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NASA Announces NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I, 80HQTR20NOA01-21NIAC-A1

By SpaceRef Editor
June 3, 2020
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Appendix 80HQTR20NOA01-21NIAC-A1 seeks NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I proposals for early stage feasibility studies of visionary concepts that address national, government, and commercial aerospace goals. Concepts are solicited from any field of study that offers a radically different approach or disruptive innovation that may significantly enhance or enable new human or robotic science and exploration missions. Proposed concepts must be framed in terms of a mission context that clearly identifies scientific or technical advancements and associated benefits compared to current approaches. Comparatively high risk and far term, NIAC concepts are transformational investments in future NASA and commercial space capabilities. The entry Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for Phase I concepts should be TRL 2 or lower.


Eligibility: This Appendix is an Open Announcement. All categories of U.S organizations may apply. Non-U.S. organizations may partner in, or lead, NIAC studies on a no-exchange of funds basis, and subject to NASA’s policy on foreign participation


Key Dates:


Proposer’s Virtual Forum: June 18, 2020, 1:00-3:00pm ET

Step A Proposal Due: July 22, 2020, 5:00pm ET

Step B Invitations Issued: August 25, 2020 (Target)

Step B Proposal Due: September 29, 2020 (Target), 5:00pm ET

Selection Announcement: February 12, 2021 (Target)

Award: March 26, 2021 (Target)


Award Details:


Approximate Award Duration: Nine months

Expected Typical Award Amount: $125K

Expected Number of Awards: 12-16


To view the solicitation and instructions on how to submit a response, visit:{9BC1CCC6-3CB9-30BA-8C21-0B88402F4A2A}&path=&method=init

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