Congressionally Directed Programs


NASA Community Projects/NASA Special Projects are provided by Congress for specific projects or programs in such a manner that the allocation (a) circumvents a merit-based or competitive allocation process, (b) applies to a very limited number of individuals or entities or (c) otherwise curtails the ability of the Executive Branch to independently manage the agency budget.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2022 Includes 21 Congressionally Directed Community Projects ($23.655M)
Fiscal Year 2023 Includes 15 Congressionally Directed Community Projects ($31.701M)
Fiscal Year 2024 To be determined
FY 22 Community Projects, Title NASA Community Projects/NASA Special Projects, Part E.O. 13457, Public Law NASA Community Projects/NASA Special Projects-P.L. 117-328
Congressional Community Projects
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Community Projects/Special Projects are specified in the Explanatory Statement, by reference, and the intended recipient of a Community Project/Special Project is designated in the Explanatory Statement pursuant to the statute.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
The explanatory statements accompanying FY 2022 and FY 2023 appropriations acts for NASA identify NASA Special Projects/NASA Community Projects within NASA's Safety, Security and Mission Support (SSMS) appropriations account. The appropriations acts incorporate NASA Special Project/NASA Community Projects specified in the accompanying explanatory statements, by reference, into the acts. The intended recipient of a Community Project/Special Project is designated in the Explanatory Statement and is pursuant to statute.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. NASA solicits proposals from the designated recipients. Recipients develop proposals and submit to NASA for review and evaluation.
Award Procedure
Upon completion of the evaluation, the NASA Shared Services Center issues a notice of award to the designated recipients.
Proposers shall review the Request for Proposal (RFP) for application deadlines or contact the appropriate Point of Contact proposal for additional information
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are evaluated based on a common evaluation criteria. The following elements or factors, each approximately equal in weight, are considered in evaluating any proposal for the non-discretionary award of a grant: (1) The proposal's relevance to NASA's mission; (2) The intrinsic scientific, engineering, or educational merit of the proposed eff ort; (3) Cost allowability, allocability, and reasonability.
How may assistance be used?
Training, Education Outreach, Technology Development; Research
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: In a manner that permits evaluation and review of the effort performed. For example, measurement criteria may include: (1) Meeting specified milestones between beginning and ending dates, (2) Successful completion of significant activities or objectives identified, and/or (3) On-time delivery of reports and other required documentation.
Not applicable.
NASA follows the requirements from 2 CFR 200.333
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
All Community Projects/Special Projects must comply with the bona fide needs rule. The funds provided for these Community Projects/Special Projects are from a two-year appropriation. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Charles Brooks
300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546 USA
Phone: 202.358.2582
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 23$30,701,000.00; FY 24 est $30,701,000.00; FY 25 FY 22$23,665,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
General and Special Conditions (Award Terms) 2 CFR 200 NASA Grant & Cooperative Agreement Manual Research Terms and Conditions
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2022 Hydroponics Research; Aerospace Systems and Technology Developments; Integrated Circuit Platform Project; Ecological Modeling; Research Center
Fiscal Year 2023 Support for Advanced Materials Research and Research Equipment; Planetariums Projects; Advanced Air Mobility Education; Digital Manufacturing Technology; Next Generation Innovation for a Resilient Supply Chain
Fiscal Year 2024 To Be Determined


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