NASA iTech is a program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate working in collaboration with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) in support of the Agency’s Mission. This collaborative effort identifies and fosters innovative solutions that aim to solve challenges on Earth and also have the potential to solve some of NASA’s challenges agency-wide.
HOW IT WORKS:
Note: No official U.S. Government or NASA endorsement of non-Federal organizations, products, or services is intended or implied.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in NASA iTech?
Who owns the Intellectual Property for the idea(s) I submit?
NASA iTech is open to U.S. citizens and U.S.-based companies and is subject to all current International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) guidelines. NASA employees are not eligible, but are encouraged to participate in existing programs and opportunities within the agency aimed at fostering emerging technologies.
By participating in NASA iTech, you agree that the idea you submit is your own and/or that you have the legal right to submit the idea. NASA iTech, its partners, including but not limited to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), do not claim rights to intellectual property submitted through this initiative.
Idea submission/narrative formatting guidelines can be found below. Entries must be submitted through the NASA iTech website during an advertised "Call for Ideas" period. Emailed or mailed entries are not accepted and will not be evaluated.
Submitters are responsible for the formatting and appearance of their narrative abstract. Figures and tables must be placed in the file and therefore must be in digital format.
We recommend that you use image file formats that provide acceptable resolution without being huge (for example, please don't use a 1-MB TIFF file when a 150-K GIF file will do).
Narrative entries must be submitted in the English language
YOUR NARRATIVE FILE MUST INCLUDE:
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
For all idea submissions, attention should be given to the following:
a. Which area of focus does the proposal seem to address?
b. Does the development have the potential to break new ground in its field?
c. Can the innovation go to market quickly (ideally within two years)?
d. Is it clear how the business will generate money?
e. Does the submitter clearly understand who the customer is?
f. Does the submitter have the skills to succeed?
g. Does the submitter have a clear path and milestones to succeed?
h. Does the submitter have the right leadership?
CHECKLIST OF ITEMS YOU SHOULD INCLUDE IN YOUR SUBMISSION
During the scoring process, NASA iTech Forum judges will need to ensure that teams address the expectations laid out in these guidelines. When developing your submittal, please verify that you have addressed all (a-h) of the elements above that the judges will be considering. A completed checklist must be included with your submittal as an appendix. The checklist DOES NOT count towards your page maximum.
NASA iTech is currently open to U.S. citizens and U.S.-based companies.
SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL / WHITEPAPER
Entries may only be submitted through the NASA iTech website during an official "Call for Ideas."
For technical questions about entries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org