NASA Seeks Early-Career Faculty Proposals for America’s Space Program

NASA has released a solicitation seeking proposals from early-career faculty related to specific high-priority areas of interest to America’s space program.

The solicitation, available on NSPIRES, is an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) NASA Research Announcement (NRA), titled “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2017 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2017).”

The Appendix seeks proposals from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of outstanding early-career faculty members who are beginning independent research careers. The grants will sponsor research in specific high-priority areas of interest to America’s space program. It is intended to accelerate the development of groundbreaking, high-risk/high-payoff space technologies to support future space science and exploration needs of NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector.

Grants will be funded up to $200,000 each per year, for as many as three years, based on the merit of proposals and availability of funds.

This Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to one of the four topics described:

  • Integrated Photonic Sensors and Science Instrument Subsystems

–      The objective of this topic is to develop miniaturized sensor and instrument subsystems based on photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology for future NASA science missions.

  • Meso- and Micro-scale Fluidic Sample Acquisition and Handling for Human Exploration and Space Science Missions

–      The objective of this topic is to develop miniaturized fluidic gas or liquid sample handling and acquisition systems for future NASA science and human exploration missions.

  • Cognitive Communications for NASA Science and Exploration

–      The objective of this topic is to develop novel cognitive approaches to optimize the performance of space communications links on future NASA science and human explorations missions.

  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Solutions for NASA Data Challenges 

–      The objective of this topic is to develop and apply advanced data science methodologies, such as predictive analytics and machine learning, to aid domain experts in discovering new insights for NASA science and exploration.

Notices of Intent are requested by March 3, 2017, and the deadline for proposal submissions is March 31, 2017.

Should you or your associates desire to contact the ECF Team with any questions, please direct your correspondence/inquiries to hq-ecf-call@mail.nasa.gov.