Office of Research

Space Technology Research Institutes (STRI)

The Space Technology Mission Directorate is seeking to invest, via research institutes, in university-led, multi-disciplinary basic research and technology development within particular areas of strong interest to NASA and the wider aerospace community. The institutes construct allows for the participation of experts from a wide range of fields and organizations in a single distributed research structure, enabling greater progress and benefit for all involved. The institutes approach facilitates a more focused and coordinated set of research and development efforts than typically arise from separate solicitations and individual research grants. In addition, because the institute maintains this focus for several years, more effective and substantial research progress is envisioned for the featured high priority research areas. An awarded institute will typically be 5 years in duration and up to $15M total over the 5-year period. 


The Appendix exclusively seeks proposals that are responsive to the following topics:

  • Revolutionary Propulsion for Rapid Deep Space Transit

‒      The objective of this topic is to form a multidisciplinary institute to advance the development of revolutionary space propulsion technologies that could substantially reduce mission trip times and fundamentally transform deep space transportation.

  • Smart Deep Space Habitats (SmartHabs)

‒      The objective of this topic is to form a multidisciplinary institute to fundamentally change how deep space habitats are designed for resilient and autonomous operation.


A university may be the lead on at most one proposal submitted under each topic described in 1.3 of this Appendix. However, a lead university can receive only one award through this Appendix.

Application Instructions

Please submit:

  1. a one-page letter of intent with the chosen topic and a description of proposed aims and approach
  2. a list of participating faculty
  3. Biosketch or CV of the PI


to by 5:00 PM Thursday June 21, 2018. Full proposals are due to the sponsor 7/30/18, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 7/20/18 for processing, if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


06/21/2018 UW Internal Deadline Closed
07/20/2018 OSP Deadline
07/30/2018 Sponsor Deadline

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications

1 (1 per each topic (Revolutionary Propulsion for Rapid Deep Space Transit, Smart Deep Space Habitats))

Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at