Smallsat Technology Partnerships

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Smallsat Technology Partnerships: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters released a solicitation on September 11, 2019, entitled "Smallsat Technology Partnerships," as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2019 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2019), that was issued on October 2, 2018. The solicitation is available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at by selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting "Smallsat Technology Partnerships." The Small Spacecraft Technology program within the NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is chartered to enable mission capabilities that are more rapid, more transformative, and more affordable than previously achievable. The Small Spacecraft Technology program seeks development projects and demonstration missions that are small, affordable, rapid, and transformative. All efforts will focus on small spacecraft capabilities that are relevant to NASA's missions in science and exploration, including those with crosscutting applications to the needs of the broader small spacecraft community in industry, academia, and other government agencies. The goals of this appendix include collaboration with university teams that have experience in small spacecraft development and also extension of support to colleges and universities that have little or no previous involvement in this field. Colleges and universities with experience in small spacecraft development are encouraged to team with other college and universities to address these dual goals. Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals. Teaming with a NASA Center is required (see solicitation for complete eligibility and teaming requirements). An individual may be the PI on only one proposal in response to this solicitation but may participate as a Co-I or other role on multiple proposals (see solicitation for restrictions). The solicitation exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of three topics: * Lunar Communications and Navigation Network * Smallsat Propulsion for Lunar Missions * Advanced Electrical Power Subsystem and Thermal Management Technology NASA anticipates addressing other topics in future solicitation releases. The financial and programmatic support for Smallsat Technology Partnerships comes from the Small Spacecraft Technology program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Awards are planned to start in late March 2020. NASA plans to make approximately 5 awards as a result of this 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. Mandatory Notices of Intent are due by Friday, October 4, 2019 and must be submitted electronically via NSPIRES. All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES or through ( by an authorized organizational representative and are due on or before Wednesday, November 6, 2019. 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 Small Spacecraft Technology Program Executive, Christopher Baker, at Acquisition questions may be addressed by e-mail to the acquisition point of contact on this solicitation, 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: Smallsat Technology Partnerships
Federal Agency Name: NASA Headquarters (NASA-HQ)
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 80HQTR19NOA01-20STP-S1
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 43.012
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: November 6th, 2019
Original Application Deadline: November 6th, 2019
Posted Date: September 11th, 2019
Creation Date: September 11th, 2019
Archive Date: December 6th, 2019
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $400,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award:
Expected Number of Awards: 5
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: September 11th, 2019
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education - Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility
See "Description" below or Full Announcement for clarification.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
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Grant Announcement Contact
Beatrice Morales, NASA ARC Grant Officer,
NASA Smallsat Technology Partnership Contact
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