National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Mission and Vision

The mission directives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are to enable a safer, more secure, efficient, and environmentally-friendly air transportation system through aeronautics research; operate the International Space Station and prepare for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit; explore the Earth-Sun system, our own solar system, and the universe beyond; and develop the crosscutting, advanced and pioneering new technologies needed for current and future missions, benefiting the aerospace industry and other agencies, and addressing national needs.

Grant Program Highlights

Space Grant
NASA initiated the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, also known as Space Grant, in 1989. Space Grant is a national network of colleges and universities. These institutions are working to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA's aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing science and engineering education, research, and public outreach efforts.

NASA Research Opportunities
Supporting research in science and technology is an important part of NASA's overall mission. NASA solicits this research through the release of various research announcements in a wide range of science and technology disciplines. NASA uses a peer review process to evaluate and select research proposals submitted in response to these research announcements. Researchers can help NASA achieve national research objectives by submitting research proposals and conducting awarded research.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs
The NASA SBIR and STTR programs fund the research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs as described in the annual Solicitations and that have significant potential for successful commercialization.

International Space Station Funding Opportunities
There are several sources of funding available to scientists to be used for International Space Station (ISS) research and development, payload development, payload processing at NASA facilities, on-orbit operation, and more. NASA funding for space station use is obtained through NASA Research Announcements (NRAs). National Laboratory funding for space station use is obtained through research opportunities with other government agencies, as well as with entities in the private and non-profit sectors.