OSP FO# 11-106

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT)/Game Changing Technology Division (GCT)

PROGRAM: Unique and Innovative Space Technology

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for research and development (R&D) for technology that is innovative and unique and promises to enable revolutionary (game-changing) improvements to the efficiency and effectiveness of space capability for the United States. Novel (unique) concepts are sought that address NASA Space Technology Grand Challenges or any of fourteen Technology Areas (TAs) identified in NASA’s draft Space Technology Roadmap:

  • TA01 Launch Propulsion Systems
  • TA02 In-Space Propulsion Technologies
  • TA03 Space Power and Energy Storage
  • TA04 Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • TA05 Communication and Navigation
  • TA06 Human Health, Life Support and Habitation Systems
  • TA07 Human Exploration Destination Systems
  • TA08 Science Instruments, Observatories and Sensor Systems
  • TA09 Entry, Descent and Landing Systems
  • TA10 Nanotechnology
  • TA11 Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology and Processing
  • TA12 Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing
  • TA13 Ground and Launch Systems Processing
  • TA14 Thermal Management Systems

Responses may be submitted at any time while this solicitation is open. Responses will be reviewed and award decisions made throughout the year. The technology area(s) are requested at the time of submission in order to facilitate the review process (reviewer assignment). During the open period of this solicitation, GCT may publish special topics or amendments which seek executive summaries, white papers, and proposals for “Special Topics”. Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to monitor the FedBizopps/NAIS (http://www.fedbizopps.gov) or NSPIRES/Grants.gov for such modifications.

Executive Summary (strongly encouraged): September 30, 2011 before 8 PM Eastern Time
White Papers (strongly encouraged): November 1, 2011 before 8 PM Eastern Time
Full Proposals: January 3, 2012 before 8 PM Eastern Time

FUNDING INFORMATION: NASA anticipates funding 5–10 awards, for a total of all awards up to $5 million per year. Individual awards can be for up to 3 years, but are limited to a total of $3 million over 3 years. The number of awards made under this program will depend on the quality of the proposals received and the availability of appropriated funds.

Dr. Harry Partridge
Game Changing Technology Division
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Telephone: (202) 358-4431
Email: Harry.Partridge@nasa.gov
Web:  http://nspires.nasaprs.com

REMARKS: All proposals submitted in response to this program must be submitted in a fully electronic form. No hard copy of the proposal will be accepted. Executive Summary and White Papers must be submitted through NSPIRES. PIs may choose to submit their proposals either through NASA’s NSPIRES system (http://nspires.nasaprs.com) or through the Grants.gov system (http://www.grants.gov). More information about both NSPIRES and Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP web site at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either NSPIRES or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines (CFDA# 43.009, and the NASA Guidebook for Proposers 2011) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.