035 US Toll.
The Webinar’s phone password: 88266733

All responses to this RFI must be submitted via NSPIRES. Please email questions and comments concerning this RFI to the Point of Contact’s email address listed below with the subject line: “NASA SMD D&CA RFI Question/Clarification.” Depending on the nature of received questions, SMD may respond on an individual basis by email or may post responses in a “Questions and Answers” (Q&A) document available on NSPIRES at Any posted Q&A will be edited to preserve the anonymity of persons and institutions who submit questions and are intended to address inquiries of broader interest and general clarification.

The following email address is not to be used for RFI response submissions; any RFI submissions made via email will not be considered.

Point of Contact (POC): Elena Steponaitis:

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