NASA Solicitation: Space Technlogy Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2012

Synopsis - Mar 08, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNH12ZUA003N
Posted Date: Mar 08, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Mar 08, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
FedGrants Posted Date: Mar 08, 2012
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712

Grant Specific Information

Funding Instrument Type: Grant
CFDA Number: 43.009
Cost Sharing or Matching Required: No
Estimated Total Program Funding: not available
Expected Number of Awards: 10
Ceiling Amount: none
Floor Amount: none
Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development (ST)
Eligible Applicants: 25 - Others
(see "Description" below or Full Announcement for clarification)
Link to Full Announcement:

Contracting Office Address

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


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation, entitled Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty (STRO-ECF), on March 8, 2012. The solicitation is available by opening the NSPIRES homepage at selecting "Solicitations," then selecting "Open Solicitations," and, finally, selecting "Space Technology Research Opportunities For Early Career Faculty (STRO-ECF)."

NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) and the Space Technology Research Grants Program, in particular, seek proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of faculty members beginning their independent careers. This solicitation is focused on supporting outstanding faculty researchers early in their careers as they conduct space technology research of high priority to NASA's Mission Directorates and OCT. NASA is seeking proposals that plan to pursue innovative, early-stage space technology research in the topic areas specifically enumerated in the solicitation.

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. OCT investments in space technology research at U.S. academic institutions will promote the continued leadership of our universities as an international symbol of the country's scientific innovation, engineering creativity, and technological skill, and serve as a critical component supporting our Nation's scientific and mathematics literacy.

Only accredited U.S. universities are eligible to submit proposals on behalf of their outstanding new faculty members who intend to develop academic careers related to space technology. The proposed research project must be led by a single, eligible Principal Investigator (PI). The PI must be a recent Ph.D. recipient, defined as having graduated on or after January 1 of the year that is no more than seven years before the issuance date of this STRO-ECF NRA (i.e., after January 1, 2005). The PI must be an untenured Assistant Professor on the tenure track at the sponsoring U.S. university at the time of award. The PI must be a U.S. citizen or have lawful status of permanent residency (i.e., holder of a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, also referred to as a Green Card). A PI may submit only one proposal in response to this solicitation. The PI may not be a current or former recipient of a Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award. The PI must be the primary researcher on the effort. Co-Investigators are not permitted. Collaborators are permitted.

NASA encourages submission of STRO-ECF proposals on behalf of early career faculty members at all institutions and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.

The financial and programmatic support for STRO-ECF comes from the Space Technology Program within the Office of the Chief Technologist. Awards are planned to start in fall 2012. NASA plans to make approximately 10 awards as a result of this STRO-ECF 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 ( by an authorized organizational representative. Notices of Intent (not mandatory) are due by March 30, 2012. Proposals are due on or before May 3, 2012. Detailed submission instructions 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 Procurement questions may be addressed by e-mail to the procurement point of contact on this solicitation, Melissa Merrill, at Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.

Point of Contact

Name: Claudia M Meyer
Title: NASA Space Technology Research Grants Program Exec
Phone: 202-358-3043
Fax: 202-358-3602

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