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Ralph Steckler Space Grant Space Colonization Research and Technology Development Opportunity Phase II

Status Report From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Announcement - Posted on Dec 13, 2010 New!

General Information

Solicitation Number: N/A
Reference Number: NNJ11ZHA01C
Posted Date: Dec 13, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Dec 13, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Jan 12, 2011
Current Response Date: Jan 12, 2011
Classification Code: U -- Education and training services
NAICS Code: 611310 - Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
Set-Aside Code:

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston Texas, 77058-3696, Mail Code: BJ

Description

FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY

Point of Contact

Name: Frank E. Prochaska
Title: Manager, Steckler Space Grant Project
Phone: 281-483-6032
Fax: 281-483-3789
Email: frank.e.prochaska@nasa.gov

Announcement No. NNJ11ZHA001C

Ralph Steckler/Space Grant Space Colonization Research and Technology Development Opportunity

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education invites proposals for the NASA Ralph Steckler/Space Grant Space Colonization Research and Technology Development Opportunity (hereafter "Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity"). Proposals may only be submitted by the 18 Phase 1 awardees. Each funded proposal is expected to address innovative, meaningful, and enduring research and technology development activities that could enable space colonization.

Inquiries
Technical and scientific questions about programs in this Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) may be directed to:

Frank Prochaska
Manager, Steckler/Space Grant Colonization Research Program
Office of Education, Johnson Space Center
2010 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058
Frank.prochaska@nasa.gov
Telephone: (281) 483-6032

Inquiries regarding the submission of proposal materials may be addressed to:

Madonna Adams
Program Coordinator, Steckler/Space Grant Colonization Research Program
Office of Education, Johnson Space Center
2010 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058
Penny.m.adams@nasa.gov
Telephone: (281) 483-0688

Release Date: 11/11/2010
Notice of Intent Due: 11/30/2010
Proposals Due: 1/12/2011

Solicitation Availability
The Phase II announcement will be disseminated by the Program Coordinator of the Steckler Project at Johnson Space Center to the all Phase I awardees.

Selecting Official
The selection official for this CAN is the Associate Administrator, Office of Education at NASA Headquarters.

Number and Size of Awards

The Government's obligation to make an award is contingent upon the availability of funds from which payment can be made. The processes of innovation, research, and technology development frequently happen incrementally; therefore, the Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity will be implemented through three funding and development phases. Phase I has already been awarded.

Phase II: Expected number of awards: maximum 5 Award maximum: $250,000 Duration: 24 months

Phase III: Expected number of awards: maximum 2 Award maximum: $275,000 Duration: 24 months

This solicitation is for Phase II. The purpose of Phase II is to begin conducting the research and technology development effort. Phase II continues the most promising of the Phase I projects through a competitive selection based on scientific and technical merit, expected value to and alignment with NASA research agenda, and potential contribution to space colonization.

Awards made under this Notice are pursuant to the authority of the NASA Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook, Section 1260.12(d) and the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program regulations (14 C.F.R. Part 1259).

NASA Safety Policy Safety is the freedom from those conditions that can cause death, injury, occupational illness, damage to or loss of equipment or property, or damage to the environment. NASA's safety priority is to protect: (1) the public, (2) astronauts and pilots, (3) the NASA workforce (including employees working under NASA award instruments), and (4) high-value equipment and property.

Proposal Submission All information needed to respond to this solicitation is contained in this CAN and in the companion document entitled Guidebook for Proposers Responding to a NASA Research Announcement January 2010 Edition (hereafter referred to as the NASA Guidebook for Proposers). Note: When the information contained in this CAN differs from the NASA Guidebook for Proposers, this CAN take precedence.

I. Description of Opportunity

A. Technical Description

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education invites proposals for the NASA Ralph Steckler/Space Grant Space Colonization Research and Technology Development Opportunity (hereafter "Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity"). Proposals may only be submitted by the 18 Phase 1 awardees. Each funded proposal is expected to address innovative, meaningful, and enduring research and technology development activities, aligned to NASA research agenda that could enable space colonization or space settlement by providing a sustained human presence on the Moon as a stepping stone to future exploration of Mars.

A. Ralph Steckler Background & Goals The late Ralph Steckler, a successful assistant film director and photographer from southern California, maintained a lifelong interest in space colonization. Mr. Steckler left the significant remainder of his estate to NASA "for the colonization of space because [he believed] this is for the betterment of mankind." NASA accepted the gift under the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Act and established the program to implement Mr. Steckler's testamentary direction. For purposes of this endeavor, space colonization is understood to be the establishment of a broad range of human activity in space that, for the most part, is not reliant on Earth's resources.

C. Eligibility Proposals will only be accepted from the 18 Phase I awardees, as a continuation of Phase I awards. If two or more Space Grant consortia choose to submit a joint proposal, one must be designated the lead institution and fiscal agent.

D. Notice of Intent Consortia planning to prepare a proposal package for the Phase II Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity are encouraged, but not required, to submit a non-binding Notice of Intent (NOI) to propose. An email notification stating your intent to apply is suffice. NOIs must be submitted to the JSC Steckler Program Coordinator (Penny.m.adams@nasa.gov) by November 30, 2010.

II. Project Overview and Guidelines

A. General

Under the terms of the gift, the Steckler Fund must be used to further space colonization. Phase I proposals have already established this guideline; therefore, Phase II proposal must leverage the research that has begun in Phase I. A competitive proposal will clearly and concisely describe the innovative approach relative to the existing state-of-the-art; address scientific and/or technical feasibility and its relevance and significance to NASA needs for space colonization.


B. Funding and Cost-Sharing/Matching The maximum funding that can be requested from NASA for a Phase II proposal is $250,000. The amount is to be expanded over a two-year period in accordance with the budget narrative and details.

A cost-share of at least one-third the amount requested in the proposal is required. The cost-share must come from non-Federal sources. Although the method of cost-sharing is flexible, NASA strongly encourages the consortia to consider methods and partnerships that would add value to the proposal and enable sustainability of the effort. All contributions, including cash or in-kind, shall meet the criteria contained in the NASA Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook, Section 1260.123.

The following restrictions exist on the use of the federally-provided NASA Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity funds:

* Award funds may not be used to fund research carried out by non-U.S. institutions. U.S. research award recipients may, however, directly purchase supplies and/or services from non-U.S. sources that do not constitute research.

* Foreign travel to meetings and conferences in support of the consortium's Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity is an acceptable use of the funds, with an upper limit each year of $1,500 per proposal. Note - domestic travel does not have a limit. Domestic travel should be appropriate and reasonable to conduct the proposed activity.

* NASA Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity award funds cannot be used for civil servant travel.

* NASA Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity award funds cannot be used for construction of facilities.

* NASA Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity award funding cannot be used to purchase general purpose equipment (e.g. desktop workstations, office furnishings, reproduction and printing equipment, etc.) as a direct charge. Special purpose equipment purchases (i.e. equipment that is used only for research, scientific, and technical activities directly related to the proposed activities) are allowed and can be reflected as a direct charge.

If in-kind contributions from any NASA or other federal organization are included in the proposal, they may be identified as "Federal Match" in a separate section of the budget. Civil Service salaries and travel, as well as other in-house research provided by NASA Centers cannot count toward the required cost share.

For further information on allowable costs, refer to the cost principles cited in the Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook, Section 1260.127.

C. Sustainability and Collaborations Space Grant consortia are strongly encouraged to submit proposals that demonstrate partnerships or cooperative arrangements among academia, government agencies, business and industry, private research foundations, state agencies, and/or local agencies. Partnerships with MSIs are strongly encouraged. Inclusion of faculty and students from underrepresented/underserved groups is also strongly encouraged.

Plans to sustain the research or technology development efforts will be especially critical for this solicitation to continue implementation of Mr. Steckler's dream in innovative and enduring ways. Statements of commitment and letters of support are important components of the proposal. NASA does not, however, solicit or evaluate letters of endorsement. Review the NASA Guidebook for Proposers for distinctions among statements of commitment, letters of support, and letters of endorsement.

III. Program/Project Management

A. NASA Johnson Space Center and Headquarters NASA Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity Project is administered by the Office of Education at NASA Johnson Space Center. NASA Steckler/Space Grant Opportunity management is closely coordinated with ESMD program offices. The Office of Education at NASA Headquarters has overall responsibility for policy, programs, and oversight.

A. Announcement of Solicitation Updates

Additional programmatic information for this CAN may develop before the proposal due date. If so, such information will be added as a formal amendment to this CAN and disseminated to all Phase 1 awardees.

C. Cancellation of Announcement

NASA Office of Education reserves the right to make no awards under this Notice and to cancel this Notice. NASA assumes no liability (including bid and proposal costs in case of cancellation) for canceling the Notice or for anyone's failure to receive actual notice of cancellation.

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