[I omitted the details of this funding opportunity when I sent out my 
weekly notices yesterday. Stephen Nash]
Funding Opportunity: NASA Releases Early Stage Innovations Solicitation*//

On June 4, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 
announced its annual Early Stage Innovations (ESI) solicitation for 
innovative space technology proposals to advance technology at low 
Technology Readiness Levels.  This is the third solicitation for Early 
Stage Innovations proposals from NASA's Space Technology Mission 

The topics for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 competition are:

  * Advanced thermal protection materials modeling
  * Computational materials
      o Uncertainty quantification for additive manufacturing
      o Computational modeling of NDE interactions in composite structures
  * Technologies for In situ utilization of asteroid materials
  * Mobile robotic surface probe concepts for planetary exploration
  * Kinetic penetrators for icy planetary moons
  * Advanced technology habitat system

These topics support NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate areas 
of: "advanced life support and resource utilization, Mars entry descent 
and landing systems, space robotic systems, and lightweight space 

NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, which began as the Space 
Technology program in 2010, invests in potentially game-changing 
technology with applications across NASA mission directorates.  NASA 
sees the university community as an important partner in accelerating 
innovative technology development and in training the next generation of 
scientists, technologists, and engineers needed to support NASA 
technology development.  Topics are aligned with NASA's Space Technology 
Roadmaps, which were developed by NASA and reviewed by the National 
Research Council in 2012.

*Letters of Intent*: June 24, 2014 (5 PM EST)
*Due Date*: July 21, 2014 (5 PM EST, 2 PM PST)

*Total Funding and Award Size*: Approximately 12 awards will be granted 
in Fall 2014, with total amounts up to $500,000.

*Eligibility and Limitations*: The program is limited to accredited U.S. 
universities.  Partnering with other U.S. universities, industry, or 
government agency is permitted subject to restrictions. /See full 

*Sources and Additional Background*:

The complete solicitation, as well as frequently asked questions and 
information on other space technology programs, is available at{1A828C6C-9B29-31E6-8151-D6C3533C4028}&path=open 

The press release announcing the solicitation can be found at 

NASA's Space Technology Roadmaps can be found at


Stephen G. Nash
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Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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