Status Report

NASA GSFC Early Career Initiative

By SpaceRef Editor
July 6, 2014
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Synopsis – Jul 02, 2014

General Information

Solicitation Number: POD-NASA-GSFC-ECI

Posted Date: Jul 02, 2014 FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jul 02, 2014

Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No Original Response Date: Jul 16, 2014

Current Response Date: Jul 16, 2014

Classification Code: A — Research and Development NAICS Code: 541712

Contracting Office Address

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


Partnership Opportunity Document (POD) for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Early Career Initiative

1.0 Introduction and Scope

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is seeking innovative, agile external collaborators for the development of “out-of-the-box” space technologies in response to the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Early Career Initiative (ECI) opportunity. The ECI solicitation has been issued but can only be seen by NASA internal. GSFC is interested in partners that can collaborate on the development of highly innovative space hardware technologies consisting of an integrated system with a demonstration – either a ground demonstration or a flight demonstration – at the end of 2 years.

For this partnership opportunity dealing with the preparation of the initial submission, there will be no exchange of funds between the teaming partners. Proposing teams will include one to four NASA Goddard civil servants and one to four external partners (e.g., from industry or academia); the team may have no more than eight members total. Teams must propose innovative space hardware-focused projects lasting no more than 2 years and costing no more than $500K in procurement per year (ideally less). The general approach will be milestone-based with a continuation review at the development site and a final presentation to Headquarters. A single Principal Investigator (PI), Principle Technologist (PT), or Project Manager (PM) will lead a mission investigation team. The PI, PT, or PM may be from NASA or a partnering institution, including educational institutions, industry or nonprofit organizations, federally funded research and development centers, or other U.S. Government agencies. The mission investigation team may be formed from any combination of these institutions.

Responses to this notice will serve as the basis for selection of proposal partners for ECI. Submitted responses will be maintained for possible future opportunities for 1 year. Additional information may be requested to help in the selection process.

2.0 Technical Objectives

GSFC is especially looking for partners with capabilities in the following technical areas:

* Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) design, fabrication and validation; high speed, low power, low loss, laser beam steering technology expertise 

* Nanofabrication platform for developing lightweight, high conductivity polymer material with varying emissivity capabilities 

* Thermal management of high heat flux 3D integrated circuits using evaporative microfluidic cooling. 

* Ion optics for instruments 

* Chemical sensors capable of detecting trace gases with high selectivity 

* Additive manufactured optics for ultra stable and lightweight invar opto-mechanical flexure mounts and optical bench.

3.0 Responsibilities of Selected Partner

GSFC reserves the right to communicate with potential proposal partners for additional information about their interest and capability. Responses to this notice will not be returned. NASA/GSFC reserves the option to not select any teaming partners under this offering on the basis of materials received. All information received in response to this notice that is marked ‘Proprietary’ will be handled and protected accordingly.

This synopsis is for information and planning purposes and is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government, nor will the Government pay for information solicited.

4.0 Responding to the POD

Potential partners may submit questions to Shannon Rodriguez-Sanabria, via email at and Yaireska Collado at Pertinent information from questions and answers will be shared with all interested parties as an amendment to this notice, without disclosing the identity of the sources of the questions.

Written responses shall:

1. Not exceed 5 pages per proposal, plus up to 4 1-page resumes for individuals. 2. Use an Arial font text with a size not smaller than 12 point except for tables and chart graphics, which can use 10 point. 3. Include all information requested in this notice. 4. Provide a Point of Contact and email to address questions from NASA. 5. Send responses in PDF format by the due date stated above to: Shannon Rodriguez-Sanabria and Yaireska Collado.

Responses to this notice must: address capabilities the responder has to offer, identify particularly critical or challenging areas that have been overcome in previous work, and indicate the resources (skills and time) that would be allocated to the potential proposal development phase.

Responses shall include the following: Name and address of company or organization; Point of contact – address, website or email address, and phone number; Technical response; a list of relevant partners/customers over the past five years, highlighting work performed.

If responder is a commercial firm, responses should also include: Size of business and number of employees; Average annual revenue for past 3 years; Ownership -whether they are large, small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), HUBZone, and/or woman-owned and whether the company is U.S. or internationally-owned; Number of years in business; and Affiliate information: parent company (US or international), joint venture partners potential teaming partners (prime contractor (if potential sub) or subcontractors (if potential prime); list of customers covering the past five years (highlight relevant work performed and point of contact and phone number.

Responses will be treated as proprietary information and controlled as such. Only one POD response per organization will be considered.

5.0 Selection Criteria for Awarding Partnership Opportunity

In addition to the information requested above, the following areas are considered highly important in the evaluation of responses to this notice:

    * Ability to work as part of a government-industry team that may include other industrial partners, academia, and/or foreign partners. 

    * Innovative technical and partnering approaches that could be used to minimize cost without increasing overall mission risk. 

    * Demonstrated track record of developing innovative, low-cost technologies. 

Point of Contact

    Name:Tracie M Rustin

    Title:Contracting Officer



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