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.

Agency - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration serves as the nation's forefront of such exploration and continues to pioneer in aeronautics, exploration systems, science and space operations.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Georgia Tech Research Corporation $ 3,000,000   2021-10-012026-09-30
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 3,000,000   2021-06-152026-09-30
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 80,000   2021-08-302025-08-29
University Of Illinois $ 80,000   2021-08-302025-08-29
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 80,000   2021-08-302025-08-29
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 80,000   2021-08-302025-08-29
University Of Massachusetts $ 72,210   2021-08-302025-08-29
William Marsh Rice University $ 80,000   2021-08-302025-08-29
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology $ 80,000   2021-08-302025-08-29
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology $ 80,000   2021-08-302025-08-29

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Basic research, applied research, technology development, or training opportunities in the area of space tecnology.

Review funding announcements for specific restrictions.

All Space Technology funds are available via discretionary appropriations.

No research grants are awarded without full and open competition.

Eligibility Requirements

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 Universial Identifier and regisration in System of Award Management (SAM) are required. 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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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)

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 Procedures

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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


From 60 to 90 days.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements. In general match/cost sharing is not required for research grants. However, applicants should review the funding annoucements for match/cost sharing requirments that would apply to that specific Announcement of Opportunity.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally, up to three years but no more than five years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: by letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual Progress Reports (Summary of Annual Progress/Metrics); Quarterly Progress Reports (Summary of Quarterly Progress/Metrics), Summary of Research/Educational Outreach Reports, and FFATA (FSRS) Reports.

NASA has a New Technology Reporting requirement.

See NASA Grants and Cooperative Agreement for interim and final reporting requirements. Some funding opportunities may had additional reporting requirements.

a Federal Cash Transactions Report (SF 425), and, when applicable, a Continuation Sheet (SF 425) electronically to DHHS/PMS within 30 working days following the end of each Federal Fiscal quarter.

NASA uses the Research Performance Progress Report.

A final SF 425 in electronic or paper form to NASA within 90 calendar days after the expiration date of the grant.

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.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Records shall be retained in accordance with 2 CFR §200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 16 $25,281,410; FY 17 est $300,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Jennifer Richards 300 E Street, SW, Mail Stop: LH010, Washington, District of Columbia 20546 Email: Phone: (202) 358-0047 Fax: (202) 358-3082.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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