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Undergraduate Student

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:

David Pierce
Senior Program Executive for Suborbital Research
Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 358-3808
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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
NASA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 358-1762
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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