Space Technology


NASAs Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) aims to transform future missions while ensuring American leadership in aerospace. As NASA embarks on the next era of space exploration with Artemis, STMD is advancing technologies and testing new capabilities at the Moon. Many of the same systems will prove critical at Mars. STMDs portfolio spans a range of discipline areas and technology readiness levels. STMD bolsters and funds diverse ideas from entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators across the country. Space technology research and development occurs at NASA centers, universities, national labs, and small businesses. STMD leverages partnerships with other government agencies and commercial partners to quickly advance and demonstrate cross-cutting capabilities. Investments in revolutionary, American-made space technologies provide solutions on Earth and in space. We make our innovations available to commercial companies to generate real-world benefits everything from creating jobs to saving lives.

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; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; I - Use of Property, Facilities, and Equipment; M - Training
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
NASA recognizes and supports the benefits of having diverse and inclusive scientific, engineering, and technology communities and fully expects the reflection of such values in the composition of all panels and teams, including peer review panels, proposal teams, science definition teams, and mission and instrument teams. Per Federal statutes and NASA policy, no eligible applicant shall experience exclusion from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from NASA on the grounds of their race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, or disability. NASA welcomes proposals from all qualified and eligible sources, and strongly encourages proposals from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs), veteran-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), HUBZone small businesses, and women-owned small businesses (WOSBs), as eligibility requirements apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Institutions apply on behalf of individuals. All STMD financial assistance complies with 14 CFR 1250, i.e., the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that ensures that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any STMD-funded research or research-related activities. As a condition of receipt of NASA funding, the institution acknowledges and agrees that it must comply (and require any beneficiaries, e.g., subgrantees, contractors, successors, transferees, and assignees to comply) with applicable provisions of national laws and policies prohibiting discrimination
Financial Assistance Use of Unique Entity Identifier and SAM Requirements, Copy of Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement is required for all entities requesting indirect costs. Check each funding announcement to determine if other credentials, certifications or documentation are required.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. See individual funding opportunity announcements to determine if Notice of Intent and/or multi-phase proposals are required. All Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators are required to register in NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integration and Review System (NSPIRES)
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. General application processes and procedures are found in the NASA Proposers Guide. Review the individual funding opportunity announcement and updates for specific application procedures, including requirements for intent to apply and multi-phase applications.
Award Procedure
General award processes and procedures are found in the NASA Proposers Guide. Review the individual funding opportunity announcement and updates for any deviations that may apply to that funding opportunity.
For the latest opportunities to work with STMD, see our current and upcoming solicitations. Review individual solicitations for specific deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Review the individual funding opportunity announcement and updates for any deviations that may apply to that funding opportunity.
From 30 to 60 days. NASA appeals policy and process can be found in the NASA Grant and Cooperative agreement manual.
From 60 to 90 days.
How are proposals selected?
Please refer to individual solicitations for specific criteria. Generally, evaluation of intrinsic merit includes consideration of the following factors: (i) Overall scientific or technical merit of the proposal and/or unique and innovative methods, approaches, concepts, or advanced technologies demonstrated by the proposal; (ii) Proposer's capabilities, related experience, facilities, techniques, or unique combination of these which are integral factors for achieving the proposal's objectives; (iii) The qualifications, capabilities, and experience of the proposed principal investigator, team leader, or key personnel critical in achieving the proposal objectives; and (iv) Evaluation against the state-of-the-art. Review panels are instructed not to compare proposals to each other; all comparative evaluations are conducted by NASA program personnel.
How may assistance be used?
Basic research, applied research, technology development, or training opportunities in the area of space technology.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The requesting office is required to monitor recipient performance for an incremental period 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.
Records shall be retained in accordance with 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
Generally, up to three years but no more than five years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
LK Kubendran
Strategic Planning & Integration - 300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546 USA
Phone: 202.358.2528
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$68,632,904.00; FY 23 est $64,629,348.00; FY 24 est $69,088,006.00; FY 21$36,509,432.00; FY 20$56,590,000.00; FY 19$28,504,127.00; FY 18$23,988,866.00; FY 17$300,000.00; FY 16$25,281,410.00; - FY 2024 estimates are contingent on appropriated levels
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Total individual award sizes will vary based on scope from tens of thousands to millions of dollars per award.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2019 Award selections are publicly announced for each STMD solicitation. For example, a list of FY 2019 graduate student grants spanning a wide range of space technology disciplines (e.g., entry, descent and landing; materials and manufacturing; robotics; autonomy; power generation and energy storage) is available here. Note that detailed descriptions of all STMD technology investments to date are provided through NASA’s TechPort system.
Fiscal Year 2020
Fiscal Year 2021
Fiscal Year 2022
Fiscal Year 2023
Fiscal Year 2024 STMD anticipates awards to continue the focus on NASA’s Moon to Mars Strategy and Objectives in addition to other opportunities.


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