Status Report

Release of NASA Draft Cooperative Agreement Notice – ISS National Laboratory Management Entity

By SpaceRef Editor
December 9, 2010
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Release of NASA Draft Cooperative Agreement Notice – ISS National Laboratory Management Entity

Synopsis – Dec 06, 2010

Modification 01 – Posted on Dec 06, 2010

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNH11SOMD002C
Posted Date: Dec 06, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Dec 06, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: N/A
Current Response Date: N/A
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 – Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Operations Mission Directorate is releasing a draft version of the future Cooperative Agreement Notice for the ISS National Laboratory Management Entity.

NASA is planning to solicit proposals for competitive evaluation and award of a Cooperative Agreement to a non-profit entity to develop the capability to implement research and development projects utilizing the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory and to otherwise manage the activities of the ISS National Lab.

NASA is currently operating a share of the United States accommodations on the International Space Station (ISS) as a National Laboratory (NL) in accordance with Section 507 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (P.L. 109-155). As set forth in Appendix A, Section 504 of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-267), authorizes NASA to maximize the value of the investment the U.S. government has made in the ISS and demonstrate the scientific and technological productivity of the ISS over the next decade by entering into a Cooperative Agreement with a 501(c)(3) entity to support research and development and to manage the activities of the ISS NL.

An award under this CAN will initially fund the operation of an independent 501(c)(3) entity (herein referred as the NL Entity) to manage non-NASA utilization of the ISS through the ISS NL. The NL Entity will be expected to capitalize on the unique venue of the ISS as a national resource to promote opportunities for advancing science and technology to other U.S. government agencies, university-based researchers and private firms for utilization of the ISS.

Section 504 of Public Law 111-267, the NASA Authorization Act for 2010 establishes eligibility criteria regarding the selected recipient of this planned cooperative agreement: 1) the entity must be “exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986” and 2) the entity must not have “any other organizational objective or responsibilities on behalf of the organization or any parent organization or other entity.”

The draft release is being made available electronically at . Comments and questions may be addressed in writing via e-mail to Responses to all inquiries will be answered by e-mail and also posted to the official NSPIRES location at

Point of Contact

Name: Mr. Jason C Crusan
Title: Chief Technologist for Space Operations
Phone: 202-358-0635
Fax: 202-358-3530

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