Space Technology


The Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering, new technologies and capabilities needed by the agency to achieve its current and future missions. STMD rapidly develops, demonstrates, and infuses revolutionary, high-payoff technologies through transparent, collaborative partnerships, expanding the boundaries of the aerospace enterprise. Space Technology funds will be used to fund NASA Federal Financial Assistance awards.

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
Generally, applications are solicited from institutions of higher learning and non-profit organizations. All applicants should review the appropriate funding announcement to determine eligibility for a specific project.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Review funding opportunity announcement for additional information.
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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is not required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. See individual funding opportunity announcements to determine if Notice of Intent and/or Phase 1 proposals are required. All Principle Investigators and Co-Investigators are required to register in NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integration and Review System (NSPIRS)
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 phase 1/phase 2 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
From 60 to 90 days.
How are proposals selected?
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.
2 CFR 1800 NASA Grants and Cooperative Agreements Manual
Records shall be retained in accordance with 2 CFR SS200.333.
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
Patrick Murphy
Strategic Planning & Integration - 300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546 USA
Phone: 202.358.1114
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$23,988,866.00; FY 19 est $36,808,845.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$300,000.00; FY 16$25,281,410.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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