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Fostering Visions for the Future: A Review of the NASA Institute of Advanced Concepts
NIAC must be in receipt of the final Phase II report.
The advanced concept study must continue to be relevant to NASA’s needs and in the best interest of NASA.
The Phase II study must have demonstrated reasonable probability of success with future development and be of significant interest to NASA Strategic Enterprises.
The kinds of advanced concepts requested in the solicitation shall be characterized in terms of the seven tests discussed in the Scope of Advanced Concepts section. The solicitation will also include a set of challenges annually developed by the contractor based upon the contractor’s analysis of input the contractor has solicited from the NASA Enterprise Associate Administrators. Although these challenges shall serve to focus the attention of the proposers, ideas outside the venues of the challenges shall also be accepted. Concept studies are to be selected for technical merit, innovation and economic benefit.
NASA, including JPL, is not eligible to participate and submit research proposals, and all proposals awarded shall support United States leadership in space activities and related technology transfer.
Based upon input solicited by the contractor from NASA’s Enterprises, establish a set of challenges that could potentially have a revolutionary impact on how the NASA Enterprises perform future programs.
Present potential selected advanced concepts studies to the NASA Enterprise Associate Administrators and the NASA Chief Technologist to assure that the studies have not previously been accomplished (or rejected on a sound technical basis), are not duplicative of work currently funded elsewhere, and are consistent with NASA’s charter and strategy.
Provide NASA with status reviews of the progress on funded investigations.
Accept and organize evaluations of unsolicited proposals that may be submitted to the NIAC.
Provide options for the potential fusion of NIAC-developed advanced concepts into NASA future missions.
Prepare an annual report to the NASA Chief Technologist, which shall include but is not limited to, the state of the NIAC and the status of the funded investigations.
Organize and lead an Annual Conference on Advanced Concepts. This would include selecting an annual theme for the conference, overseeing the conference logistics, developing the agenda and serving as conference master of ceremonies. At this meeting, current NIAC Phase II study subcontractors shall brief their research and results. Attendance at this meeting shall be open to the public. Additionally, a second annual meeting shall be held for the NIAC Phase I study subcontractors/grantees to brief their research and results. The attendance at this second annual meeting shall also be open to the public.
Manage subcontractor/grantee costs consistent with established NASA financial management principles.
The NIAC shall use an Internet based electronic management system for the administration of the program.
* Any web development shall be in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act:Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards, 36 CFR Section 1194.22 as follows:
§ 1194.22 Web-based intranet and Internet information and applications.
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