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Technology Development and Commercialization Program

FSGC and NASA Kennedy Space Center

Technology Development and Commercialization

Program

KSC innovators have developed many new technologies and made many scientific breakthroughs over the years. While all have been developed for NASA’s space exploration mission, some KSC technologies have the potential to provide benefit here on Earth in commercial applications.  As a result, the KSC Technology Transfer Office (TTO) patents these technologies and makes them available to private sector companies for commercialization through the NASA Technology Transfer Program. When companies obtain these technologies and use them to meet market needs, we call these Spinoffs (http://spinoff.nasa.gov/)

However, many of these patented technologies are early stage and require additional development to better determine the strength of their commercial viability and their use to NASA. In some cases, KSC laboratories lack the NASA funds to advance these technologies and private sector companies cannot risk the investment in needed development.  Because of this, these technologies have stopped in their development despite their possible commercial benefit here on Earth and use to NASA.

Purpose

In response, FSGC and the KSC TTO have partnered to establish this pilot program.  This program seeks to provide Florida universities with a competitive opportunity to further develop KSC patented technologies for potential commercial applications. And for NASA space applications if the specific technology has “dual use” potential.

To initiate the pilot, FSGC and the KSC TTO worked collaboratively to identify two early stage KSC patented technologies that fit the profile for this program.

We are now issuing this request to Florida universities for proposals to further develop these technologies for commercial applications.  Alternatively, proposals may suggest development that advances the technology toward meeting both commercial and NASA applications, i.e. “dual-use”, as suggested in the technology descriptions provided.  Proposals describing an entire development path from current maturity level to a level where the technology is fully capable of meeting commercial applications (and NASA application if applicable), are desired but not required.  Proposing complete development paths is valuable even if funding through this year’s RFP will not cover all development or the proposer is not interested in performing development work beyond a certain point.

Notice of Intent by May 15, 2015

Deadline: Proposals due by June 12, 2015

Notification of Award – July 31, 2015 

2015 KSC Technology Development and CommercializationProgram RFP – Request for Proposal

 

Online Application 

Florida Space Research Program (FSRP)

2015 Florida Space Research Program

The Florida Space Research Program (FSRP), formerly called Florida Space Research & Education Grant Program (FSREGP), is jointly funded by the Florida Space Grant Consortium, and Space Florida. Its purpose is to support the expansion and diversification of Florida’s space industry by increasing statewide academic involvement in space research, engineering, education, and training programs that are consistent with the state’s space industry priorities. This matching grant program combines state, federal, and other funds for competitive award to projects sponsored within, or conducted in partnership with, the state’s public and private academic institutions. Teaming with industry, nonprofit institutions, and federal agencies is strongly encouraged. K-12 collaboration is also encouraged on appropriate projects.

The eligibility for these grants are as follows:

Grants are intended for faculty researchers from FSGC affiliated universities and colleges. Proposals from non-affiliated Florida universities, colleges, community colleges, and industry will be viewed more favorably if the project involves collaborations with FSGC affiliates. Other non-academic organizations are also eligible to receive grant awards, especially if their proposed projects include involvement with FSGC affiliates. Preference will be given to rpopsoals that are aligned with NASA’s piorities

Notice of Intent by April 28, 2015

Deadline: Proposals due by May 29, 2015

Notification of Award – July 31, 2015 (subject to receipt of  funding from NASA and Space Florida for 2015 program cycle)

Award notification not before August 17, 2015

1 ANNOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Learn about the program, its eligibility requirements, how to apply and reporting requirements.
(Adobe PDF Format and Word Document)
2 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES Find the best matching research opportunity at various NASA centers
3 ONLINE APPLICATION Read detailed instructions to register and successfully complete your online application.

Dissertation and Thesis Improvement Fellowship Program

 Due to federal budget cuts, FSGC is discontinuing the Space Grant Fellowship program. We will honor the multi-year awards given in 2013 and 2014

 

We  are introducing a new program called Dissertation and Thesis Improvement Fellowship. 

2015-16 Dissertation and Thesis Improvement Fellowship

The NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium (FSGC) plans to award Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Fellowships in areas of space science and engineering. Proposals must align with the topics of interest to NASA (see Appendix A). These grants provide partial support of Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation research for improvement beyond the already existing project. The fellowships are open to US Citizens only. Permanent Residents are not eligible for the fellowship.

Proposals whose focus falls within topics of interest to NASA (See appendix A) would be considered for evaluation. The duration cannot be more than 1 year and the maximum fellowship amount is $5000. There are no indirect costs.

These awards are intended to provide supplemental funds for items not normally available from the student’s university or other sources. They are not intended to provide the total costs of a student’s dissertation research. Allowable items include travel to specialized facilities or field research locations and professional meetings, use of specialized  research equipment, purchase of laboratory supplies and services not otherwise  available, the hiring of field or laboratory assistants, fees for software licenses (valid for the duration of the fellowship period only), and rental of environmental chambers or other research facilities.

Funds also may be used for textbooks, journal subscription (valid for the duration of the fellowship), or dissertation preparation or reproduction. Funds cannot be used for salaries.

1 ANOUNCEMENT OF OPPORTUNITY Learn about the program, its eligibility requirements, how to apply and reporting requirements.
(Adobe PDF Format and Word Document)
2 RESEARCH OPPORTUNITITES Find the best matching research opportunity at various NASA centers
3 ONLINE APPLICATION Read detailed instructions to register and successfully complete your online application.
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