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43.001: Science

Alternate Name: SMD

Overview

Program Number
43.001
Status
Active
Last Modified
Aug. 12, 2022
Date Posted
Aug. 12, 2022
Objective
The NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) pursues NASA's strategic objectives using a variety of aircraft, balloon, and spaceflight programs that enable the execution of both remote-sensing and in-situ investigations. Investigations can include the flight of space missions in Earth orbit, as well as to or even beyond objects in the Solar System, and through ground-based research activities that directly support these space missions. SMD also supports basic and applied research and technology investigations in order to understand naturally occurring space and Earth phenomena, human-induced changes in the Earth system, and to develop Earth and space science-related technologies. In July 2020, 1) the Physical Sciences and 2) Space Biology research programs moved to SMD from another NASA organization, i.e., appropriation. Fundamental and applied physical sciences research supports the objective of enabling exploration and pioneering scientific discovery. NASA's experiments in the various disciplines of physical science reveal how physical systems respond to the space environment and the near absence of gravity. The main objective of Space Biology research is to build a better understanding of how spaceflight affects living systems in spacecraft such as the International Space Station (ISS), or in ground-based experiments, and to prepare for future human exploration missions far from Earth. SMD’s research grants and cooperative agreements support national goals for robotic and human exploration of space and ground-based investigations that contribute to SMD's science, technology and exploration goals.
Type of Assistance
B - Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Applicant Eligibility
NASA recognizes and supports the benefits of having diverse and inclusive scientific, engineering, and technology communities and fully expects the reflection of such values in the composition of all panels and teams, including peer review panels, proposal teams, science definition teams, and mission and instrument teams. Per Federal statutes and NASA policy, no eligible applicant shall experience exclusion from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from NASA on the grounds of their race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, or disability. NASA welcomes proposals from all qualified and eligible sources, and strongly encourages proposals from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs), veteran-owned small businesses, service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses (SDVOSB), HUBZone small businesses, and women-owned small businesses (WOSBs), as eligibility requirements apply.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Institutions apply on behalf of individuals. All SMD financial assistance complies with 14 CFR 1250, i.e., the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that ensures that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any SMD-funded research or research-related activities. As a condition of receipt of NASA funding, the institution acknowledges and agrees that it must comply (and require any beneficiaries, e.g., subgrantees, contractors, successors, transferees, and assignees to comply) with applicable provisions of national laws and policies prohibiting discrimination.
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