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Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M faculty and Principal Investigators who meet the eligibility requirements.  The University and the System Agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility:  Limited to college and university teams (including undergraduate and/or graduate students) in partnership with NASA researchers.

PI Eligibility:  The principal investigator submitting the proposal shall be affiliated with a college or university.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS).

Proposal Limit: 2

Summary:  This is a pilot initiative to:

  • Develop new technologies and capabilities for small spacecraft by engaging the unique talents and fresh perspectives of the university community 
  • Share NASA experience and expertise in relevant university projects 
  • Increase support to university student efforts in small spacecraft technology through funding and collaboration with NASA, to foster a new generation of innovators for NASA and the nation, and 
  • Engage NASA personnel across the agency in the rapid, agile, and cost-conscious small spacecraft development approaches that have evolved in the university community.

The goals of this notice include collaboration with university teams that have experience in small spacecraft development and also extension of support to colleges and universities that have little or no previous involvement in this field. These dual goals may be met by proposals that involve partnerships between universities with varying degrees of past experience.

The projects must be relevant to the development or demonstration of technologies or new capabilities for small spacecraft in support of NASA’s missions in science, exploration, space operations, or aeronautics. Examples of relevant technologies are: propulsion, power generation and storage, guidance, navigation and control, communications, thermal management, radiation tolerance, structures and mechanisms, and flight software development. Examples of relevant capabilities include: orbital maneuvering, formation flying, proximity operations, rendezvous, grappling, docking, in-situ and remote sensing, precision pointing, atmospheric entry, planetary landing, and mission operations and tracking.

Projects may be laboratory technology development or they may be development of spacecraft or payloads for potential suborbital, balloon or orbital space flights. The following are not within the scope of this notice: science investigations, operational science missions, conceptual design projects, or mission studies.

Appropriate technologies for development must be at a starting TRL of at least 3 (analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept) and no more than 6 (system/sub-system model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment). Appropriate technologies for development of spacecraft or payloads must be at a TRL of at least 5 (Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment).

April 9, 2013, 5:00 p.m.: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

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April 17, 2013, 5:00 p.m.:  Deadline to submit an internal proposal.  All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a 1-3 page Research Plan Summary, Bio-sketch, and budget (if required).

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M Principal Investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, from the e-proposal site, click on “Signup,” fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.862.2233.

April 30, 2013: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.
May 1, 2013:  Sponsor deadline for optional Notice of Intent.
June 5, 2013:  Sponsor deadline for the full application.
Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.