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ARMD uses NASA Research Announcements (NRAs) to solicit proposals for foundational research in areas where we need to enhance our core capabilities. Competition for NRA awards is open to both academia and industry.

The current open solicitation for ARMD Research Opportunities is ROA-2015.

There are no research solicitations at this time; amendments will be posted to the NSPIRES page and announced on this page as they occur.

Previous (closed) solicitations were ROA-2014, ROA-2013, ROA-2011, ROA-2010, ROA-2009, ROA-2008, ROA-2007 and ROA-2006.

The following is general information related to the NRA process.
  • NRA solicitations are released by NASA Headquarters through the Web-based NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES).
  • All NRA technical work is defined and managed at NASA centers by project teams within each of the four program areas (Airspace Systems, Aviation Safety, Fundamental Aeronautics, Aeronautics Test Programs). NRA awards originate from the centers.
  • Competition for NRA awards is full and open.
  • Participation is open to all categories of organizations, including educational institutions, industry and nonprofit organizations.
  • Any information on NRA updates/amendments to ROAs is posted on the appropriate NSPIRES web pages as noted in the Amendment boxes below. ARMD sends notifications of NRA updates through the NSPIRES email system. In order to receive these email notifications, you must be a Registered User of NSPIRES. However, note that NASA is not responsible for inadvertently failing to provide notification of a future NRA. Parties are responsible for regularly checking the NSPIRES website for updated NRAs.
ROA-2015 NRA and Amendments

ROA-2015 NRA Amendments
New Amendment 7 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2015 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following 9 subtopics in Appendix B.4 for foundational research in support of the Safe Autonomous Systems Operations Project: (2.1) System Study to Identify Opportunities for increasingly Autonomous Operations with Emphasis in Traffic Flow Management and Closely-spaced Parallel Runway Operations; (2.2) System study to identify ab initio architecture(s) to meet the needs of future airspace operations (targeted for 2035 and beyond); (2.3) Safety Assurance for Increasingly Autonomous (IA) Systems; (2.4) Advanced universal, reliable, always available, cyber secure and affordable Communication, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS) Options for all altitudes of UAS operations; (2.5) Human-autonomy teaming; (2.6) Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) Trajectory Modeling Approaches; (2.7) Identification of UAV Situational Awareness Issues and Intervention Procedures for Off Nominal Events; (2.8) Interactivity and Mobility Decision Modeling; and (2.9) Concept and Technologies to Support Reduced Crew Operations for Commercial Carriers. NOIs are due June 29, 2015 and proposals are due August 3, 2015.
Amendment 6 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2015 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following 2 subtopics in Appendix D.4 for foundational research in support of the Convergent Aeronautics Solutions Project: (4.2.1) Transformative Innovation and (4.2.2) Tools to Support and Innovative Culture. NOIs are due May 28, 2015 and proposals are due July 2, 2015.
Amendment 5 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2015 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following 11 subtopics in Appendix D.3 for foundational research in support of the Transformational Tools and Technologies Project: (1.1) Turbulence Modeling and Simulations; (1.2) Robust and Efficient Solution Techniques; (1.3) Extreme-Scale Geometry and Mesh Generation Environments; (1.4) Turbulence Modeling CFD Validation Experiments; (1.5) Rapid Viscous Aerodynamic Analysis and Design Methods; (1.6) Tools and Methods for Increased Fidelity Structural Modeling for Conceptual Design and Optimization; (1.7) High Fidelity, Nonlinear, Fluid-Structure Interaction Analysis and Design; (1.8) Liquid Spray Modeling and Simulations; (1.9) Reduced Chemical Kinetics Models with Sensitivity to Fuel Composition; (1.10) Turbulent Combustion Models with Sensitivity to Fuel Composition; (2.1) The “Vision 2040” for Integrated, Multiscale Materials and Structures Modeling/Simulation. NOIs are due May 11, 2015 and proposals are due June 15, 2015.
Amendment 4 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2015 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes a topic in Appendix D.2 in support of the Leading Edge Aeronautics Research for NASA Project. This amendment seeks proposals for innovative designs of one or more Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) that NASA can economically build and fly as test bed(s) to answer important autonomy research questions. LEARN2 will use a 2-step proposal process. Step-A proposals (white papers) are required in place of an optional NOI and are due 6/01/2015. Step-B proposals will be due 21 days after the notification for Step-B proposals is issued.
Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2015 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following 2 topics in Appendix A.2 for foundational research in support of the Advanced Air Transport Technology Project: (1) Ambient High Temperature High Efficiency/High Specific Power Inverter for Aircraft Applications; and (2) Cryogenic High Efficiency/High Specific Power MW-Class Aircraft Inverter. NOIs are due April 21, 2015 and proposals are due May 26, 2015.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Headquarters, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 version of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) entitled, "Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA)” has been posted on the NSPIRES site. Detailed requirements, including Proposal Due Dates will be stated in Appendices that address individual Thrust Areas. These appendices will be posted as Amendments to the ROA NRA and will be published as requirements materialize throughout the year. The initial release of this ROA 2015 NRA includes eleven subtopics supporting the following three topics in Appendix A.5 in support of the Advanced Composites Project: (1) High Fidelity Progressive Damage Analysis (PDA) Methods for Residual Strength and Life Prediction of Composite Structures; (2) Rapid Inspection of Composite Aircraft; and (3) Composite Processing Simulation Tools. Details on subtopic areas can be found in Appendix A.5. For topics/subtopics in ACP, NOIs are due February 23, 2015 and proposals are due March 30, 2015.



+ ROA-2014 NRA Awards
ROA-2014 Awards (as of July 2015)
Program Area Project
Area
Title Principal Investigator Organ. State Co-Investigator/
Team Members
Period of Performance
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology Truss Braced Wing Design and Test Chris Drowney Boeing Company CA 7/22/2014 - 4/12/2016
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology High Speed, High Frequency Air-core Machine and Drive Kiruba Haran University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign IL Robert Pilawa (University Of Illinois) 8/4/2014 - 8/3/2018
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology 10 MW Ring Motor Codrin-Gruie (CG) Cantemir Ohio State University OH James Gregory (Ohio State University) 8/4/2014 - 8/3/2018
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology Lightweight Adaptive Aeroelastic Wing for Enhanced Performance Across the Flight Envelope Peter Seiler Regents of the University of Minnesota MN Brian Danowsky (Systems Tech., Inc.), Charbel Farhat (CMSOFT, Inc.), Jeremy Hollman (Aurora Flt Sciences Corp.), Rakest Kampania (VPI & SU), David Schmidt (D.K. Schmidt & Assoc.) 9/2/2014 - 9/1/2019
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology Fuel-Flexible Combustor for High-OPR Compact-Core N+3 Propulsion Engine Lance Smith United Technologies Corporation CT Stephen Jones (United Technologies Aerospace Systems) / Joseph Staubach (Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engines) 9/26/2014 to 9/25/2018
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology LibertyWorks/Boeing/GT Hybrid Gas-Electric Propulsion System Michael Armstrong Rolls Royce Corporation IN Christopher Droney (Boeing), Christopher Perullo (GT/ASDL) Jimmy Tai (GT/ASDL) 10/1/2014 to 10/1/2019
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology Hybrid Electric Geared Turbofan Propulsion System Conceptual Design Charles Lents United Technologies Corporation CT Jeffrey Cohen (United Technologies Corporation) 10/1/2014 to 3/31/2019
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology Passive Aeroelastic Tailoring for Next-Generation High Aspect Ratio Wings Benjamin Smith Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. MA Carlos Cesnik (UM), Joaquim Martins (UM), Graeme Kennedy (GA Tech) 11/25/2014 to 11/24/2017
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology Integrated Adaptive Wing Technology Maturation Kamal Shweyk The Boeing Company CA James Urnes, Brian Foist, Ed Whalen (Boeing Inc.) 1/22/2015 to 1/21/2019
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology High Efficiency, High OPR Capable Small Core Compressor Andrew Murphy United Technologies Corporation CT C. LeJambre, G. Tillman, S. Holland, P. Van Slooten (UTC/P&W), E. Greizer (MIT) 5/4/2015 to 5/4/2016
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Advanced Air Transport Technology Advanced Casing Treatments for Small Axial Compressor Rear Stages Adrew Breeze-Stringfellow General Electric Company OH G. Jothoprasad, H. Shin, R. Pannedeet, R. Selmeier, R. Mallina, K. Murrow, A. Pritchard (GE) 6/1/15 to 10/1/2019
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology Quiet Nozzle Concepts for Low Boom Aircraft Dimitri Papamoschou University of California, Irvine CA 10/1/2014 to 9/30/2016
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology A.4 High Speed (HS1) Pilot Interface for Mitigating Sonic Boom in Atmospheric Turbulence (SonicBAT) Olu Olofinboba Honeywell International Incorporated MN 2/4/2015 - 2/4/2017
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology (LNP) Low-Noise Technologies for Low Boom Aircraft: Achieving Chapter 14 minus 10EPNdB Boom Kishore Ramakrishnan General Electric Company NY 3/16/2015 to 3/16/2017
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology (SBCR) Propagation of Shaped Sonic Booms Through Atmospheric Turbulence Kenneth Plotkin Wyle Laboratories, Inc. AL 3/2/2015 to 3/1/2018
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology Development of a Sonic Boom Cockpit Display Laura Smith-Velazquez Rockwell Collins, Inc., Government Systems IA 4/13/2015 to 4/12/2017
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology Risk Reduction for Future 393,400.00 Community Testing with a Low-Boom Flight Demonstration Vehicle Sanford Fidell Fidell Associates, Inc. CA 5/26/2015 to 5/25/2018
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology Risk Reduction for Future Community Response Testing with a Low-Boom Flight Demonstration Vehicle Jeffrey Allanach Applied Physical Sciences Corp. CT 5/7/2015 to 5/6/2016
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology SMAAART Task Order Title: "Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD) Concept Refinement Study" John Bonet Boeing Company CA 6/11/2014 to 10/10/2015
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology SMAAART Task Order Title: "Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator (LBFD) Concept Refinement Study" Lockheed Martin Corporation CA 6/11/2014 to 10/10/2015
Advanced Air Vehicles Program Commercial Supersonic Technology Global Environmental Impact of Supersonic Cruise Aircraft in the Stratosphere Steven Barrett Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA 9/12/2014 - 9/11/2018
Airspace Operations & Safety Program Safe Autonomous Systems Operations Development of Framework for The Validation and Verification of Model-Based and Adaptive Control Systems Sergio Guarro ASCA, Inc. CA 10/1/2014 to 9/30/2017
Airspace Operations & Safety Program Safe Autonomous Systems Operations SOTERIA - Safe and Optimal Techniques Enabling Recovery, Integrity, and Assurance Kit Siu General Electric Company NY 12/19/2014 to 12/18/2017
Airspace Operations & Safety Program Safe Autonomous Systems Operations Advanced Symbolic Analysis Tools for Fault-Tolerant Integrated Distributed Systems Bruno Dutertre SRI International CA 5/19/2014 to 5/18/2017
Airspace Operations & Safety Program Safe Autonomous Systems Operations Typecasting Agents for Managing Human-System Interactions in the NAS Kagan Tumer Oregon State University OR 6/1/2014 - 5/31/2017
Airspace Operations & Safety Program Safe Autonomous Systems Operations Event-driven game theory for aviation safety David Wolpert Santa Fe Institute of Science NM 6/1/2014 to 5/31/2017
Airspace Operations & Safety Program Safe Autonomous Systems Operations Category-Theoretic Approaches for the Analysis of Distributed Systems Kevin Schweiker Honeywell International Incorporated MN 9/22/2014 to 9/21/2017
Airspace Operations & Safety Program SMART-NAS Test Bed for Safe TBO Contract-based compositional verification for outsourced flight critical systems Temesghen Kahsai Azene Carnegie Mellon University PA 6/1/2014 to 5/31/2017
Airspace Operations & Safety Program SMART-NAS Test Bed for Safe TBO Abstraction and Synthesis Workbench for Distributed System Analysis, Refinement and Verification Lee Pike Galois Inc. OR 7/25/2014 to 7/24/2017
Airspace Operations & Safety Program SMART-NAS Test Bed for Safe TBO Dissimilar Analysis Tool Chain Property Integration Matthew Barry Kestrel Technology LLC CA 9/16/2014 to 9/15/2016
Airspace Operations & Safety Program SMART-NAS Test Bed for Safe TBO Qualification of Formal Methods Tools Lucas Wagner Rockwell Collins, Inc., Government Systems IA 9/19/2014 to 9/18/2016
Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program Innovative Concepts for Aviation Plasma-Assisted Combustor Dynamics Control (P.100.0508) Kim Wookyung United Technologies Corporation CT 11/15/2012 to 2/14/2014
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Similar Historical Days and Air Traffic Flow Management Response Strategies Mark Hansen University of California Berkeley CA David Lovell and Michael Ball (Univ. of Maryland, College Park), Kennis Yuen Man Chan (ATAC Corp.) Alexey Pozdnukhov (Univ. of Berkeley) 08/01/14 to 07/31/17
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Distributed Schemes for Integrated Arrival departure and Surface Scheduling Husni Idris Engility Corporation VA Jason Bertino (ATAC Corp.), Sharon Woods and Nolan Shen (Engility) 10/01/14 to 09/30/17
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. A Concept of Operations for More Efficient Oceanic Airspace Using Trajectory-Based Operations Peter Hruz Metron Aviation, Inc. VA Taryn Lewis ( Metron Aviation, Inc.) 10/01/14 to 09/30/15
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Accelerating ATM into the Cloud Chris Brinton Mosaic ATM, Inc. VA Andrew Churchill, William Hall, Mike Hill, Jeremy Lindsey and Chris Wargo (Mosaic ATM, Inc.), John Bernard, Ryan Moore, Joseph Schoolfield (Harris Corp.) 10/01/2014 to 09/30/16
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Improved Efficiency in Oceanic Airspace via Trajectory Based Operations Alicia Fernandez Mosaic ATM, Inc. VA Juan Rebollo, Chris Brinton, Stephen Vail (Mosaic ATM, Inc.) Ken Breiding, John Brown (Boeing, Inc.) 09/22/14 to 09/21/2015
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Mapping experimental flight-test results using sub-scale aerial vehicles to the full scale operational environment of the NAS Yiannis Papelis Old Dominion Univ. Research Foundation VA Khan Iftekharuddin,Brett Newman and Menion Croll (Old Dominion University Research Foundation) 09/10/2014 to 09/09/2015
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Operational Concept for Efficient Oceanic Trajectory-Based Operations Jimmy Krozel The Innovation Laboratory, Inc. OR William S. Leber (PASSUR Aerospace, Inc.) Joe Krozel (The Innovation Laboratory, Inc) 10/01/14 to 09/30/15
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Intent-Based Data Mining for Identifying and Classifying Conflict Detection and Resolution from Historical Aircraft Track Data Bong-Jun Yang Optimal Synthesis, Inc. CA Inseok Hwang (Purdue University) 10/01/14 to 09/29/17
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Analysis and Recommendation of Traffic Flow Management Initiatives Kenneth Kuhn Rand Corporation CA Akhil Shah, Christopher Skeels (Rand Corporation) 10/01/14 to 09/30/17
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Methods Of Increasing Terminal Airspace Flexibility and Control Authority Sebastian Timar Sensis Corporation CA Aditya Saraf and Gaurav Nagle (Sensis Corp),David Myers, John Dwyer, and Aslaug Haraldsdottir (Boeing, Inc) 10/01/14 to 09/30/17
Airspace Program Next-Gen Concept Technology and Dev. Single Pilot Understanding through Distributed Simulation Michael Matessa Rockwell Collins, Inc. IA Vernol Battiste (San Jose State Univ. Research Foundation), Matthew Cover, Joseph Engler, Bradley Parker, Thomas Schnell (Univ. of Iowa), Thomas Strybel,Kim-Phuong Vu (Ca. State Univ.,Long Beach) Jason Wenger, (Rockwell Collins, Inc.) 10/01/14 to 09/29/17



+ ROA-2014 NRA Amendments

ROA-2014 NRA Amendments
Amendment 4 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2014 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release solicits foundational research in Appendix E.2 in support of the Innovative Concepts for Aviation Project: Leading Edge Aeronautics Research for NASA (LEARN1). Proposals are sought which align with one or more of the six NASA Aeronautics Strategic thrusts: (1) Safe, Efficient Growth in Global Operations; (2) Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft; (3) Ultra-Efficient Commercial Vehicles; (4) Transition to Low-Carbon Propulsion; 5) Real-Time System-Wide Safety Assurance; and 6) Assured Autonomy for Aviation Transformation. NOIs are due July 28, 2014 and proposals are due August 20, 2014. 
Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2014 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following 7 topics in Appendix A.4 for foundational research in support of the High Speed Project: (1) Sonic Boom Community Response Metric and Methodologies: Propagation of Shaped Sonic Booms Through Atmospheric Turbulence; (2) Sonic Boom Community Response Metric and Methodologies: Risk Reduction for Future Community Testing with a Low-Boom Flight Demonstration Vehicle; (3) Low Noise Propulsion for Low Boom Aircraft: Low-Cost Aeroacoustic Code for Supersonic Propulsion Exhaust System Design; (4) Low Noise Propulsion for Low Boom Aircraft: Low Noise Technologies for Low Boom Aircraft: Achieving Chapter 14 minus 10EPNdB; 5) High Altitude Emissions Research: Global Impact of High-Altitude Emissions from Supersonic Cruise Aircraft; 6) Flight Research and Validation : Development and Flight Validation of Sonic Boom Cockpit Display; and (7) Flight Research and Validation : In-Flight Flow Measurement and Visualization. NOIs are due April 24, 2014 and proposals are due May 29, 2014.
Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2014 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following 6 topics in Appendix A.2 for foundational research in support of the Fixed Wing Project: (1) Hybrid Gas-Electric Propulsion System Conceptual Design; (2) Hybrid Gas Electric Propulsion: High Power Density MW-Class Non-Cryogenic Motor; (3) Advanced Gas-Turbine Propulsion: Low-Emissions, Fuel-Flexible N+3 Combustor Technology; (4) Advanced Gas-Turbine Propulsion: Small Core Turbomachinery Technology; (5) Advanced Wing Technology: Passive Aeroelastic Tailored Wing Technology; and (6) Advanced Wing Technology: Performance Adaptive Aeroelastic Wing Technology. NOIs are due April 3, 2014 and proposals are due May 7, 2014.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Headquarters, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 version of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) entitled, "Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA)” has been posted on the NSPIRES. Detailed requirements, including Proposal Due Dates will be stated in Appendices that address individual Thrust Areas. These appendices will be posted as Amendments to the ROA NRA and will be published as requirements materialize throughout the year. The initial release of this ROA 2014 NRA includes two solicitations (CTD1 and CTD2) in Appendix C.2 for foundational research on topics in support of the NextGen- Concepts and Technology Development Project. For both solicitations, NOIs are due January 24, 2014 and proposals are due February 28, 2014.



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