Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies Draft Appendix

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters is issuing a Draft Appendix entitled "Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies" to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) umbrella NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled "Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2016 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2016).

The purpose of this notice is to announce an opportunity for potential offerors to submit comments on the draft Appendix.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) continues to embrace public-private partnerships to achieve its strategic goals for expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. A key aspect of NASA's strategy is to stimulate the commercial space industry while leveraging those same commercial capabilities through public-private partnerships to deliver technologies and capabilities needed for future NASA, other government agency, and commercial missions. With the recent increase of U.S. private sector companies interested in space applications, NASA is seeking commercial space technologies that are at a "tipping point" in their development cycle. For the purpose of this Appendix, a space technology is at a tipping point if an investment in a ground development/demonstration or a flight demonstration will result in a significant advancement of the technology's maturation, and a high likelihood for utilization of the technology in a commercial space application, and a significant improvement in the offerors' ability to successfully bring the space technology to market.

This Appendix is seeking U.S. industry led proposals to advance "tipping point" space technologies, executed through firm-fixed-price contracts with milestone payments. See draft Appendix section 3.0 for full list of eligibility requirements/restrictions. The award instrument will be a firm-fixed-price contract with milestone payments tied to technical achievement.

Response Date: Jul. 25, 2016

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Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

July 25, 2016