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Release of Final Text of the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Science Education

Status Report From: NASA Science Mission Directorate
Posted: Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On February 4, 2015, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) soliciting team-based proposals for SMD science education for community review and comment. The final text will be downloadable from the NSPIRES web page at https://nspires.nasaprs.com/ by selecting Solicitationsand searching for NASA Science Education or NNH15ZDA004C. 

The goal of NASA SMD Science Education is to enable NASA scientists and engineers into the learning environment more efficiently and effectively for learners of all ages.  This CAN is to meet the following NASA SMD Science Education Objectives: Enabling STEM education, improving U.S. science literacy; advancing National education goals; and leveraging science education through partnerships.  NASA intends to select one or more focused, science discipline-based team(s).  While it is envisioned that multiple agreements may be awarded, selection of a single award to support all of SMD science education requirements is not precluded.  Awards are anticipated by September 30, 2015.

Issuance of this CAN is dependent on programmatic factors, including NASA receiving an appropriation and operating plan containing adequate funding within the NASA budget. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to this CAN are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk.

A virtual preproposal conference will be held on February 17, 2015, at 1:00 PM ET to provide interested parties with the opportunity to better understand the intent, scope, and selection criteria of this CAN. Information about the preproposal conference will be posted at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

Programmatic questions regarding this solicitation should be submitted no later than 15 days prior to the proposal due date by e-mail using the character string “Science Education CAN” (without quotes) included in the subject line of all transmissions. The identity of those submitting comments will be held in confidence. Answers to questions about this Announcement and Frequently Asked Questions from the draft CAN text are available on the website at https://nspires.nasaprs.com/.  Note that it is the responsibility of interested proposers to check for such information prior to the submission of their proposals.  Programmatic questions should be submitted to:

Kristen Erickson 

E-mail: CANsci-ed@hq.nasa.gov

Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters

300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20546

Anticipated NASA SMD Science Education CAN schedule:

CAN Release Date............................................................................. February 4, 2015

Preproposal Conference...............................................................….. February 17, 2015 (1:00 PM ET)

Notice of Intent to Propose Deadline.............................................…. March 4, 2015

Electronic Proposal Submittal Deadline

at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time..........................................................….. May 4, 2015

Selections Announced (target).....................................................….. Summer 2015

Projects Begin (target).................................................................……October 1, 2015

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