Early Stage Innovation (ESI)

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Early Stage Innovation (ESI): The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, titled Early Stage Innovations (ESI), as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2018 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2018), on May 2, 2018. The solicitation is available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ by selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting "Early Stage Innovations (ESI)." STMD, and the Space Technology Research Grants (STRG) Program in particular, seek proposals from accredited U.S. universities to develop unique, disruptive, or transformational space technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level - performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity, or other figures of merit associated with space flight hardware or missions. Although progress under an award may be incremental, the projected impact at the system level must be substantial and clearly defined. Our Nation's universities couple fundamental research with education, encouraging a culture of innovation based on the discovery of knowledge. Universities are, therefore, ideally positioned to both conduct fundamental space technology research and diffuse newly-found knowledge into society at large through graduate students and industrial, government, and other partnerships. STMD investments in space technology research at U.S. universities promote the continued leadership of our universities as an international symbol of the country's scientific innovation, engineering creativity, and technological skill. These investments also create, fortify, and nurture the talent base of highly skilled engineers, scientists, and technologists to improve America's technological and economic competitiveness.Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals. Teaming is permitted - see solicitation for complete eligibility requirements as well as teaming restrictions. A PI (see solicitation for restrictions) or Co-I may participate in no more than two proposals in response to this solicitation.Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions are encouraged to submit proposals. In addition, NASA encourages submission of ESI proposals on behalf of women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and faculty members who are early in their career. The Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of the six topics:• Modeling for Small Satellite Electric Propulsion• Smart and Autonomous Systems for Space• Omni-Optical Antennas and Optical-Multiple-Access Technologies for Free-Space Near-Earth Satellite Communication• Modeling Shock Layer Radiation and Chemical Kinetics for Planetary Entry• Physical and Mechanistic Modeling of the Self-Reacting Friction Stir Welding Process• Smart Tribological Mechanical Systems for Extreme Temperature Space Environments NASA anticipates addressing other topics in future ESI Appendix releases. The financial and programmatic support for ESI comes from the Space Technology Research Grants Program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Awards are planned to start in January 2019. NASA plans to make approximately 12 awards as a result of this ESI solicitation, subject to the receipt of meritorious proposals. The actual number of awards will depend on the quality of the proposals received; NASA reserves the right to make no awards under this solicitation. All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES or through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) by an authorized organizational representative. Notices of Intent (strongly encouraged) are due by May 23, 2018 with proposals due on or before June 20, 2018, 5 pm Eastern. Detailed submission instructions and due dates are provided in the solicitation. Potential proposers and their proposing organizations are urged to familiarize themselves with the submission system(s), ensure they are registered in NSPIRES, and submit the required proposal materials well in advance of the deadline.Technical and programmatic comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to the Space Technology Research Grants Program Executive, Claudia Meyer, at hq-esi-call@mail.nasa.gov. Acquisition questions may be addressed by e-mail to the acquisition point of contact on this solicitation, Kimberly Cone, at hq-esi-call@mail.nasa.gov. Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.
Federal Grant Title: Early Stage Innovation (ESI)
Federal Agency Name: NASA Headquarters (NASA-HQ)
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 80HQTR18NOA01-18ESI-B2
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 43.012
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: June 20th, 2018
Original Application Deadline: June 20th, 2018
Posted Date: May 2nd, 2018
Creation Date: May 2nd, 2018
Archive Date: July 20th, 2018
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $500,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 12
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: May 2nd, 2018
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
See "Description" below or Full Announcement for clarification.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Early Stage Innovation (ESI)
Grant Announcement Contact
Claudia M. Meyer, NASA Space Technology Research Grants Program Exec Phone: 202-358-4458 Fax: 202-358-3602
NASA Space Technology Research Grants Program Exec
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