NASA Solicitation: Cooperative Agreement Notice for NASA Astrobiology Institute - Cycle 5

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2008


Synopsis - Jan 07, 2008

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNH08ZDA002C
Posted Date: Jan 07, 2008
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 07, 2008
FedGrants Posted Date: Jan 07, 2008
Application Due Date Explanation: Release: January 8, 2008 Proposals Due: April 11, 2008
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)

Grant Specific Information

Funding Instrument Type: Grant Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement Funding Instrument Type: Procurement Contract CFDA Number: 00.000 Cost Sharing or Matching Required: No Estimated Total Program Funding: not available Expected Number of Awards: not available Ceiling Amount: none Floor Amount: none Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development (ST) Eligible Applicants: 99 - Unrestricted Unrestricted Link to Full Announcement:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771


Proposal opportunity: NASA Astrobiology Institute

On January 8, 2008, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (NNH08ZDA002C) soliciting new institutional members to the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). The NAI CAN (Cycle-5) is responsive to the recommendations of the recent NRC study (Assessment of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, 2007, ).

Proposers will be required to clearly articulate an innovative, interdisciplinary, astrobiology research program, together with plans to advance the full scope of NAI objectives as defined in the Institute's Mission Statement (see NAI website: ). Proposers may also choose to focus their research on preparing for strategic mission objectives in astrobiology. NASA anticipates making $10-12M per year available for this selection, leading to at least 7 and possibly several more awards (approximately one-third or which will be focused on preparing for strategic mission objectives), each of 5 years duration. Participation is open to all categories of organizations (domestic and non-U.S.), including industry, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and other Government agencies. Upon its release date, this Cooperative Agreement Notice will be available electronically from (select Solicitations then select Open Solicitations then select NNH08ZDA002C). Notices of Intent (NOIs) are due February 22, 2008, and proposals are due April 11, 2008. Obtain additional programmatic information from: Dr. Carl Pilcher, Director, NASA Astrobiology Institute, Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035; Tel: (650) 604-0022; email:

Notwithstanding the posting of this opportunity at,, or at both sites, NASA reserves the right to determine the appropriate award instrument for each proposal selected pursuant to this announcement.

Point of Contact

Name: Dr. Carl Pilcher
Title: Director
Phone: 650-604-0022
Fax: 000-000-0000

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