Procurement Information Circular

October 25, 2006



PURPOSE:  To ensure better reporting of data and compliance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) direction regarding “Grants.gov APPLY.”


BACKGROUND:  NASA reports voluminous data to OMB and others regarding its grants and cooperative agreements.  In addition, OMB has directed NASA to post 100 percent of these discretionary solicitations on the “Grants.gov APPLY” module.  Because NASA has designated the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) as its single agency portal for posting solicitations to Grants.gov, Centers shall post all NASA Research Announcements (NRAs) and Cooperative Agreement Notices (CANs) that could result in a grant or cooperative agreement on NSPIRES.  While NSPIRES is an end-to-end web-based electronic system that supports the posting, submission, evaluation, and selection of proposals, only the posting of solicitations is required by this PIC.  The other features of NSPIRES are optional.


GUIDANCE:  All NRAs and CANs issued on or after October 1, 2006 that could result in the award of a grant or cooperative agreement shall be posted on NSPIRES.  Procurement offices shall notify program offices issuing solicitations of the requirement to use NSPIRES.  Those posting solicitations on NSPIRES must register for an account at http://i-nspires.nasaprs.com/internal/.  Instructions on how to use NSPIRES will be available through user desk guides at https://i-nspires.nasaprs.com/tutorials/.  For additional help, you may contact the NSPIRES Help Desk at (202) 479-9376, or by email at nspires-help@nasaprs.com.


EFFECTIVE DATE:   This PIC is effective as dated and will remain in effect until canceled or superseded.


HEADQUARTERS CONTACTS:  Jamiel Commodore, Contract Management Division, (202) 358-0302, e-mail: jamiel.c.commodore@nasa.gov; Paul Brundage, Contract Management Division, (202) 358-0481, e-mail: Paul.D.Brundage@nasa.gov.



James A. Balinskas

Director, Contract Management Division



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