[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 Directorate. 

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

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 solicitation.

Sources and Additional Background:

The complete solicitation, as well as frequently asked questions and information on other space technology programs, is available at
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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