NASA Office of the Chief Technologist; NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts: Phase II NRA 2012

Status Report From: NASA Office of the Chief Technologist
Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2012

Synopsis - Apr 04, 2012

General Information

Solicitation Number: NNH12ZUA004N
Posted Date: Apr 04, 2012
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Apr 04, 2012
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
FedGrants Posted Date: Apr 04, 2012
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712

Grant Specific Information

Funding Instrument Type: Procurement Contract
Funding Instrument Type: Other
CFDA Number: 43.009
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: 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


National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters is releasing a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for further studies of innovative advanced concepts. NNH12ZUA004N, entitled NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts, will be available as of April 19, 2012 by opening the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at and then linking through the menu listings "Solicitations" to "Open Solicitations."

This NRA solicits multiple studies, each of which will further investigate an architecture, mission, or system concept that has the potential to change the possible in aeronautics or space. NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) is part of the Office of Chief Technologist (OCT). Aerospace architecture, mission, or system concepts proposed for NIAC Phase II studies must be exciting, unexplored, far-term, and technically credible. Narrow technology or subsystem development, and incremental improvement are explicitly out of scope for this program. Finally, while NIAC encourages great leaps and accepts the accompanying risk, proposals must be technically credible, based on sound scientific principles.

Past NIAC Phase II studies have resulted in proof-of-concept reports in new systems of all kinds, such as MIT's Astronaut Bio Suit, and Complex Systems Research, Inc's, study of innovative methods for Mars cave habitation and science exploration.

This announcement is limited. All current Phase I Fellows, or their designees, of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program are eligible to submit Phase II proposals based on their Phase I study. Fellows, or their designees, of the predecessor organization, the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, are also eligible to submit Phase II proposals based on a prior Phase I study if they meet the following conditions:

* The Phase I study final report was submitted

AND either of the following:

* A Phase II study based on the Phase I effort was not awarded * A Phase II study was awarded but not completed because funding was interrupted or not provided when the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts was terminated

The 2012 NIAC Phase II solicitation will be a 20-page proposal. Proposals shall be submitted electronically, and all proposers shall use the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES), accessible at .

Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the electronic proposal system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) to re-familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Specific proposal submission deadline dates, evaluation criteria, and submission information will be identified in the NRA. Proposals will be due on or before May 31, 2012.

Comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to NIAC Program representatives at Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and 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: John (Jay) Falker PhD
Title: NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) PE
Phone: 202-358-3043
Fax: 202-358-3602

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