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Open Solicitations

Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) Opportunities

NASA Space Tech Catalyst Prize
Register online by: February 8, 2024
Applications due by: February 22, 2024 by 5PM ET

Open Small Spacecraft Technology Program Opportunities

Please check back for open opportunities for this program.

Open Flight Opportunities Program Opportunities

NASA TechLeap Prize – Universal Payload Interface Challenger
Registration deadline: February 1, 2024, at 5pm ET
Application deadline: February 22, 2024, at 5pm ET

Science Mission Directorate (SMD)

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences 2023 (ROSES-2023)

A.51 Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition New Vendor Onramp Evaluation
CNVOE23 NOIs Due: January 5, 2024
Proposals Due: February 21, 2024

A.59 Technology Development for Support of Wildland Fire Science, Management, and Disaster Mitigation
FIRET23 last day to submit Step-1 proposals to ROSES-2023: March 29, 2024
2FIRET23 last day to submit anonymized Step-2 proposal to ROSES-2023: March 29, 2024

Space Operations Mission Directorate (SOMD)

Announcement of Partnership Opportunity (AoPO) CubeSat Launch Initiative
Selection Notification: March 15, 2024 (target)
CSLI Open House Meeting (virtual): Mid May 2024 (target)
Launch Opportunity: 2025-2028

Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD)

Please check back for ESDMD solicitations.

Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute

SmallSat Parts On Orbit Now (SPOON) Database Request for Information (RFI)

Special Notices

Sources Sought Special Notice 2022
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Office: Ames Research Center

Closed / Past Solicitations

2024 Mission Concept University Nanosatellite Program (UNP)
Proposals Due: February 9, 2024, at 4:00pm, ET

D.3 Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program
Proposals Due: January 31, 2024

NASA TechRise Student Challenge
Entries Due: November 13, 2023, at 11:59 pm PT

Suborbital/Hosted Orbital Flight and Payload Integration Services 4
Virtual Industry Day presentation from October 12, 2023
The revised proposal due date is November 1, 2023 at 12:00 PT. 

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities – Fall 2024 (NSTGRO24)
Proposals Due: November 1, 2023

Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital and Orbital Flight Opportunities “TechFlights”
Mandatory Preliminary Proposals Due: June 7, 2023 (5:00 p.m. Eastern)
Full Proposals Due: October 11, 2023 (5:00 p.m. Eastern)

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences – 2022 (ROSES-2022) – FULL SOLICITATION    

2023 PI Launchpad Workshop 
Applications Due to NSPIRES: April 14, 2023
Applicants Notified of Status: May 30, 2023 (target)
Workshop Dates: July 24-27, 2023

University Smallsat Technology Partnership (USTP) Appendix – 2023
Mandatory Preliminary Proposal Due: May 16, 2023
Full Proposal (by invitation only): July 18, 2023 

PI Launchpad Workshop 

2023 NASA SBIR/STTR Phase I
Proposals Due: March 13, 2023

A.48 Sustainable Land Imaging – Technology
SLIT22 NOIs Due: January 03, 2023
SLIT22 Proposals Due: March 01, 2023

University Nanosatellite Program Solicitation
Proposals Due: February 3, 2023 by 4:00pm ET

NASA TechRise Student Challenge
Virtual Educator Workshop: August 27, 2022 10:00AM – 12:00PM PT
Virtual Field Trip: September 22, 2022 9:00AM – 1:00PM PT
Entries Due: October 24, 2022 11:59 PM PT
Winners Announced: January 12, 2023

Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital and Orbital Flight Opportunities “TechFlights”
Full proposals (by invitation only) due: September 29, 2022
Selection target date is February 2023
Award target date is March 2023     

Announcement for Partnership Proposals (AFPP) to Advance Tipping Point Technologies
Final Proposals Due: November 22, 2022
Selection Announcement (target): April 30, 2023
Project State Date (target): May 31, 2023     

Space Technology Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO)
Final Proposals Due: November 22, 2022
Selection Announcement (target): April 30, 2023
Project State Date (target): May 31, 2023      

Announcement of Partnership Opportunity CubeSat Launch Initiative
Response Date: November 18, 2022 4:30PM EST

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences – 2021 (ROSES-2021) – FULL SOLICITATION

Request for Information – NASA’s Strategic Technology Framework “EXPLORE&LAND Thrusts”
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has released a Request for Information (RFI) intended to obtain information and feedback from commercial industry, other government agencies, and academia on NASA’s Strategic Technology Plan. STMD utilizes the Strategic Framework to organize its technology investments to address desired outcomes. The Framework currently includes four “thrusts” – GO, LAND, LIVE, and EXPLORE – along with corresponding outcomes and capabilities. This RFI specifically addresses the EXPLORE and LAND thrusts.
Responses Due: October 13, 2022 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
TechPort: NASA STMD Strategic Framework

NASA SBIR 2022 Program Solicitation
Opened on January 06, 2022 and closed on March 09, 2022
Dissecting the Solicitations Webinar:  Held January 20, 2022
A complete proposal package for Phase I shall be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 9, 2022, via the Electronic Handbook (EHB)

D.15 Astrophysics Pioneers of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences – 2021 (ROSES-2021) – FULL SOLICITATION
Mandatory Notice of Intent Due: January 27, 2022
Proposal Due Date: March 17, 2022

Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital Flight Opportunities “Tech Flights”
Preliminary Proposals Due: July 26, 2021, 5:00 pm ET
Preliminary Proposal Downselect Date: August 26, 2021 (TARGET)
Full Proposals Due: October 4, 2021, 5:00 pm ET
Selection Date: December 2021 (TARGET)
Award Date: February 2022 (TARGET)

D.3 Astrophysics Research and Analysis
Mandatory Notice of Intent Due: November 19, 2021
Proposal Due Date: December 16, 2021

2021 Astrophysics Explorers Mission of Opportunity
Mandatory Notice of Intent Due: November 4, 2021
Proposal Due Date: December 9, 2021

Industry-Developed Tipping Point Technologies and Climate and Clean Energy Technologies for Early Stage Investment – Request for Information 
22IDTP-RFI NOIs Due: December 3, 2021 05:00:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Close: December 3, 2021

Announcement of Partnership Opportunity CubeSat Launch Initiative
Response Date:  November 19, 2021 0500 pm EST

NASA TechLeap Prize
Register no later than Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 5:00 PM Pacific
Once registered, applications are due no later than Wednesday, August 11, 2021, at 5:00 PM Pacific.

MUREP Space Technology Artemis Research (M-STAR) solicitation
Pre-Proposal Webinar: March 29, 2021
Proposals Due: May 10, 2021

NASA SBIR and STTR Program Solicitation 2021
Open from November 09, 2020 to January 08, 2021
Selections scheduled to be announced on May 13, 2021

Heliophysics Flight Opportunities for Research and Technology
HFORT20 Proposals Due: March 26, 2021

Earth Venture Mission – 3 (EVM-3) Earth System Science Pathfinder Program
EVM3 Proposals Due: March 25, 2021

Request for Information on Development of Flight Capacity Building Programs for Emerging International Partners
FCB4EIP21 RFI Responses Due: May 21, 2021, 11:59:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Announcement of CubeSat Launch Initiative
Response Date: December 16, 2020 04:30 pm EST

Heliophysics Flight Opportunities Studies
Proposals Due: December 3, 2020

NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology Plan – Request for Information
Response Date: November 13, 2020 05:00 pm PST

CTE Mission: CubeSat
Agency: U.S. Department of Education
Virtual Information Session: September 1, 2020
Virtual Q&A Panel: DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Mission Proposal Deadline: October 16, 2020
Finalists Announced: December, 2020
Phase 2: January – May, 2021

Lunar Communication Relay and Navigation Services – Request for Information
Response Date: October 30, 2020 05:00 pm EDT

Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition IV (Rapid IV) On-Ramp I
Updated Date Offers Due: October 01, 2020 03:00 pm EDT

Space Technology Announcement Of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO)
Mandatory Preliminary Proposal Questions Due: March 13, 2020
Mandatory Preliminary Proposals Due: March 18, 2020 (5:00 p.m. Eastern)
Notification Letters Provided: May 11, 2020 (target)
Final Proposal Questions Due: June 18, 2020
Invited Final Proposals Due: June 25, 2020 (5:00 p.m. Eastern) (target)
Selection Announcement: by August 31, 2020 (target)
Project Start Date: October 1, 2020 (target)

Request for Information (RFI) for Space Weather Instruments and Missions for Science
Release Date: August 17, 2020
Response Date: September 23, 2020

Commercial SmallSat Data Analysis – ROSES-20 Amendment 26
Mandatory Notices of Intent Due: July 1, 2020
Proposals Due: September 1, 2020

Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital Flight Opportunities “Tech Flights”
Mandatory Abstracts Due: April 17, 2020
Proposals Due: May 22, 2020

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences – 2020 (ROSES-2020)
Full (STEP-2) Proposals Due: No earlier than May 14, 2020 through no later than May 13, 2021

NASA SBIR and STTR Program Solicitation 2020
See Focus Area 21 Small Spacecraft Technologies
Solicitation period is open from January 21 through April 20, 2020
Selections will be announced early July, 2020

Astrophysics Science SmallSat Studies
AS3-19 Proposals Due: December 19, 2019

Announcement of Cubesat Launch Initiative
Solicitation Number: NNH19ZCQ001O
Response Due Date: November 4, 2019 (5 p.m. Eastern)

Smallsat Technology Partnerships
Mandatory Notices of Intent Due: October 4, 2019
Proposals Due: November 6, 2019

Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies
Mandatory Preliminary Proposal Questions Due: March 26, 2019
Mandatory Preliminary Proposal Due: April 4, 2019 (5 p.m. Eastern)
Invitation for Final Proposal/Feedback Provided: May 30, 2019 (target)
Final Proposal Questions Due: August 1, 2019
Final Proposal Due: August 8, 2019 (5 p.m. Eastern) (target)
Selection Announcement: October 31, 2019 (target)
Award Date: March 1, 2020 (target)

Heliophysics Flight Opportunities for Research and Technology
HFORT19 Proposals Due: November 1, 2019

Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital Flight Opportunities “Tech Flights”
Mandatory Abstracts Due: March 22, 2019
Tech Flights Proposals Due: April 26, 2019
Selection: August 30, 2019

Heliophysics Technology and Instrument Development for Science
Proposal Due Date: August 28, 2019

Instrument Incubator Program
A preproposal bidder’s conference will be held on May 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Access information for the bidder’s conference is provided in Section 8.
Notices of Intent (NOIs) Due Date: May 31, 2019
Proposals Due Date: July 12, 2019

Space Technology Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO)
Mandatory preliminary proposals due: December 5, 2018
Final Proposals Due: May 15, 2019

Office of the Director of National Intelligence / Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity
Request for Information (RFI) for Innovative Technologies for Small Satellites
Response Date: May 31, 2019 4:00 pm Eastern

Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST)
Proposals Due: March 11, 2019

National Oceanographic Partnership Program
Response Date: December 21, 2018 11:59pm Eastern
See NASA’s notice on the National Oceanographic Partnership Program

Space Technology Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity (ACO)
Preliminary Proposals Due March 15, 2017
Full Proposals Due May 31, 2017

Advanced Component Technology (ACT)
Notice of Intent Due April 19, 2017
Full Proposals Due June 19, 2017

SpaceTech-REDDI-2017 Appendix F1(A): NASA Flight Opportunities
Proposals Due June 02, 2017

Smallsat Technology Partnerships (STP)
Mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI) to Propose Due August 21, 2017
Full Proposals Due September 25, 2017

NASA Flight Opportunities (FO): Technology Advancement Utilizing Suborbital Flight Opportunities
17FO_F1(B) Proposals Due November 17, 2017 (5:00pm Eastern)

Request for Information – Suborbital Flight Testing and Flight Experiments with CubeSat Payloads
Response Date: November 21, 2017 (3:00pm Pacific)

Announcement of CubeSat Launch Initiative
Response Date: November 21, 2017

Request for Information: Possible NASA Astrophysics SmallSats
Response Date: November 30, 2017

Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies
Mandatory Preliminary Proposals Due: January 30, 2018 (5:00pm Eastern)
Invited Full Proposal Due: May 30, 2018 (5:00pm Eastern) (target)

In-space Validation of Earth Science Technologies
INVEST17 NOIs Due February 02, 2018
INVEST17 Proposals Due March 26, 2018

NASA SBIR and STTR 2018 Program Solicitations
See Chapter 9. Research Topics for SBIR and STTR: Focus Area 21 Small Spacecraft Technologies
Phase I Proposal Due: March 09, 2018 (5:00pm Eastern)

*Draft Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx)
Comments Due: March 14, 2018

Flight and Payload Integration Services
Response date: March 16, 2018

SpaceTech-REDDI-2018 Appendix F1: Tech Flights – NASA Flight Opportunities
Proposals Due: June 8, 2018 5:00pm ET

SpaceTech-REDDI-2018 Appendix F1: Tech Flights – NASA Flight Opportunities
Proposals Due: June 8, 2018 5:00pm ET

ROSES-18 Amendment 8: New Opportunity – Astrophysics Science SmallSat Studies
Close Date: July 13, 2018

Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration released as amendment 2 to SALMON-3
Read the email announcement

2018 Heliophysics Technology Demonstration Mission of Opportunity via SALMON-3
Community Announcement NNH18ZDA008L