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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-2014.

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-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-2014 NRA Amendments
New 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.



+ ROA-2013 NRA Amendments (Click to open and close panel)

ROA-2013 NRA Amendments
Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2013 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following 6 topics in Appendix B.2 for foundational research in support of the System-Wide Safety Assurance Technologies Project: (1) Software Intensive Systems: Verification and Validation of Model-Based and Adaptive Systems; (2) Software Intensive Systems: Support for Verification of Black-Box Flight Critical Software; (3) Software Intensive Systems: Qualification of Formal Methods Tools; (4) Distributed Systems: Onboard Integrated Distributed Systems; (5) Distributed Systems: Distributed Airspace Systems; (6) Authority and Autonomy: Safety Analysis of Multiple Human-System Interactions in the NAS.  NOIs are due July 22, 2013 and proposals are due September 5, 2013.
Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2013 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following topic in Appendix E.2 for proposals of innovative concepts and novel solutions for the Innovative Concepts for Aviation Project (LEARN1) managed by the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute. NOIs are due June 14, 2013 and proposals are due July 30, 2013.
Amendment 1 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2013 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following topic in Appendix C.2 for foundational research in support of the NextGen Concepts and Technology Development Project—"National Airspace System Choke Points Analysis and Mitigation Strategies." NOIs are due January 28, 2013 and proposals are due March 4, 2013.

+ ROA-2011 NRA Amendments (Click to open and close panel)

ROA-2011 NRA Amendments
New Amendment 9 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release solicits research proposals in Appendix E.2 for development of early-stage innovative concepts applicable to a broad spectrum of aeronautical challenges in the nation’s air transportation system in support of the Innovative Concepts for Aviation Project. Mandatory Step-A proposals are due July 18, 2012.  
Amendment 8 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release solicits research proposals in Appendix B.2 for development of new verification and validation (V&V) concepts to advance safety assurance methods for flight critical systems in support of the Aviation Safety Program System-Wide Safety Assurance Technologies Project. NOIs are due May 14, 2012 and proposals are due June 18, 2012.
Amendment 7 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes two topics in Appendix B.3 for foundational research related to improved crew decision-making in complex situations in support of the Aviation Safety Program Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies Project. NOIs are due April 30, 2012 and proposals are due June 4, 2012.
Amendment 6 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release solicits research proposals in Appendix B.2 for Development of Data Mining Methods to Discover Human-Automation Issues in support of the Aviation Safety Program System-Wide Safety Assurance Technologies Project. NOIs are due March 22, 2012 and proposals are due April 26, 2012.   
Amendment 5 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes nine topics in Appendix B.3 for foundational research related to maintaining vehicle safety, improving crew decision making, and assuring safe and effective aircraft control in support of the Aviation Safety Program Vehicle Systems Safety Technologies Project. NOIs are due March 19, 2012 and proposals are due April 23, 2012. 
Amendment 4 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following three topics in Appendix C.2 for foundational research in support of the Airspace Systems Program Nextgen Concepts and Technology Development Project: Comprehensive Analysis of Uncertainties in the National Airspace System, Air Traffic Management Functional Allocation using Advanced Computing and Networking, and Technology Candidates for Air-to-Air and Air-to-Ground Data Exchange. NOIs are due February 28, 2012 and proposals are due April 3, 2012.  
Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following two topics in Appendix B.4 for foundational research in support of the Atmospheric Environment Safety Technologies Project:  Experimental Ice Crystal and Super-Cooled Large Droplet Database; Advanced Hazard Detection Capabilities with Multi-Frequency Radar. NOIs are due February 6, 2012 and proposals are due March 26, 2012.  
Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following two topics in Appendix A.3 for foundational research in support of the Subsonic Rotary Wing Project:  Active flow control of dynamic stall at representative Mach number; Assessment of noise metrics for application to large civil tilt rotor (LCTR) flight operations. NOIs are due February 4, 2012 and proposals are due March 23, 2012.  
Amendment 1 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following three topics in Appendix A.2 for foundational research in support of the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project: Turbulence Modeling; Numerical Methods for Turbulent Flow Computations; The "Vision 2030" CFD Code. NOIs are due January 10, 2012 and proposals are due February 7, 2012.

+ ROA-2010 NRA Amendments (Click to open and close panel)

ROA-2010 NRA Amendments
Amendment 10 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes two topics on systems analysis for advanced vehicle configurations under ERA2 in Appendix D.2.  Notice of Intent to propose is due August 5, 2011, and proposals are due September 12, 2011.
Amendment 9 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release restarts the solicitation for Hypersonics research that was originally issued as Amendment 4, HYP1. Due to funding reductions for Hypersonics research in FY2012 and beyond, not all of the topics solicited under Amendment 4 will be funded. Step-2 proposals for HYP1-2 are due August 22, 2011. Only proposers who were selected to submit Step-2 proposals for the HYP1 solicitation are eligible to submit proposals to this solicitation.
Amendment 8 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes topics in Appendix B.9 for research in support of the Aviation Safety Program Atmospheric Environment Safety Technology (AEST) Project.  Research is solicited in the following topics: Experimental Icing Simulation Capability for Large-Scale Swept Wings; Water-Film Thickness Measurement Systems; Advanced Ice Accretion Modeling Studies; Wake Vortex Hazard Investigation. Proposals are due July 15.
Amendment 7 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes seven topics under CTD2 in Appendix C.2 for research in support of the NextGen Concepts and Technology Development Project. Notice of Intent to propose are due April 18 and proposals are due May 23.
Amendment 6 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following three topics in Appendix C.3 for research in support of the NextGen Systems Analysis, Integration and Evaluation Project: Integrated Arrival/Departure/Surface (IADS) Scheduling, Comprehensive Modeling of Air Carrier Behavior, and Trajectory Accuracy Errors. Notices of Intent to propose are due April 6 and proposals are due May 6.
Amendment 5 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release is intended to fill key gaps in the current NASA research and technology portfolio by investing in R&D activities for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the following technology areas: Modeling and Simulation; Separation Assurance and Sense and Avoid; Systems Analysis; Certification; and Test Techniques. UASNAS1 will use a 2-step proposal process. Mandatory Step-1 proposals (white papers) are due February 25, 2011. Step 2 proposals will be due 40 days after the call for Step 2 proposals is issued.
The decision date for downselect of STEP-1 proposals submitted to the Hypersonics Project solicitation (Appendix A.5) within the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA-2010) has been changed to January 7, 2011. All who submitted Step-1 proposals will be informed by NASA as to whether or not they are invited to submit a full Step-2 proposal on January 7, 2011..
Amendment 4 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes sixteen topics in Appendix A.5 for foundational research on reusable airbreathing access to space topics and entry/descent/landing topics in support of the Hypersonics Project. Mandatory Step-1 proposals (white papers) are due November 23, 2010.
Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes eleven topics in Appendix A.2 for foundational research in support of the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project.
Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release changes the due date for proposals to the ERA1 topic in Appendix D.2 to July 23, 2010.
Amendment 1 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2010 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes two topics in Appendix C.2 for the Nextgen Concepts & Technology Development Project. The two topics are: Dynamic Terminal Airspace Concepts; Dynamic Airspace Configuration Concepts – Allocation Response to Weather Events.

+ ROA-2009 NRA Amendments (Click to open and close panel)

ROA-2009 NRA Amendments
Amendment 4 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2009 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes topics for the Supersonics Project related to the modeling of sonic booms and is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2009 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes the following three topics for the Subsonic Rotary Wing Project: 1) development of tools for computational modeling of high speed gearbox windage losses; 2) design, fabrication, and evaluation of active boundary layer flow control for on-blade alleviation of retreating blade stall during moderate forward speeds in a relevant, rotating blade environment; 3) demonstration of concepts for reducing high frequency cabin noise in helicopters due to airborne and structure-borne excitation of the airframe through application of advanced structural design or active control.
Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2009 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This release includes topics for the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project "N+2 Advanced Low NOx Combustor Technologies" and is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
Amendment 1 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2009 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This amendment adds a topic to support separation assurance research for the NextGen-Airspace Project. We expect to amend the NRA throughout the year to support other ARMD projects.

+ ROA-2008 NRA Amendments (Click to open and close panel)

ROA-2008 NRA Amendments
Amendment 8 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2008 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. The amendment includes a new research topic for Appendix B-2, the Aircraft Aging and Durability Project. This topic is related to exploring and documenting a methodology to establish rigorous risk-based models for assessing damage detection capability in maintenance and repair operations.
Amendment 7 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2008 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. The amendment includes two new subtopics for the Supersonics Project related to systems level validation testing, which leverages the substantial investments made by the project (both internally and through the NRA).
Amendment 6 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2008 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. The amendment includes new topics for the NextGen-Airspace and NextGen-Airportal Projects.
Amendment 5 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2008 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. The amendment includes a new research topic: Innovation in Aeronautics Instruction. This topic is to encourage universities or non-profit organizations to create and implement cutting-edge innovative instructional programs in aeronautical engineering or related fields. This may include the development of new learning materials and teaching strategies, implementation of educational innovations, dissemination of aeronautics-related knowledge, and establishment of sustainable educational activities both intra- and extra-curricular.
Amendment 4 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2008 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. The purpose of this amendment is to correct one piece of information in the Aircraft Aging and Durability Project Appendix (B-2). No new topics are added in this amendment.
Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2008 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. The amendment includes a new research topic for the NextGen-Airportal Project.
Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2008 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. The amendment includes new research topics for the Aircraft Aging and Durability Project (AAD), the Integrated Vehicle Health Management Project (IVHM), the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project (SFW), and the Supersonics Project (SUP).
Amendment 1 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2008 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. The amendment includes a new research topic for the Integrated Intelligent Flight Deck Technologies Project.

+ ROA-2007 NRA Amendments (Click to open and close panel)

Amendment 7 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2007 NRA has been posted to the NSPIRES site. This amendment includes new topics for Appendix A.3 (NextGen-Airportal Project).
Amendment 6 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2007 NRA has been posted to the NSPIRES site. This amendment includes new topics for Appendix A.3 (Subsonic Rotary Wing Project).
Amendment 5 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2007 NRA has been posted to the NSPIRES site. This amendment includes a new Appendix E for cross program research. A new topic is included in Appendix E.2 (Integration of Advanced Concepts and Vehicles into the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen)).
Amendment 4 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2007 NRA has been posted. This amendment includes new topics for Appendix C.2 (NGATS ATM-Airspace Project) and Appendix D.2 (Facility Related Research under the Aeronautics Test Program).
Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2007 NRA has been posted. This amendment includes a new Appendix (A.6) for an Entry Descent and Landing (EDL) research area, which is a joint effort between the Supersonics and Hypersonics Projects.
Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2007 NRA has been posted. This amendment includes new research topics in the area of Data Mining for the Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Project . The existing IVHM topics are unchanged.
Amendment 1 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2007 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. The amendment includes new research topics for the Hypersonics Project.

+ ROA-2006 NRA Amendments (Click to open and close panel)

Amendment 6 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2006 NRA has been posted to the NSPIRES site. This amendment includes new topics for Appendix A.4 (Supersonics Project) and Appendix C.3 (NGATS ATM Airportal Project).
Amendment 5 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2006 NRA has been posted to the NSPIRES site. This amendment includes new topics for Appendix B.2 (Aircraft Aging and Durability Project).
Amendment 4 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2006 NRA has been posted. This amendment includes new topics for Appendix A.2 (Subsonic Fixed Wing Project) and Appendix C.2 (NGATS ATM Airspace Project).
Amendment 3 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2006 NRA has been posted. This amendment includes new topics for Appendix A.3 (Subsonic Rotary Wing Project) and Appendix A.4 (Supersonics Project).
Amendment 2 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2006 NRA has been posted. This amendment includes updates in Appendix B.3 to research topics for the Integrated Intelligent Flight Deck Project.
Amendment 1 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2006 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES site. This amendment includes a new research topic in the area of facility research for the Aeronautics Test Program.



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