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University Leadership Initiative (ULI)

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University Leadership Initiative (ULI) provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing unique technical challenges in aeronautics, defining multi-disciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms, and applying innovative teaming strategies to strengthen the research impact. Research proposals are sought in six areas - Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations (Strategic Thrust 1); Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft (Strategic Thrust 2); Ultra-Efficient Subsonic Transports (Strategic Thrust 3); Safe, Quiet, and Affordable Vertical Lift Air Vehicles (Strategic Thrust 4); In-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance (Strategic Thrust 5); Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation (Strategic Thrust 6). This NRA will utilize a two-step proposal submission and evaluation process. The initial step is a short mandatory Step-A proposal. Those offerors submitting the most highly rated Step-A proposals will be invited to submit a Step-B proposal.
Est. Value
Min: $5,000,000
Max: $25,000,000
Est. Award Date
Q4 2025
Source Est. Solicitation Date
Q2 2024
Set Aside
NASA Headquarters is forecasted to issue a procurement for University Leadership Initiative (ULI) around Q4 2025 worth up to $25,000,000.


Source Level 1 Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Source Level 2 Agency


Point of Contact
Cappuccio, Gelsomina
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