NASA Request for Information on Development of Flight Capacity Building Programs for Emerging International Partners

Status Report From: NASA Science Mission Directorate
Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Solicitation Number: NNH21ZDA012L

Release Date: March 16,2021

Response Date: May 21, 2021


NASA’s Science Mission Directorate requests input from the community on ideas for programs that build the capacity of emerging international partners to partner with NASA on flight programs as it seeks to cultivate cooperation with more international partners. The information requested should include information on innovative ways to create a capacity development program that will provide training for leaders from partner nations that have few to no partnerships with NASA in flight projects and missions.


This is a Request for Information (RFI) on behalf of NASA’s entire Science Mission Directorate. A response to this RFI does not guarantee a commitment that NASA will fund such capacity development programs. Any program that is developed by NASA would follow all rules and regulations regarding ITAR, EAR and Appropriations Act restrictions related to China. The RFI responses will assist SMD in developing part if its overall strategy implementation for international partnerships.


This RFI seeks responses broadly from U.S. industry, universities, non-profit organizations, individuals, NASA centers, and other U.S. government agencies. NASA will use responses to further inform planning and possible program development.


This email is a partial summary of the RFI. For the full text of the RFI and response instructions, visit the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at by searching on solicitation number NNH21ZDA012L or via the direct link provided:{D02E3FD8-09D6-5FF2-9DED-9BEB11FCF2AA}&path=&method=initIn the event of any future lapses to the NASA operations, RFI respondents should visit NSPIRES, the official NASA source for this RFI. 


All responses to this RFI must be submitted in an electronic format via NSPIRES, located at


Please email questions and comments concerning this RFI to the email address below, no later than April 23, 2021 at 11:59pm Eastern, with the subject line: Emerging Partner Capacity Building RFI. NASA intends to respond to received questions by May 7, 2021. The email below is not to be used for RFI response submissions; any submissions made via these email addresses will not be considered.


Ursula Rick, PhD

Policy Branch

Science Mission Directorate

National Aeronautics and Space Administration


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