NASA Grant Awards: Early Career Faculty

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Synopsis - Jan 22, 2014

General Information

    Solicitation Number: NNH14ZOA001N-14ECF-B1

    Posted Date: Jan 22, 2014

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 22, 2014

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    FedGrants Posted Date: Jan 22, 2014

    Application Due Date Explanation: Notices of Intent (not mandatory) are requested by February 14, 2014. Proposals are due on or before March 14, 2014.

    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:5

    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, titled "Early Career Faculty (ECF)", as an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) NASA Research Announcement (NRA), titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)", on January 22, 2014. To access the Appendix, please follow these steps:

1. Open the NSPIRES homepage at 2. Select "Solicitations" 3. Select "Open Solicitations" 4. Select "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2014 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2014)" 5. Select the "List of Open Program Elements" 6. Select "NNH14ZOA001N-14ECF-B1"

STMD's Space Technology Research Grants Program seeks proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of faculty members beginning their independent careers. This Appendix 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. NASA is seeking proposals that plan to pursue innovative, early-stage space technology research in the topic areas specifically described in the Appendix.

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. STMD investments in space technology research at U.S. universities will promote the continued leadership of our universities as an international symbol of the country's scientific innovation, engineering creativity, and technological skill.

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, 2007. 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). The PI may not be a current or former recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PI must be the primary researcher on the effort. Co-Investigators are not permitted. Collaborators are permitted.

A PI may submit only one proposal in response to this Appendix. There is no limit on the number of proposals which may be submitted by an accredited U.S. university.

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

The financial and programmatic support for ECF comes from the Space Technology Research Grants Program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate. Awards are planned to start in fall 2014. NASA plans to make approximately 5 awards as a result of this ECF Appendix, 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 Appendix.

All proposals must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES or through ( by an authorized organizational representative. Notices of Intent (not mandatory) are requested by February 14, 2014. Proposals are due on or before March 14, 2014. Detailed submission instructions are provided in the SpaceTech-REDDI-2014 NRA. 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, Jonathon Wingerberg, at Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and may also be included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the Appendix; 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



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