Seed Fund

    The IPP Partnership Seed Fund enhances NASA's ability to meet mission technology goals by providing seed funding to address barriers and initiate cost-shared, joint-development partnerships. The IPP Seed Fund will be used to provide "bridge" funding to enable larger partnerships and development efforts to occur and will encourage, to the maximum extent possible, the leveraging of funding, resources and expertise from non-NASA partners, NASA Programs and Projects and NASA Centers.

    Partnership goals include providing for an increased range of technology solutions, a broadened technology portfolio, improved cost avoidance, accelerated development and maturation of technologies, and a larger pool of qualified commercial providers.
    • An annual process for selecting innovative partnerships for funding, to address the technology priorities of NASA's Mission Directorates.
    • Enhances NASA's ability to meet Mission capability goals by providing leveraged funding to address technology barriers via cost-shared, joint-development partnerships.
    • The IPP Office at NASA HQ provides an annual Seed Fund Announcement of Opportunity to all NASA Centers for selecting innovative partnerships for funding.
    • The technology landscape covered by the successful proposals embraces the needs of all four Mission Directorates.
    • Seed Fund operates through a collaboration of Center IPP Offices, NASA co-PI, and external co-PI.

  • For Industry

    NASA provides industry the opportunity to stimulate business investment in the development of new markets and industries in low Earth orbit, and to support NASA's mission and objectives. Businesses can work with NASA in a variety of ways, depending on the nature of the business, the size of a firm or a particular contract type.
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  • For Academia

    The IPP seed Fund provides an opportunity for Universities to contribute towards furthering the goals and objectives of the Space Agency.
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  • For National Laboratories

    The Federal Laboratory Consortium grew out of an earlier DoD Consortium formed in 1971 to improve collaboration among DoD labs and to find civilian uses for technical knowledge originally developed for military purposes.
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  • For Government

    IPP actively seeks to leverage NASA resources through partnerships with academia, the private sector, and other government: federal, state, and local.
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