Synopsis - Aug 24, 2010
RFI Appendix - Posted on Aug 24, 2010
Solicitation Number: NNH10UA006L-1
Posted Date: Aug 24, 2010
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Aug 24, 2010
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
Original Response Date: Sep 12, 2010
Current Response Date: Sep 12, 2010
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712 - Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology)
Contracting Office Address
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771
In Fiscal Year 2011, NASA plans to begin the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. The Office of the Chief Technologist is fostering the development of innovative, low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) concepts to accelerate the development of transformational capabilities and "push" technologies. NIAC will fund early studies of visionary concepts that could dramatically improve aerospace missions 10 or more years in the future.
To support program formulation, the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) is seeking input on the NIAC plans described in this document and suggestions for revolutionary aerospace concepts or topic areas that NASA should consider.
NIAC is part of OCT's Early Stage Innovation (ESI) Division. ESI efforts are expected to be short term - typically one year in duration - to mature concepts and technologies that could significantly enhance various missions, or enable NASA to pursue entirely new missions. These OCT efforts will complement the NASA Mission Directorates' focused technology activities, which directly support their planned missions. While the Mission Directorate efforts typically begin at TRL 3 or higher, this program will target...
- TRL 1 (basic principles observed and reported),
- TRL 2 (technology concept and/or application formulated), or
- early TRL 3 (analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept)
at the beginning of the selected effort. The full TRL scale and associated definitions are provided in the Appendix.
Through this sustained, deliberate investment in a low TRL portfolio, NASA is seeking:
- Revolutionary concepts and technologies that will greatly advance NASA's missions
- Ideas that may result in beneficial changes to NASA's long-range plans
- Cross-cutting technologies that contribute new technological approaches for aerospace applications and, ideally, also fulfill national needs in areas such as communications, power, energy storage, propulsion, safety, and security.
Several external and NASA-sponsored studies in the past decade have identified key technology advances that would benefit potential future missions:
This list of references may be considered a starting point for the topics to be considered, and is not intended to be comprehensive.
In the spirit of the original NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts, the reinstated NIAC will invite innovative yet technically credible advanced concepts that could one day change the possible in aeronautics and space.
Planned Approach and Typical Awards
NIAC will support innovative research through two phases of study. It is expected that the Phase I awards will be $100K for a one-year effort to explore the overall viability and advance the TRL of a visionary concept.
It is expected that NIAC Phase II awards will be $500K for up to two years, to further develop the most promising concepts and explore potential infusion options, both within and outside of NASA. Phase II awards will be competitively selected from proposals based on successful NIAC Phase I studies (past or present).
It is NASA's intent to share all knowledge developed under this program, and public dissemination of results will be required.
Awards are expected to be in the form of grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, or intra-agency transfers, depending on the nature of the submitting organization and proposed effort.
Planned Eligibility Requirements
The goal of NIAC is to give visionary ideas a chance. NASA recognizes that concepts to transform the future may come from innovators across the nation, so the Phase I competition will be open to everyone. Prospective investigators from any educational institution, private or public company, organization, Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) or NASA Center (including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) are welcome to respond to this solicitation. Partnerships are welcome. Teaming with non-U.S. organizations in proposed efforts is also permitted, but subject to NASA's policy of no exchange of funds.
The science/technical/management section of each proposal will be limited to 8 pages in length. A Work Plan delineating how the Recipient/Awardee will accomplish the Goals and Objectives of the proposal shall be included as part of the proposal. The Work Plan will be evaluated in accordance with the planned evaluation criteria (below).
Planned Evaluation Criteria
The following criteria (listed in descending order of importance) are planned: