About Space Technology Research Grants
The Space Technology Research Grants Program is accelerating the development of "push" technologies to support the future space science and exploration needs of NASA, other government agencies and the commercial space sector. Innovative efforts with high risk and high payoff are being encouraged. Investment in innovative low-TRL research increases knowledge and capabilities in response to new questions and requirements, stimulates innovation, and allows more creative solutions to problems constrained by schedule and budget. Moreover, it is investment in fundamental research activities that has historically benefited the Nation on a broader basis, generating new industries and spin-off applications.
The Program is composed of two competitively awarded components.
NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships
These graduate fellowships sponsor students pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions. In addition to a faculty advisor, each student will be matched with a researcher in the relevant field who will serve as the student’s professional advisor. Fellowships are open to students pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The fellowships support the goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future while providing the Nation with a pipeline of highly-skilled scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians to improve America's technological competitiveness. NASA Space Technology Fellows perform innovative, space-technology research, while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders.
Space Technology Research Opportunities
This program element fosters the development of innovative, low-TRL technologies that have the potential to lead to dramatic improvements at the system level - performance, weight, cost, reliability, operational simplicity or other figures of merit associated with space flight hardware or missions. The activities shall be competitively selected via a series of solicitations entitled, “Space Technology Research Opportunities (STRO),” which are expected to be issued at least annually. Efforts are expected to be short term—typically one to three years in duration—and will increase the TRL of technologies that might be applied to multiple, current missions, or to allow NASA to pursue entirely new missions.
Potential proposers and collaborators for STRO include U.S. universities, for-profit commercial entities, and non-profit organizations, including U.S. government agencies (inclusive of NASA Centers). Solicitations may target specific, high-priority technology areas and specific audiences.