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NASA Request For Information (RFI): Commercial Space Technology Development

NASA Request For Information (RFI): Commercial Space Technology Development (NNH16ZOA001L)

RFI Due Date: February 25, 2016

NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is seeking input through a Request for Information (RFI) to inform commercial space technology development topic areas for future Tipping Point appendices in which technology projects would advance commercial capabilities to a point where industry would further develop and qualify them for market. STMD is also seeking input to inform future Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity solicitations targeting technologies that would benefit from leveraging government expertise, technology transfer, and facilities for co-development. Finally, STMD is seeking input to develop commercial space technology development concepts for the Early Stage Portfolio and academic/industrial partnerships of benefit to the commercial space sector.

The full document of the solicitation, instructions on how to submit a response and any future FAQ can be found at:{A85302A0-0857-3A2A-7A3F-30F99A4B5DD3}&path=open



How to Apply for NASA Internships for Students with Disabilities

How to Apply for NASA Internships for Students with Disabilities

NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our regular internship programs. This is not a program for students with disabilities.  We are trying to recruit more students with disabilities into our regular internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. NASA has a two-percent hiring goal for employment of people with disabilities and internships are a good way to get experience. However, this is not an employment program. NASA jobs can be found at <>. Students can apply for Summer 2016 internships right now! The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, March 2, 2016. We will begin extending offers to students in mid-to-late January and will continue until all positions are filled. If you would like to subscribe to an announcement-only list about NASA internships for persons with disabilities, please send an E-mail to with ‘subscribe’ in the Subject field, OR by visiting the list page at

We encourage you to apply early because the best opportunities are likely to be filled early. Plus, your likelihood of being selected decreases the longer you wait. You can register for an account anytime at the One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI): NASA Internships, Fellowships, and Scholarships (NIFS) at All material that you wish to have considered must be uploaded to the OSSI website. No documentation will be accepted that is E-mailed or snail mailed.

Summer 2016 internships run from Monday, June 6 through Friday, August 12 for undergraduate and graduate students. Internships run from Monday, June 27 through Friday, August 5 for high school students. All student interns get paid. The high school stipend will be $2,100.00 for a six-week internship. The undergraduate stipend for a ten-week internship will be $6,000.00. The graduate stipend for a ten-week internship will be $7,500.00. As an intern, you are responsible for your own housing. NASA internships for college and high school students are also offered during Spring, Fall and Year Long Sessions through the OSSI website.

NASA has internships for high school students and for rising freshmen through doctoral students in STEM fields. A rising freshman is a high school student who has been accepted to an accredited institution of higher learning, i.e., a college or university, at the time of the internship.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for college and 3.0 for high school; however, applicants must understand that the competition for internships is keen. High school students must be at least sixteen years old at the time the internship begins.

Internships are available at all NASA centers nationwide. Students can submit a completed application whether they apply to an opportunity or not. However, applying to opportunities has the advantage of allowing applicants to be considered by mentors who work in disciplines of interest and at a particular center. Applicants may apply to as many as fifteen opportunities.

For example, an opportunity having to do with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) will be at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland because SDO is located there. Not applying to an opportunity means that prospective interns will be hoping that a mentor happens to read their applications rather than directing their applications to mentors in fields and at centers of interest.

Students who are selected for Summer internships will receive an offer letter by E-mail sometime after January 15, 2016. They will then have five days to either accept or reject the offer through their OSSI: NIFS account. The offer will automatically expire after five days if no action is taken.

Please feel free to contact me for more information or help with applying.

Kenneth A. Silberman, Esq.

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2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program

2016 NASA Student Airborne Research Program


The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated undergraduate students currently in their junior year to apply for the NASA Student Airborne Research Program, also known as SARP 2016. The program provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. Students will assist in the operation of airborne instruments aboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft. They also will analyze remote-sensing data collected during the program from the NASA ER-2.

The program takes place in summer 2016. Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will occur at NASA′s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, California. Postflight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Successful applicants will be awarded a stipend plus a travel allowance for eight weeks of participation in the program. Housing and local transportation also will be provided.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 2, 2016.

For more information and to download the program application, visit

Specific questions about the program should be directed to

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program

2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program


Applications are being accepted for the 2016 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program. This program provides a 10-week summer residency at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be full-time science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty members who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must be tenured faculty or in tenure-track positions at four-year accredited U.S. colleges and universities, or full-time faculty at two-year U.S. academic institutions. Faculty members from underrepresented groups and at U.S. Department of Education-designated Minority Serving Institutions are particularly encouraged to apply.

The program covers limited travel expenses for qualified and accepted faculty, as well as stipends for all accepted faculty. Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a Glenn faculty fellowship appointment.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1, 2016. For more information about this opportunity, visit

Inquiries about NASA’s Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program should be directed to Dr. M. David Kankam at

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships Program Accepting Proposals for 2016-2017 Academic Year

The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship program is soliciting applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees in earth and space sciences, or related disciplines, for the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of NESSF is to ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be training grants to the respective universities, with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The financial support for the NESSF program comes from the Science Mission Directorate’s four science divisions: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science and Astrophysics.

Initially, NESSF awards are made for one year. They may be renewed for up to two additional years, contingent upon satisfactory progress (as reflected in academic performance, research progress and recommendation by the faculty advisor) and the availability of funds.

The maximum amount of a NESSF award is $30,000 per year.

Proposals for this opportunity are due Feb. 1, 2016.

For more information about this solicitation, visit

Questions about Earth Science Research NESSF opportunities should be directed to Claire Macaulay at

Questions about Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research and Astrophysics Research opportunities should be directed to Dolores Holland at


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