2021-22 FSGC/SF- KSC Technology Development Program

Kennedy Space Center (KSC) researchers develop many new technologies and make many scientific breakthroughs on a regular basis. While all are developed for NASA’s space exploration mission, some also 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 the private sector for commercialization.

However, many of these technologies require a significant amount of further development and testing before they can be used in any application, whether it is a NASA space application or a commercial application. As a result, KSC has once again teamed with FSGC and Space Florida to provide Florida universities with a competitive opportunity to conduct the needed development and testing of select KSC technologies.

This year’s FSGC-Space Florida-KSC Technology Development and Commercialization Program RFP have topic areas for two KSC patented technologies that fit these criteria. We are now seeking proposals to conduct needed development and testing of these technologies. We are now seeking proposals to conduct testing as described in the topic areas.

The RFP contains all publicly available information and references to available patent information for these technologies. Additional information will be provided under a Non-Disclosure Agreement with KSC.

The 2 topics are

(i) KSC-TOPS-67 Inductive Non-Contact Position Sensor, and

(ii) KSC-TOPS-74 Flexible Body Control Using Fiber Optic Sensors (FlexFOS)

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.

Notice of Intent by April 23, 2021
Deadline: Proposals due by May 21, 2021
Notification of Award – July 16, 2021 (subject to receipt of funding from NASA and Space Florida for 2021 program cycle)

Announcement of Opportunity

2021 FSGC/KSC Technology Development Program RFP  (Pdf 9.7MB)

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Find the best matching research opportunity at various NASA centers
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Read detailed instructions to register and successfully complete your online application.