NASA Space Grant – Request for Information

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS) is seeking persons willing to serve as peer reviewers for the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Training Grant Funding Extension - Opportunities in NASA STEM FY 2019 – 2020.


Information about this opportunity, proposal requirements and evaluation criteria can be found on the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Training Grant Funding Extension - Opportunities in NASA STEM FY 2019 – 2020 page in the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES).


Peer review is a critical component of the decision-making process for awarding projects. By engaging individuals with different backgrounds, perspectives and areas of expertise in the review process, your participation will assist in identifying high-quality projects.


Reviewers will be selected based on the subject matter of the proposals received; therefore, your willingness to participate in this particular peer review does not guarantee selection. If you are selected, you will be notified via email, with detailed instructions on the process.


The peer review process is completed in two stages. The proposals are first reviewed individually and anonymously online. When the online review period ends, a 4-5 day panel will convene to discuss the proposals and identify those recommended for funding. 


Proposals are approximately 15-20 pages in length and every effort is made to assign no more than 5 proposals per online reviewer.



Non-civil servant online reviewers will receive $100 for the first proposal review and $50 each additional proposal review completed and submitted in NSPIRES prior to the close of the review period.



Non-civil servant panelists will receive a $200/per day honorarium.



Information Requested


The specific objective of this RFI is to identify subject matter experts willing to assist with the review of applicationsubmitted inresponse to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Training Grant Funding Extension - Opportunities in NASA STEM FY 2019 – 2020 opportunity.


The following will be requestevia responses to NSPIRES Program Specific Data (PSD) questions and (possibly) an uploadeddocument:


-     Your contact information

-     Organization information

-     Previous NASA review experience

-     Professional expertise and specialization

-     Interest in being considereas a reviewer for this and/or future solicitation reviews.

-     Link tyour online Cor uploaded CV or brief biological sketch (see later instructions).


Submitting Responses


Responses to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program Training Grant Funding Extension Request for Information,must be submitted electronically (viaforementioned PSD questions) using the NASA Solicitation anProposal Integrated Review andEvaluation System (NSPIRES) a


It is important to note that the use othe term“Proposals” and “Notices of Intent (NOI) in these instructions does not mean thatNASA is invitinproposalor offers in response to this RFI.


Some of the functionality oNSPIRES uses terminology that does not corresponprecisely to the collectioof RFdata. For instance,when submitting responses to this RFI, submitters will be prompted to AccesProposals/NOIs’ in the NSPIRES OptionPage.


NSPIRES Account Registration


All respondents are required to register with NSPIRES and are asked to familiarize themselvewith its structure anenter the requestedidentifier informationThe NSPIRES site is secure, and all information entered is strictly for NASuse only.


Respondents do not have to affiliate with an organization andnot have to have an authorizeorganizational representative submit ontheir behalf. To register for an account, go t anclick on “Getting an Account on the left handmargin of the screen.


Creating Your RFI Response


Responses must be submitted using the Notice of Intent (NOI)” module within the NSPIRES systemTo -initiate an RFI response:


-     Log iusinyour NSPIRES user name anpassword (

-     Access “Proposals/NOIs” ithe NSPIRES Option Page.

-     Click othe Create NOI buttoon the right side of the screen.

-     Select “SGCFPTGRFI”

-     For ‘Proposal Title’ enter your name

-     On the SUBMITTING ORGANIZATION page, click on the ‘Do Not Link At This Time’ button

-     On the VIEW NOI page, click the ‘Program Specific Data link’

-     Click the ‘Edit’ button to enter your information and click the ‘Confirm’ button when finished.

-     To upload a CV or biographical summary, click the ‘Add’ button for NOI Attachments. Document must be saved as a PDF.

-     When complete, click the ‘Submit NOI’ button

-     Click "Continue" to proceed with submission

-     To continue with submittal, click on "SUBMIT" again to confirm. To return to the NOI, click "Back to NOI".


If you have CV readily available, it can be uploadeas an attachment under NOI Attachments” in NSPIRES.


Providing information at this time does not commit you to serve, nor will NASA be obligated to use yoas reviewer for this opportunity.




Inquiries regarding this RFI should be submitted viemail


Requests for assistance in accessing and/or using the NSPIRES website may be submitted by email orby telephone to (202) 479-9376, Monday through Friday (8:00 AM6:0PM Eastern Time). FAQs on NSPIRES may be accessedthrough the Proposal Online Help site a TutorialoNSPIRES are available at


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