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2020 Cycle I Focus Areas
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning
Systems designed to leverage AI, increase learning, and change future behaviors to enable more efficient, effective and independent operations.
Breakthrough technologies developed to address a wide array of biological system solutions related to agriculture, food production, and health care.
Technologies designed to perform behaviors or tasks that extend and complement human capabilities, increasing the size, speed, maneuverability, or reaction time while also reducing risk to human life.
Manufacturing methods that integrate advancements in technologies to enable intelligent and efficient manufacturing production processes.
X-Factor: Innovations so compelling NASA should know
You have something - you know you do. Something so cool, so revolutionary that we didn't even know to ask for it, "but NASA has got to know!” If that’s your response, and your innovation doesn't fit in another Cycle category, this one is for you!
2020 Cycle II Focus Areas
Advances in power generation and storage capabilities including breakthroughs in transfer management and conversion to drastically improve safety and energy density while reducing mass for air and space systems.
Technological advancements in photonics devices and components that are designed to increase fidelity and bandwidth while also increasing energy efficiency.
Advanced Engineered Materials
Multi-functional or bio-inspired materials or other technologies which can transform how we build future air and space systems.
Technological advancements in nanosystems to enable smaller components thereby decreasing size and mass.
X-Factor Innovations so compelling NASA should know
You have something-you know you do-something so cool something so revolutionary that we didn't even know to ask for it, "but NASA has got to know!” If that’s your response, and your innovation doesn't fit in another Cycle category, this one is for you!
2021 Cycle I Focus Areas
Have the potential to provide advancements in quantum computing, density mapping, improved imaging technologies, improved inertial measurement unit
(IMU) for navigation, and quantum communications, all of which will be helpful for future NASA missions.
Redesigning organisms for useful purposes and re-engineering them to produce a substance to address problems in medicine, manufacturing, and agriculture. It can also be used to advance the nutrition and safety of astronauts living away from Earth for long periods for future NASA missions.
Small Spacecraft Technology
Development has grown significantly in the last decade. The need for further development and testing of small spacecraft technologies in areas such as communications, propulsion, pointing, power, and autonomous operations is necessary for future NASA missions.
Advancements in Mining
Advancements in automated drilling and tunnel boring systems, drones, smart sensors, and autonomous vehicles are continuing to have a huge impact on mining automation, digitization, and electrification. Such advancements could be significant for a lunar mining colony for future NASA missions.
Innovations so compelling NASA should know. You have something – you know you do – something so cool and revolutionary that we didn't even know to ask for it, "but NASA has got to know!” If that’s your response, and your innovation doesn't fit with another focus area, this is the category for you!