NASA Seeks Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) has prioritized funding opportunities for public-private partnerships to achieve NASA’s goals of expanding capabilities and opportunities in space.

These solicitations increase focus on collaborations with the commercial space sector that not only leverage emerging markets and capabilities to meet NASA’s strategic goals, but also focus on industry needs. NASA’s investments in industry partnerships can reduce development costs and accelerate infusion of these emerging space system capabilities.

STMD has issued two solicitations entitled, “2020 Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO)” and “Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies” as an appendix to the STMD umbrella NASA Research Announcement titled “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion – 2020 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2020).”

For more information on these opportunities, see below and visit:


2020 Virtual Industry Forum

NASA is hosting a virtual industry forum on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, to provide an overview of the 2020 ACO and Tipping Point Appendix. STMD will review changes from previous solicitations and provide preliminary feedback on the questions and comments received to date. Potential offerors will also have the chance to ask questions and make comments.

The forum will be hosted via teleconference as well as WebEx. The WebEx has a capacity of 200 people. To allow for maximum participation, please join the WebEx from one location if there are multiple interested attendees from the same company. WebEx participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis so please dial in a few minutes before the event start time. Those that are not able to connect to WebEx can listen in via teleconference.

Questions and comments on the above opportunities will be accepted through Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020, and addressed during the forum. Questions received after that date will be posted to the appropriate FAQs section on this page. All questions and comments must be submitted in writing to one of the following emails:

Tipping Point questions/comments should be submitted to:

ACO questions/comments should be submitted to:

It is the offeror’s responsibility to monitor the appropriate websites and/or NSPIRES for any updates and/or amendments (if any).

Virtual Forum Connection Details Forthcoming:

Feb. 19, 2020

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

2020 ACO Overview

Through the 2020 ACO, STMD is seeking partnerships that will focus on advancing technologies that can benefit both the commercial and government use of space. NASA is seeking to provide technical expertise, facilities, hardware, and software to accelerate the development and availability of these technologies.

For this announcement, STMD will solicit proposals that are led by a U.S. for-profit entity to partner with one or more NASA centers as a team member(s) to enter into unfunded Space Act Agreements (SAA) to support the accelerated development and testing of critical technologies for space system capabilities. A “U.S. for-profit entity” is a commercial firm or business incorporated and operating in the United States of America. However, this does not preclude U.S. for-profit companies that are incorporated and operating in the U.S. and also have an affiliation with a foreign entity, subject to a determination by the NASA selection official that a partnership agreement with such entities would significantly advance one or more NASA mission objectives as described in the ACO and would otherwise be in the agency’s and the nation’s best interest. In addition to one or more NASA centers, team members may include other U.S. for-profit entities, U.S. non-profit entities (including universities and educational institutions), and/or U.S. federal, state and local government agencies, as appropriate to optimize the potential for rapid development and commercialization of the space technology. See Section 3.0 of the announcement for complete eligibility restrictions. 

Tipping Point 2020 Overview

The Tipping Point Appendix is seeking U.S.-industry led proposals to advance “tipping point” space technologies, executed through firm-fixed-price contracts with milestone payments. See Appendix section 3.0 for the full list of eligibility requirements/ restrictions. The award instrument will be a firm-fixed-price contract with milestone payments tied to technical achievement. It is anticipated that awards will require an industry contribution: at least 10% for U.S. for-profit entities that have 500 or fewer employees; at least 25% for U.S. for-profit entities that have more than 500 employees. The Appendix will provide further industry contribution requirements/restrictions.