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NASA Seeks Proposals on Tipping Point and Emerging Space Technologies

June 8th, 2015 by Rebecca Norman

Public and private industry partners are encouraged to explore two new National Aeronautics and Space Administration solicitations. The first NASA solicitation for Tipping Point Technologies seeks proposals by July 23 for technologies that enable or provide the following:

  • Robotic, in-space manufacturing and assembly of spacecraft and space structures;
  • Low size, weight, and power instruments for remote sensing applications;
  • Small spacecraft attitude determination and control sensors and actuators; and
  • Small spacecraft propulsion systems.

Notices of Intent for the NASA Tipping Point solicitation are due July 1. The lead proposer must be a U.S. for-profit business, thought the lead small business applicant can team with academic institutions, non-profit organizations, federally funded research and development centers, NASA civil servants, or jet propulsion laboratories. A corporate/customer contribution of 25% is required for applications to be eligible for award.

Depending on the topic area, funding for Tipping Point awards range from $2 million to $20 million for performance periods of 18-24 months. Recipients that are small businesses may elect to retain title to their inventions as outlined in the Bayh-Dole Act.

NASA Tipping Point Solicitation

NASA has also issued an announcement of collaborative opportunity (ACO), “Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Emerging Space Technology System Capabilities.” The agency seeks partnerships to develop technologies in the following areas:

  • Suborbital reusable and small satellite launch systems development; power transfer development;
  • Thermal protection system materials and systems development;
  • Green propellant thruster technology qualification; and
  • Small, affordable, high performance liquid propellant rocket engine development.

Notices of Intent for the Emerging Space Technologies ACO are due July 1. Final proposals are due July 30. The lead proposer must be a U.S. private sector entity, including non-profits. All private sector entities must partner with a NASA Center, and can propose additional teaming arrangements as outlined in the announcement instructions.

NASA anticipates making up to nine total awards under this solicitation. Awards will range from $1-2 million for project performance periods up to 24 months. Cost sharing is not required for the Emerging Technologies opportunity.

Emerging Technologies Announcement

Both NASA solicitations request applicants to include quad summary charts that represent their proposals during the review process. The quad chart template can be found within each solicitation.

Details about both NASA Funding Opportunities