Instrument Project (USIP) – 2015
Flight Research Opportunity NNH15ZDA010C
USIP-2015 solicits proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop an undergraduate-led Project Team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle (sRLV), or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle (hereafter referred to collectively as suborbital-class platforms).
The cost cap for an investigation awarded by OE is $200K, including the design, development, integration, and testing of the payload; student internships; and research on key innovative technologies. OE funding is limited to consortia of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant). See Appendix E for proposal conditions and guidelines for Space Grant consortia.
The cost cap for an investigation awarded by SMD is $100K, including the design, development, integration, testing of the payload; and student internships. SMD funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education.
Funding by NASA may be supplemented with contributions by the implementing institution (no limit); however, there are no expectations as to the amount of the institutional contribution and such contributions will not be considered in the evaluation of proposals. The selected projects must be launch-ready within 18 months of project initiation. SMD and OE estimate total funding available for award at $6.0M, and expect to select at least 30 projects for implementation, subject to available funding. The launch/flight services are provided by NASA at no cost to the project. Proposals to the USIP 2017 Solar Eclipse solicitation are not eligible for award under USIP-2015.
The two goals of this USIP SFRO are:
- To provide a hands-on flight project experience to enhance the science, technical, leadership, and project skills for the selected undergraduate student team.
- To fly a science and/or technology investigation relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a suborbital-class platform.
The key dates of this solicitation are:
- SFRO Release Date August 21, 2015
- Question and Answer Telecon September 10, 2015 (2:00 PM)
- Notice of Intent Deadline October 1, 2015 (11:59 PM)
- Proposal Submittal Deadline November 20, 2015 (11:59 PM)
- Selections Announced (target) December, 2015
- Launch Readiness August 1, 2017
The solicitation may be found on NSPIRES at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/solicitations.do?method=open by searching on NNH15ZDA010C
General questions concerning this solicitation may be directed to:
Senior Program Executive for Suborbital Research
Science Mission Directorate
Phone: (202) 358-3808
Questions specifically concerning the Space Grant component of this solicitation may be directed to:
Dr. Lenell Allen
Director, Aerospace Research and Career Development (ARCD)
Office of Education
Phone: (202) 358-1762