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NASA’s Priorities

I. NASA Mission Directorates

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.


      Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and the nation’s science community use space observatories to conduct scientific studies of the Earth from space to visit and return samples from other bodies in the solar system, and to peer out into our Galaxy and beyond. NASA’s science program seeks answers to profound questions that touch us all:





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.

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 Mission Directorate (STMD)

For the Space Technology programs, please go to and click on STMD Programs.

NASA’s Technology Transfer Program

To search the online database of NASA-developed technologies in the public domain, visit:














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