Status Report

Release of Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion-2016 NRA

By SpaceRef Editor
October 4, 2015
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters, Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has released an umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion-2016 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2016). The NRA is accessible from the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website, (http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={3A6E5F82-5A0C-A723-5C7E-633746AF91A5} ). Proposals will be solicited under SpaceTech-REDDI-2016 through Appendices which will be issued as technology topics are defined and funding is made available. Once new Appendices are released, interested parties will be able to access them by clicking through the Open Solicitations link, then selecting NRA NNH16ZOA001N, and then selecting List of Open Program Elements. It is anticipated that this umbrella solicitation (SpaceTech-REDDI-2016) will be open for one year (through September 2016) and follow-up umbrella SpaceTech-REDDI solicitations will be issued annually on October 1st.

The following STMD programs will be included in the SpaceTech-REDDI-2016 umbrella solicitation:

· NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program focuses on visionary aeronautics and space system concepts. TRL Range: 1-3
· Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program engages academia in innovative research in advanced space technology. TRL Range: 1-3
· Game Changing Development (GCD) Program focuses on maturing advanced space technologies that may lead to entirely new approaches for the Agency’s future space missions. TRL Range: 3-6
· Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM) Program seeks to mature laboratory-proven technologies to flight-ready status. TRL Range: 5-7
· Small Spacecraft Technology (SST) Program develops and demonstrates subsystem technologies and new mission capabilities for small spacecraft. TRL Range: 3-7
· Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) facilitates low-cost access to suborbital environments for a broad range of innovators as a means of advancing space technology development and supporting the evolving entrepreneurial commercial space industry. TRL Range: 4-6

The STMD portfolio supports a combination of early-stage studies, for assessing the feasibility of entirely new technologies (which corresponds to a technology readiness level (TRL) range from 1 to 3); maturing feasible technologies through rapid competitive development and ground-based testing (TRL 3-5); and flight demonstrations in relevant environments to complete the final steps prior to mission infusion (TRL 5-7). This technological diversity results in a sustainable pipeline of revolutionary concepts. STMD seeks aggressive technology development efforts that may require undertaking significant technical challenges and risk to achieve a higher potential payoff.

Additional information about the STMD Programs is available at http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech .

Proposals must be submitted electronically using either NASAs proposal data system, NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com ) or Grants.gov. Each electronic proposal system places requirements on the registration of principal investigators and other participants (e.g., co-investigators). Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the electronic proposal system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this NRA must be registered with NSPIRES; organizations that intend on submitting proposals via Grants.gov must be registered with Grants.gov, in addition to being registered with NSPIRES. Registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal.

Interested proposers should monitor the NSPIRES website or subscribe to the electronic notification system there for release of the Space Tech-REDDI-2016 umbrella solicitation and Appendices. Further questions concerning the Space Tech-REDDI-2016 solicitation may be directed to Bonnie James, STMD Senior Investment Strategist at E-mail: HQ-STMD-SpaceTech-REDDI@mail.nasa.gov . Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

This is a broad agency announcement as specified in FAR 35.016 and NFS 1835.016. Notwithstanding the posting of this opportunity at FedBizOpps.gov and Grants.gov, NASA reserves the right to determine the appropriate award instrument for each proposal selected pursuant to the NRA.

SpaceRef staff editor.