Status Report

2014 NASA Research Announcement: MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO)

By SpaceRef Editor
November 13, 2014
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Synopsis – Nov 06, 2014


General Information


    Solicitation Number: NNH14ZHA001N-MIRO

    Posted Date: Nov 06, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Nov 06, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    FedGrants Posted Date: Nov 06, 2014

    Application Due Date Explanation: NNH14ZHA001N-MIRO Release Date: August 19, 2014

    Classification Code: A — Research and Development

    NAICS Code: 541712


Grant Specific Information


    Funding Instrument Type: Grant

    Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

    Funding Instrument Type: Other

    CFDA Number: 43.008

    Cost Sharing or Matching Required: No

    Estimated Total Program Funding: not available

    Expected Number of Awards: 9

    Ceiling Amount: none

    Floor Amount: none

    Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development (ST)

    Eligible Applicants: 25 – Others

     Minority Serving Institutions

    Link to Full Announcement:


Contracting Office Address


NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771




Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, and inter- or intra-agency transfers depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or project requirements. The period of performance for an award is up to 5 years. Note that it is NASA policy that all investigations involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds. Prospective proposers are requested to submit any questions in writing to no later than 10 business days before the proposal due date so that NASA will be able to respond. Every effort will be made to answer any questions received after that date, but there is no guarantee that an answer will be provided.


Only Minority Serving Universities that are legally recognized by the Department of Education are eligible to apply for this NASA Research Announcement (NRA). No later than the due date for proposals, proposers to this NRA are required to have:


1) a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, 2) a valid registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) [formerly known as the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)], 3) a valid Commercial And Government Entity (CAGE) Code, 4) a valid registration with NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) (this also applies to any entities proposed for subawards or subcontracts.)


Consult Appendix H Section H.2.1 regarding teaming requirements and partnership guidelines.


The mission of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education is to advance high quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education across the United States. To maximize these efforts, NASA has consolidated its education activities into the Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). MUREP supports training and development of students and faculty in STEM at targeted colleges and universities, and provides opportunities for research and education that attract and prepare increasing numbers of students for STEM careers. As an integral part of this mission, the MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO), previously University Research Centers (URC) is being established to strengthen and develop the research capacity and infrastructure of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in areas of strategic importance and value to NASA’s mission and national priorities. Overall, MIRO awards aim to promote STEM literacy and to enhance and sustain the capability of institutions to perform NASA-related research and education, which directly supports NASA’s four Mission Directorates – Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Space Operations, Science, and Space Technology.


The specific goals of MIRO awards are to: 1) Expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development by fostering new aerospace research and technology development concepts; 2) Develop mechanisms for increased participation by faculty and students at MSIs in the research programs of NASA’s Mission Directorates; 3) Increase the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded to students from MSIs in NASA-related fields.


Grantee institutions have the responsibility for budgeting and documenting compliance with Code of Federal Regulations, 14 CFRS1230, commonly referred to as “the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects.” Research to develop NASA-themed exhibits, programs, curriculum products, etc., may involve full human subjects review through an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or it may be exempt. An IRB also certifies when research is exempt.


Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity – MIRO may be categorized as both Science and Technology and other Research and Development (ST) and Education funded activity.


Every institution that intends to submit a proposal to this NRA, including the proposed prime award or any partner whether an informal education institution, other non-profit institutions, state and local Government agencies, and other organizations that will serve as subawardees or contractors, must be registered in NSPIRES. Electronic submission of proposals is required by the due date and must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. All principal investigators and other participants (e.g. co-investigators) must be registered in NSPIRES regardless of submission system. Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) of interest to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Electronic proposals may be submitted via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or via Organizations that intend to submit proposals via must be registered 1) with and 2) with NSPIRES.


Additional programmatic information for this NRA may develop before the proposal due date. If so, such information will be added as a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) or formal amendment to this NRA and posted on . It is the proposer’s responsibility to regularly check NSPIRES for updates to this NRA.


Point of Contact


    Name: Dr Oscar Murillo

    Title: MUREP – MIRO Project Manager

    Phone: 661-276-6110

    Fax: 661-000-0000


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