- Status Report
- May 9, 2023
NASA Biological and Physical Sciences Division Commercially Enabled Rapid Space Science (CERISS) Initiative Included In STMD TechFlights Solicitation
To the BPS Community, I’m pleased to announced that the Biological and Physical Sciences Division is partnering with the Space Technology Mission Directorate on a recently released Flight Opportunities Announcement (https://tinyurl.com/NASA-23FO-F1).
Topic 2 is BPS’s Commercially Enabled Rapid Space Science (CERISS) Initiative, which aims to develop transformative research capabilities with the commercial space industry to dramatically increase the pace of BPS research in Low Earth Orbit research, via in situ sample preparation and in situ sample analysis. I encourage you to review the announcement and submit proposals that correspond with your interest. Please feel free to share this widely. Thank you.
Diane C. Malarik
Acting Director, Biological and Physical Sciences Division
Science Mission Directorate
Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters Building
300 Hidden Figures Way SW, Washington D.C. 20546
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released a solicitation titled “Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital and Orbital Flight Opportunities ‘TechFlights’” as an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2023 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2023).”
The purpose of this Appendix is to provide funding for the testing or demonstration of space technologies in relevant environments through flights on U.S. commercial suborbital rockets, rocket-powered lander vehicles, high-altitude balloons, and aircraft following reduced-gravity flight profiles, as well as orbital platforms hosting payloads.
A Mandatory Preliminary Proposal (MPP) is due on or before June 7, 2023, at 5:00 pm ET, with Full Proposals (by invitation only) due on or before October 4, 2023, at 5:00 pm ET. Note that the submission of a Mandatory Preliminary Proposal is a prerequisite to be invited to submit a Full Proposal. Selections are expected to be announced in February 2024 (target).
Technologies must address one of the following topics: 1) Cislunar, Lunar Surface, and In-Space Infrastructure & Capabilities, 2) Enabling Crew-Tended Flight Addressing the Commercially Enabled Rapid Space Science (CERISS) Initiative.
All U.S. private entities (for-profit and non-profit), Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (except NASA JPL), and U.S. universities may propose under this Appendix. Proposing U.S. entities may include a participating foreign entity but shall not transfer any awarded funds to their foreign partner. NASA will not consider proposals that do not include a domestic entity as the lead proposer. Any foreign entity prohibited from participation by the eligibility information in the NRA or by U.S. law is prohibited from proposing to this Appendix. Proposals involving bilateral participation, collaboration, or coordination in any way with China or any Chinese-owned company, whether funded or performed under a no-exchange-of-funds arrangement, may be ineligible for award. ITAR and EAR requirements may apply to foreign partners.
This Appendix is applicable to external, non-NASA Principal Investigators. NASA employees and contractors may, however, participate as Co-Investigators and/or Collaborators.
The solicitation is available by opening the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at https://nspires.nasaprs.com, selecting “Open” under “Solicitations,” entering the title or solicitation number (80HQTR23NOA01-23FO_F1) in the Solicitation # / Key Information field, and then selecting “Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital and Orbital Flight Opportunities ‘TechFlights’.” To go directly to the solicitation page, visit https://tinyurl.com/NASA-23FO-F1.
Astrobiology, Space Biology, Microgravity