NASA has asked forÂ proposals from universitiesÂ in search of ideas forÂ multi-disciplinary university-led research efforts the agency deemsÂ Space Technology Research InstitutesÂ space technology mission directorate’s research grants and project opportunities.
The space agency said Friday theÂ Space Technology Research Institutes Appendix solicitation seeksÂ STRIs to serve asÂ a platform for coordination amongÂ experts from variousÂ fields in a single distributed research structure.
NASA plans to awardÂ two potential five-year, $15 million awards under the STRI initiative.
Potential university partners will work to complement the directorate’sÂ research grants and opportunities in the fields of bio-manufacturing for deep space exploration and computationally accelerated materials development for ultra high strength lightweight structures.
â€œThis approach facilitates a more focused and coordinated set of research and technology development efforts than typically arise from a series of separate solicitations and individual grants,” said Steve Jurczyk, STMD associate administrator.
NASA said it will accept preliminary proposals until July 28 and invitations to submit full proposals will be sent out to qualifying offers on August 18.