Status Report

NASA GSFC Cooperative Agreement: Institute for Space Robotics

By SpaceRef Editor
August 19, 2005
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Synopsis – Aug 16, 2005

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNGO5121385C
Posted Date: Aug 16, 2005
FedBizOpps Posted Date: NAIS and FedGrants
FedGrants Posted Date: Aug 16, 2005
Application Due Date Explanation: N/A
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541710 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences

Grant Specific Information

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Number: 00.000
Cost Sharing or Matching Required: No
Estimated Total Program Funding: $45,000,000.00
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Ceiling Amount: $45,000,000.00
Floor Amount: none
Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development (ST)
Eligible Applicants: 06 – State controlled institutions of higher education
Eligible Applicants: 13 – Nonprofits without 501 (c)(3) IRS status, other than institutions of higher education
Eligible Applicants: 20 – Private institutions of higher education
Link to Full Announcement:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.S, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA/GSFC plans to issue a Cooperative Agreement for the Institute for Space Robotics (ISR). The Cooperative Agreement Notice is expected to be issued late August 2005.

This Cooperative Agreement is to create a center of excellence for dexterous robotics technology between GSFC and the recipient to perform: research in dexterous manipulators; dissemination of research results; and public outreach. Researchers in the ISR are all expected to work collaboratively with civil servants at GSFC. The ISR is also expected to become a vehicle to increase the involvement of the university community.

The Recipient’s role in the ISR will be to work with GSFC to a) develop gap-filling technologies for dexterous space robotics and related ground stations through breadboard validation, b) perform environmental testing for these space technologies, c) perform system-level performance measurements using integrated high-fidelity dexterous robot testbeds, and d) quantify and report on the resulting robot capabilities for use in NASA programs. The Recipient of this cooperative agreement will establish university and industry partnerships as necessary to provide best-in-class key technologies that are needed to satisfy ISR objectives. The estimated value of this agreement is approximately $45M not to exceed 5 years.

Only educational institutions and non-profit organizations shall submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency. This solicitation leading to the award of a Cooperative Agreement is issued pursuant to title 14 CFR Part 1260 for educational and nonprofit institutions and 14 CFR part 1274 for commercial organizations

The Cooperative Agreement Notice and any documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. These documents will reside on a World Wide Web (WWW) server, which may be accessed using a WWW browser application. The Internet site, or URL, for the NASA/GSFC Business Opportunities home page is

It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the Internet site for the release of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Potential offerors will be responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments (if any). Any referenced notes may be viewed at the following URLs linked below.

Goddard intends to issue a final Cooperative Agreement Notice late August 2005. No draft will be issued and proposals will be due 60 days after the release of the Cooperative Agreement Notice.

Direct questions specifically regarding this solicitation to the individual designated below in writing (e-mail or fax). Telephone questions will not be accepted.

Point of Contact

Name: Sandra L Marshall
Title: Procurement Manager
Phone: (301) 286-8085
Fax: (301) 286-1670

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