NASA Issues 2013 Smallsat Technology Partnership Solicitation


Full Solicitation


Objective: To award cooperative agreements to United States colleges and universities to develop and/or demonstrate new technologies and capabilities for small spacecraft in collaboration with NASA. Projects may be technology development or development of spacecraft or payloads for suborbital, balloon or orbital space flights.

Eligibility: Limited to college and university teams (including undergraduate and/or graduate students) in partnership with NASA researchers. The Principal Investigator submitting the proposal shall be affiliated with a college or university.

Key Dates:

Release: April 2, 2013
Notice of Intent Due: May 1, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT
Proposals Due: June 5, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT
Selection: July 12, 2013 (Target)
Award: August 16, 2013 (Target)
Project Start: September 2, 2013 (Target)


  • Total anticipated budget for this notice: up to $1,500,000.
  • Maximum value of any single award: up to $100,000 per year, per university or a maximum of $150,000 per year for projects with more than one university partner. A NASA civil servant labor allocation of up to 1.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) would be available to support NASA involvement in each selected project.
  • Expected number of awards: up to ten, pending acceptable proposals and available funding.
  • Project duration: one year, with possible continuation for second year based on satisfactory progress and available funding.

View the full solicitation.