The contribution to specific and documented Enterprise requirements;
Whether the work is significantly advancing the state of the art; and
Whether the work creates a resource for the community that doesn 't already exist.
The Director, Advanced Technology & Mission Studies in Headquarters will approve these processes.
If non-competitive in-house work fails to meet the highest standards of excellence, Center management will generate a plan for prompt remedy that will be approved by the Director, Advanced Technology & Mission Studies in Headquarters as a condition of continued funding.
Policy #6: Technology Transfer
The overarching goal of the OSS technology program is to enable Space Science, and other NASA missions to be implemented with higher returns and lower cost through the use of advanced technology. It is the responsibility of the Centers to ensure transfer of these technologies to the implementing organizations (e.g., the industrial contractors and academia). There is little value in developing technology in-house if the systems and instrument development are out-of house, unless the technologies are efficiently transferred. Each technology development effort will have a plan for transferring the technology to the user at the appropriate time.
Policy # 7: Proprietary Data Protection and Intellectual Property Protection
As we cooperate more closely with others, we must ensure that sensitive data are protected. Whenever NASA solicits information that is competition sensitive, proprietary, or classified, it is incumbent on us all to implement the protective processes defined in NASA regulations. These may include verification of training for NASA employees, conflict of interest management, facility security and so on.
Whenever others provide sensitive data to NASA, it is incumbent on the provider to be clear with NASA about the nature of the sensitivity and to ascertain which processes NASA will use to protect the data. They are responsible for ascertaining the adequacy of these approaches before providing such data to the Agency. In the case of intellectual property, although ideas cannot generally be copyrighted, information providers could request credit or attribution.