Daily Archives: February 10, 2012

NASA – NASA Seeks Game Changing Technology Payloads for Suborbital Research Flights

NASA – NASA Seeks Game Changing Technology Payloads for Suborbital Research Flights.

NASA’s Game Changing Opportunities research announcement seeks proposals for payloads, vehicle enhancements and onboard facilities for payload integration that will help the agency advance technology development in the areas of exploration, space operations and other innovative technology areas relevant to NASA’s missions. Sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Program, the agency expects proposals from entrepreneurs, scientists, technologists, instrument builders, research managers, and vehicle builders and operators.

Proposals will be accepted from U.S. or non-U.S. organizations including NASA centers and other government agencies, federally funded research and development centers, educational institutions, industry and nonprofit organizations.

NASA expects to make approximately 20 awards this summer, with the majority of awards ranging between approximately $50,000 and $125,000 each. Several awards may be made for up to $500,000 in the area of vehicle integration and payload engineering technology enhancements and onboard research facilities to improve platform capabilities.

Read more about the call for proposals at NASA NSPIRES website: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId=%7b66840A2F-0937-3BD2-9811-5F4FC1B2830A%7d&path=open

International Space Station National Laboratory Education Project (ISS NLEP)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, NASA Higher Education Office in cooperation with the Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Office of Education, invites proposals to seven (7) areas within the ISS National Lab Education Project’s (ISS NLEP) portfolio. Three (3) “General” categories open for proposals to include: 1) new ground-based educational activities/experiments not requiring ISS upmass, 2) new flight-based or on-orbit experiments that require ISS upmass capability; and 3) new educational experiments utilizing a facility that simulates the ISS microgravity environment. The four (4) “Specific” areas open for proposals are: 1) flight experiments that can be conducted in “1 unit” (1U) NanoRacks payload modules onboard the ISS; 2) mission planning proposals to recommend an appropriate mission planning support for the Amateur Radio on ISS (ARISS) school contacts program using appropriate software and hardware; 3) proposals to provide engineering/project management support for the High Schools United with NASA for the Creation of Hardware (HUNCH) project; and 4) proposals will be solicited to develop new applications for the ISSLive! Internet educational experience using existing real-time ISS telemetry.

Proposals will be accepted from higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, or consortia of organizations and institutions serving higher education. Institutions may only submit two (2) proposals total to the categories in this solicitation. Each funded proposal is expected to address innovative, meaningful, and enduring research and technology development activities that utilize the unique microgravity environment of the ISS in a STEM-related context.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRES and through Grants.gov. To access through NSPIRES, go to http://nspires.nasaprs.com and click on Solicitations. To access through Grants.gov, go to http://www.grants.gov/search/agency.do and select the link for NASA.

The point-of-contact for technical and programmatic inquiries is:

Dr. Regina B. Blue
Technical Officer
(281) 483-4229

Inquiries regarding the submission of proposal materials should be addressed in writing to:

Tamra K. Ross
ISS NLEP Solicitation Support

Inquiries should be submitted within 10 calendar days of the release date in order that answers may be obtained and disseminated in a timely manner. Questions and responses will be posted on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) web site at http://nspires.nasaprs.com.

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