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Awards Made by the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)


As a Federal Agency, NASA requires prompt public disclosure of the results of its sponsored research to generate knowledge that benefits the Nation. Thus, it is NASA’s intent that all knowledge developed under awards resulting from this solicitation be shared broadly. In certain STMD programs, award recipients will be expected to publish their work in peer-reviewed, open literature publications to the greatest extent practical.

On February 22, 2013, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies entitled “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” that requested a plan for improving the public’s access to the results of federally funded research. Promoting the full and open sharing of data with the research communities, private industry, academia, and the general public is a longstanding core value of NASA. Accordingly, NASA developed a plan in response to the new OSTP requirement that extends NASA’s open access culture to data and publications, entitled: “The NASA Plan for Increasing Access to Results of Scientific Research” launch . In keeping with this plan, specific data archival terms and conditions will be included in applicable Appendices to this SpaceTech-REDDI NRA.

Award recipients may also be subject to reporting requirements under the NASA Plan for Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research. Any such requirements will be identified in the award instrument.


NASA recognizes that there are cases when data cannot be disclosed to the public (e.g., export controlled data). Even in these cases, offerors are expected to publish data to the greatest extent possible (e.g., use normalized data or at least discuss new methodologies used with clean “test cases”). NASA also understands that offerors may have legitimate proprietary interests in the technology or data they have produced at their own expense. If results must include proprietary or restricted information, that information should be appropriately marked and segregated into a separate Appendix that will not be publicly disseminated. A publicly releasable version of the final report and other deliverables shall be otherwise complete and comprehensive.