NASA'S Prize Competition Solicits Ideas and Partners

Press Release From: NASA Office of Exploration Systems
Posted: Friday, November 5, 2004

To cast a wide net for supporting future prize competitions, NASA's Centennial Challenges program today issued two Requests for Information (RFI) and one Announcement of Partnership Opportunity (APO).

Centennial Challenges seeks novel solutions to NASA's mission challenges from non-traditional sources of innovation in academia, industry and the public. The RFIs are soliciting information on potential support contracts for future challenges the program may conduct.

The APO document is looking for organizations wishing to contribute to Centennial Challenges activities. The APO has two distinct goals: to identify potential co-sponsor organizations interested in contributing cash toward one or more prize competitions, and to identify potential allied organizations interested in making in-kind service contributions toward the administration of one or more prize competitions.

"For more than 200 years, prizes have played a key role in spurring new achievements in science, technology, engineering and exploration," said Craig Steidle, NASA's Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems. "Centennial Challenges will use prizes to help make the nation's Vision for Space Exploration a reality," he added.

"We hope to receive ideas from potential support contractors and identify prospective partners who will make this program as successful as possible. We look forward to the inputs we'll receive in response to these RFIs and APO," said Centennial Challenges manager Brant Sponberg.

A Centennial Challenges Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Nov. 15, in the NASA Headquarters auditorium, 300 E St. SW, Washington, to describe and answer questions about the overall program and the released RFIs and APO. All presentations will be open to the public, unclassified and restricted to the Centennial Challenges program, and the released RFIs and APO. For more information on the program and the RFIs, visit:

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