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NASA’s Priorities

Kennedy Space Center Technology Roadmap Areas

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Appendix A: Strategic Framework for NASA 

I. NASA Mission Directorates & Office of Chief Technologist

NASA’s Mission to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research, draws support from four Mission Directorates, each with a specific responsibility.

Please visit each NASA organization website to find detailed information about current projects and current areas of interest.


II. NASA Research Areas of Interest

NASA research priorities are defined by the Mission Directorates—Aeronautics Research, Science, Human Exploration and Operations, and Space Technology. Each Mission Directorate covers a major area of the Agency’s research and technology development efforts.

Information about current NASA research solicitations can be found on NSPIRES at (select “Solicitations” and then “Open Solicitations”).

Research priorities for each of the Mission Directorates can be found at the following locations:

Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

Researchers responding to the ARMD should propose research that is aligned with one or more

of the ARMD programs. Proposers are directed to the following:

Science Mission Directorate (SMD)

Detailed information on SMD research priorities is available at the following URLs:

Human Exploration and Operations (HEO) Mission Directorate

For information on HEO programs, please go to and click on programs

Space Technology (OCT)

For the Space Technology programs,  please go to
















Appendix B: NASA Education Strategic Coordination Framework


I. Overview

As identified in the 2011 NASA Strategic Plan, education is one of the Agency’s cross-cutting

management strategies. High achievement in STEM education is essential to the

accomplishment of NASA’s mission. NASA contributes to national efforts for achieving

excellence in STEM education through a comprehensive education portfolio implemented by

the Office of Education, the Mission Directorates, and the NASA Centers. NASA will continue

the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the

country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and

nurturing the young minds of today that will manage and lead the Nation’s laboratories and

research centers of tomorrow.



The NASA Education Strategic Coordination Framework: A Portfolio Approach describes the

alignment of NASA’s education portfolio with the 2011 NASA Strategic Plan and creates an

agency-wide strategic planning, implementation and evaluation framework for NASA’s

investments in education. This Framework establishes three educational outcomes:


in disciplines needed to achieve NASA’s strategic goal through a portfolio of


disciplines through a progression of educational opportunities for students, teachers,

and faculty.

STEM formal and informal education providers that promote STEM literacy and

awareness of NASA’s mission.


The plan encompasses all education efforts undertaken by NASA and guides the Agency’s

relationships with external education partners. Proposers are strongly encouraged to become

familiar with this document. It may be found at:

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