Status Report

NASA Releases University Leadership Initiative 2 Solicitation

By SpaceRef Editor
May 28, 2019
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University Leadership Initiative 2 (ULI2) provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing unique technical challenges in aeronautics, defining multi-disciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms, and applying innovative teaming strategies to strengthen the research impact.


Research proposals are sought in eight ULI2 topic areas in Appendix D.4.


Topic 1: Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations (Strategic Thrust 1)

Topic 2: Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft (Strategic Thrust 2)

Topic 3: Subsonic Transport (Strategic Thrust 3a)

Topic 4: Civil Aircraft that Incorporate Vertical Lift Capability (Strategic Thrust 3b)

Topic 5: Transition to Alternative Propulsion and Energy (Strategic Thrust 4)

Topic 6: Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance (Strategic Thrust 5)

Topic 7: Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (Strategic Thrust 6)

Topic 8: Materials and Structures for Next-Generation Aerospace Systems


This NRA will utilize a two-step proposal submission and evaluation process. The initial step is a short mandatory Step-A proposal due August 27, 2019. Those offerors submitting the most highly rated Step-A proposals will be invited to submit a Step-B proposal. All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES at


An Applicant’s Workshop will be held on Thursday June 27, 2019; 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET ( and sign in as a “Guest” using your full name).


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