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A woman sits on a grassy turf field typing on her laptop, which also rests on the turf. Next to her is a robot she built for NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge. The robot is silver with wheels and lenses mounted on top.
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Prizes, Challenges, and Crowdsourcing

NASA connects the public to the agency’s missions and explores creative possibilities for addressing the agency’s needs through prizes, challenges, and crowdsourcing opportunities. The program bridges NASA’s institutional expertise with the ingenuity of industry experts, universities, and the public at large, resulting in collaborations that help advance space technology solutions. The program’s opportunities are available through Centennial Challenges and the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI).

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Open Innovation at NASA

Boosting NASA Higher, Faster, and Farther

Organizations across the globe harness the perspectives, expertise, and enthusiasm of “the crowd” outside their walls to reduce costs, accelerate projects, enhance creativity, and better engage stakeholders. NASA is doing the same, collaborating with diverse entities nationally and internationally. Read how open innovation projects from October 2020 to September 2022 advanced NASA’s mission and benefited participants.

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Get Involved

Explore more opportunities to support NASA's missions.

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Madyson Knox experiments with UV-sensitive beads.