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NASA Announces NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I, 80HQTR21NOA01-22NIAC_A1

By SpaceRef Editor
June 3, 2021
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Appendix 80HQTR21NOA01-22NIAC_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 16, 2021, 1:00-3:00pm ET

Step A Proposal Due: July 21, 2021, 5:00pm ET

Step B Invitations Issued: August 24, 2021 (Target)

Step B Proposal Due: September 21, 2021 (Target), 5:00pm ET

Selection Announcement: February 9, 2022 (Target)

Award: March 31, 2022 (Target)


Award Details:


Approximate Award Duration: Nine months

Expected Typical Award Amount: $175K

Expected Number of Awards: 12-16


To view the solicitation and instructions on how to submit a response, visit:{45A3E9E1-E315-0A5A-C5EE-AC9732306EEC}&path=&method=init

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