Dual Use Technology Development Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) at Marshall Space Flight Center

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), located in Huntsville, Alabama is one of NASA’s largest and most diversified installations. The Marshall Center provides leadership in the complex engineering of space transportation and propulsion systems, large space structures and systems, and scientific research to make human space exploration a reality. Marshall is responsible for NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and for developing advanced technologies that are necessary to support NASA’s Artemis program and related projects to return humans to the Moon, as well as the human journey to Mars. Marshall also manages a number of programs and projects, including the International Space Station (ISS) environmental control and life support system, its payload operations, and numerous other facilities and experiments; the Chandra X-ray Observatory; the Discovery and New Frontiers programs; space technology demonstration missions; and the Michoud Assembly Facility where space vehicles are manufactured and assembled. 

This notice is seeking responses from potential partners interested in entering into a cooperative agreement with NASA for the joint development of technologies to meet partner needs as well as those of MSFC. These MSFC technology development projects are sponsored by the Center Associate Director, Technical, and managed at the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama. 

This CAN will follow a 2-step process for proposal submissions. Step-1 of the proposal process is submission of a White Paper by the Offeror. The Offeror may submit a Step-1 White Paper at any time prior to the due date of either one of two White Paper open periods noted below. In Step-2 of the process, NASA will assess each White Paper submitted in the applicable Open Period and invite selected White Paper Offerors to submit a full Project Proposal.

Step-1 White Paper due dates:

  • Open Period 1 due date: October 16, 2019, 2:00 PM CST
  • Open Period 2 due date: May 6, 2020, 2:00 PM CDT

Closing Date: Sep. 30, 2020

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Marshall’s four principal Mission areas are:

• Travelling To and Through Space Marshall is developing the SLS and other critical elements and technologies essential for the nation’s human space exploration mission. The new heavy-lift launch vehicle will send humans, deep-space transportation systems, and science payloads on new missions of exploration and discovery beyond low-Earth orbit. Marshall is also the Agency lead for chemical propulsion and is developing related in-space and lander applications.

• Living and Working in Space Marshall is advancing essential systems – such as environmental control and life support systems – to ensure astronauts will be able to safely live and work in deep space. Marshall is home to the Payload Operations and Integration Center, which manages all scientific research operations on the ISS around-the-clock, 365 days a year.

• Understanding Our World and Beyond Marshall enables scientific discovery through development and testing of hardware and instruments for a variety of projects in high-energy astrophysics, heliophysics, and applied Earth science.

• Supporting Agency Mission Operations Marshall is responsible for the Agency’s communications program within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Marshall supports the Agency through end-user service, enterprise applications, and Information Technology authority for OCIO communications services

MSFC has several technology development focus areas for this notice, including

• Innovative/Advanced Propulsion Systems

• Advanced Manufacturing; Structures and Materials

• Technologies Supporting On-orbit and Surface Habitation Systems, including Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS)

• Technologies Supporting Spacecraft Systems

• Technologies Enabling Science Research

Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility: Open to United States commercial businesses, colleges and universities.

Amount Description

Project awards are contingent upon availability of funds. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

May 6, 2020