The NASA Mission draws support from NASAs world- class capability for aeronautical research founded on a tradition of expertise in aeronautical engineering and core research areas from within the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD). ARMD maintains and advances U.S. global leadership in aviation through applications of new concepts and technologies pioneered by NASA and developed in partnership with U.S. Industry that lead to transformative improvements in mobility, efficiency, and safety.

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; L - Dissemination of Technical Information
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2021 In the area of Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations, NASA successfully completed demonstrations of Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface system capabilities in two busy airports, Dallas/Fort Worth and Charlotte. The new system significantly improved operational efficiency which reduces fuel burn and emissions. As an example of the benefits, at the Charlotte airport, over the period September 2017 to September 2021, this new capability saved over one million gallons of fuel and over 23 million pounds of CO2 emissions. These were the final demonstrations in a series of airspace technology demonstrations. In Commercial Supersonic Aircraft, NASA made significant progress in the Low-Boom Flight Demonstration Mission. The Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (X-59) aircraft began the final stages of assembly. In preparation for the X-59 flight validation testing, NASA developed techniques to collect noise and performance data. NASA conducted a flight test of a nose mounted shock sensing probe on NASA’s F-15 aircraft that will measure shock wave structure. NASA’s effort in Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports culminated in the Sustainable Flight National Partnership to further develop and mature technologies for the next generation commercial aircraft. The Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstrations (EPFD) project will help to rapidly mature, and transition integrated electrified aircraft propulsion technologies for introduction into the global fleet in the 2030s. In the area of In-Time System-Wide Safety assurance, NASA developed techniques that process vehicle operating performance data to predict system safety and evaluate potential mitigations. NASA demonstrated these predictive techniques for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vehicles. NASA evaluated the use of a tool to actively monitor components while in operation to constrain the behavior of machine learning-enabled system components. This evaluation will enable the FAA to develop requirements for certification of autonomous systems. With industry collaboration, NASA successfully completed development testing for the AAM National Campaign (NC) that demonstrated maturity of key systems and infrastructure. In support of the NC test series, NASA developed airspace management capabilities to enable urban air mobility operations.
Fiscal Year 2022 In the area of Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations, NASA, with industry partners, demonstrated a cloud-based trajectory management service that enables flight operators to identify efficient departure routes and improve the environmental sustainability of air transportation. In collaboration with the FAA, NASA created a web-based portal to help develop a vision of NAS operations in 2045 with input from a broad set of stakeholders. This process identified critical research and development needs. NASA conducted a series of simulations and flight tests with industry partners as part of the AAM National Campaign flight demonstrations to evaluate system-level safety, integration scenarios, and scalable system concepts. In Commercial Supersonic Aircraft, NASA made significant progress on the Quesst Mission. The X-59 supersonic aircraft was shipped to a Lockheed Martin facility in Fort Worth, TX, where it successfully completed the ground proof loads and fuel system checkout tests. NASA conducted sonic boom wind tunnel testing using a 1.6 percent scale model of the X-59 quiet supersonic technologies aircraft. These wind tunnel tests provided additional experimental data to use along with X-59 flight data. NASA conducted flight experiments using test aircraft at the Armstrong Flight Research Center to evaluate the initial version of the ground level noise recording systems. Evaluating these ground recording systems ensures that they are ready to accurately record ground-level noise from X-59 flights. In Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports, NASA made significant progress on the SFNP Mission. NASA tested megawatt (MW)-scale aircraft electrical powertrains under flight altitude conditions. This test was the first MW-class electrified powertrain testing at the NASA Electric Aircraft Testbed facility. NASA successfully completed a Delta System Readiness Review and a flight partner Preliminary Design Review for the Electrified Powertrain Flight Demonstrations project. NASA, in collaboration with industry, conducted aerodynamic buffet testing of an advanced thin wing Transonic Truss-Braced Wing (TTBW) model to better understand the aerodynamics of this concept. NASA and its partners completed design reviews, facility preparations, hardware assembly, and a portion of testing for technology development for small-core engines. NASA selected an initial set of technologies to enable high-rate composite manufacturing. In Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles, NASA made significant progress toward the objectives of the AAM Mission. NASA conducted multiple wind tunnel experiments of different single-rotor and multi-rotor vertical lift vehicle configurations to validate computer-based design methods. NASA completed facility upgrades and initiated system testing for components of electric propulsion systems for AAM vehicles. Data obtained in the facility will be part of an effort to both understand and predict component failure and will provide vital data to regulatory agencies, such as the FAA. NASA demonstrated improved computer-based tools for predicting and evaluating the noise and performance of AAM vehicle configurations. These efforts benefited the AAM community by providing design tools and guidelines that increase the likelihood that their new aircraft designs will meet noise goals before the development and construction of a full-scale vehicle. In the area of In-Time System-Wide Safety assurance, NASA completed research that produced several tools and techniques for the verification and validation of critical aviation software systems. Industry partners helped to evaluate these tools, which were shown to significantly reduce verification and validation costs. With industry collaboration, NASA successfully completed development testing for the AAM National Campaign (NC) that demonstrated maturity of key systems and infrastructure. In support of the NC test series, NASA developed airspace management capabilities to enable urban air mobility operations. In Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation, NASA engaged with industry to develop and evaluate novel air traffic management capabilities for AAM vehicles in flight. These capabilities were rigorously validated in a controlled environment and were transitioned for use in field demonstrations. NASA delivered draft evidence and recommendations on the use of run-time monitoring for automated components and the robustness of remote operators as a backup in case of automation failure to industry standards committees and safety and regulatory partners.
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 ARMD 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 ARMD -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 & SAM requirements. Review NASA Proposers Guide and Grant and Cooperative Agreement (GCAM)for specific certifications and assurance requirements.
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 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
October 1, 2020 Applicants should review funding opportunity announcement for specific deadlines and other key dates. See the Funding Opportunity for specific deadline information. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. See the Funding Opportunity for specific deadline information
From 30 to 60 days. Additional information regarding NASA appeals policy and process can be found in the NASA Grant and Cooperative Agreement Manual
From 30 to 60 days. Renewal and extension information can be found in the NASA Grants and Cooperative Agreement Manual (GCAM) and the NASA NSSC website at
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, Educational Outreach, or Training Opportunities in the area of Aeronautics. Review funding opportunity announcement for additional information.
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.
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
Generally, up to three years but no more than five years. Review funding opportunity announcement for additional information. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
ARMD does not have any regional or local offices outside of Washington, DC
Headquarters Office
Neal Nijhawan
Program Manager
300 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20546 USA
Phone: 202.358.2305
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$69,771,170.00; FY 23 est $59,740,000.00; FY 24 est $59,740,000.00; FY 21$30,390,927.00; FY 20$29,196,851.00; FY 19$41,945,956.00; FY 18$37,226,670.00; FY 17 est $40,000.00; FY 16$34,398,898.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
General and Special Conditions (Award Terms) 2 CFR 1800 NASA Grant & Cooperative Agreement Manual Research Terms and Conditions
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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