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[stmd] Release of NASA Space Technology SpaceTech-REDDI-2014 NRA

[stmd] Release of NASA Space Technology SpaceTech-REDDI-2014 NRA

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 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)”.

This will be STMD’s inaugural
umbrella solicitation covering multiple STMD programs.

The NRA is accessible from the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website (
by linking through the menu listing “Solicitations”, and then selecting
“Open Solicitations” and finally selecting “Space Technology Research,
Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)”. 

Under SpaceTech-REDDI-2014, proposals will be solicited through
Appendices which will be issued as funding is made available for new

Once new Appendices are released, interested parties will
be able to access them by clicking through the Open Solicitations link,
then selecting “NRA NNH14ZOA001N”, and then selecting “List of Open
Program Elements”.

is anticipated that this initial umbrella solicitation
(SpaceTech-REDDI-2014) will be open for one year (through October 2014)
and follow-up umbrella SpaceTech-REDDI solicitations will be issued
annually in November.

With every release of SpaceTech-REDDI, the NASA
Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) will provide targeted
release plans for Appendices for that year.

STMD portfolio supports early-stage studies, for assessing the
feasibility of entirely new technologies (which corresponds to a
Technology Readiness Level (TRL) range from 1 to 3); matures feasible
technologies through rapid competitive development and ground-based
testing (TRL 3-5); and performs flight demonstrations in relevant
environments to complete the final steps prior to mission infusion (TRL

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.

The following STMD programs are included in the SpaceTech-REDDI-2014 umbrella NRA:

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program focuses on visionary aeronautics and space system concepts. TRL Range: 1-3

Appendix A1: NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I

Appendix A2: NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase II

Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program engages academia in
innovative research in advanced space technology. TRL Range: 1-3

B1: Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Early Career Faculty (ECF)
Appendix B2: Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Early Stage
Innovations (ESI)

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: 3-5

Appendix C1: Game Changing Development (GCD) Technology Topic TBD

Appendix C2: Game Changing Development (GCD) Technology Topic TBD

Appendix C3: Game Changing Development (GCD) Technology Topic TBD

Demonstration Missions (TDM) Program seeks to mature laboratory-proven
technologies to flight-ready status. TRL Range: 5-7

Appendix D1: Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM) Topics TBD

Spacecraft Technology (SST) Program develops and demonstrates subsystem
technologies and new mission capabilities for small spacecraft.  TRL
Range: 3-7

Appendix E1: Small Spacecraft Technology (SST) Development and Demonstration

Appendix E2: Small Spacecraft Technology (SST) Partnerships

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: 5-7

Appendix F1: Flight Opportunities Program (FOP) Technology Topic TBD

The SpaceTech-REDDI-2014 solicitation contains information regarding target release dates for these Appendices.

Additional information about STMD Programs is available at

To the greatest extent practicable, participation will be open to all categories of organizations, domestic
and foreign, including industry, educational institutions, nonprofit
organizations, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies.

entities may also partner with U.S. proposers, but only without an
exchange of funding.

The Appendices will provide details of the
solicited opportunities including: specific scope of the work solicited,
anticipated budget for new awards, number of awards anticipated, notice
of intent and proposal due dates, and specific instructions about
proposal content and evaluation criteria.

The number and value of awards
will depend on the availability of funds and the quality of proposals
received. This is a broad agency announcement as specified in FAR 35.016
and NFS 1835.016.

NASA reserves the right to determine the appropriate
award instrument for each proposal selected pursuant to the NRA. The
individual Program Officers and assigned Contracting Officers will be
listed in the each Appendix.

concerning general NRA policies and procedures may be found in the
Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement (NRA)
or Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN), January 2013 Edition located at .

Proposals must be submitted electronically using either NASA’s proposal data system, NSPIRES

( ) or
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 umbrella NRA must be registered with
NSPIRES; organizations that intend on submitting proposals via must be registered with,
in addition to being registered with NSPIRES. Registration must
identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit
the electronic proposal.

concerning the SpaceTech-REDDI-2014 solicitation may be directed to
Bonnie James, STMD Senior Investment Strategist, at e-mail:

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.

proposers should monitor the NSPIRES website or subscribe to the
electronic notification system there for information concerning the
SpaceTech-REDDI-2014 umbrella solicitation and Appendices.

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