International Space Station Suborbital Flight Opportunities

Submission Deadline: 
Friday, October 8, 2021
The announcement below was obtained from: on 9/14/21
Program Description 
  • Suborbital flight can be used as a maturation step from ground-based research to downstream orbital flight research/demonstration, or can be used for scientific research that can be accomplished in suborbital flight. Proposals shall state how suborbital flight will influence/mature the results/quality of any prior ground-based research or technology development and will provide insight into how the suborbital flight fits into a larger scientific research or space technology development context, as applicable
  • Proposals are expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to NASA’s strategic research and technology development priorities and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities of higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction receiving funding
  • More information about the Flight Opportunities program can be found at
Award Parameters 
  • The award will support a 3-year Period of Performance
  • Cost-share is NOT required
  • The award will total up to $250,000 for research PLUS the cost of flight services (with $12,000 reserved for admin funds)
  • Only ONE flight provider and ONE vehicle class may be used
  • There will be an emphasis on flight-ready experiments
  • Research CAN is to be released at a future date
  • LOIs must be e-mailed to the NASA Oklahoma EPSCoR Office at by 5:00pm CST, Oct. 8th, 2021
Review Criteria 
  • Intrinsic Merit (35%)
  • NASA Alignment & Partnerships (35%)
  • Management & Evaluation (15%)
  • Budget & Justification (15%)