NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) 2017


August 17, 2016 – The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program’s 2017 Phase I Solicitation is now available. NIAC focuses on early studies of visionary concepts that address NASA’s or the nation’s goals but also offer radically different approaches or leapfrog innovations to enable new missions or greatly enhance previous ones. A concept typically includes new technology and must be framed in a mission context.

Proposed concepts must:

  • demonstrate innovation
  • have clear potential impact in transforming future missions

  • employ a strategic technical approach for study

  • demonstrate other non-technical benefits

  • There are two steps to the Phase I proposal process; a brief Step A proposal open to all applicants, and an expanded Step B for those that are invited. The Appendix describes both.

    NIAC concepts are often high risk or far term, but worth studying now to inform NASA’s investments and planning. The entry Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for Phase I concepts should be TRL 2 or lower.

    NIAC will release a separate REsearch, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion (REDDI) Appendix soliciting Phase II proposals at a later date, with sufficient time for eligible Phase I Fellows awarded in this solicitation to apply for follow-on support of up to two more years of study and development.

    To view the NIAC solicitations and related information, visit:

    NASA is hosting a virtual forum on Thursday, August 18, 2016 to answer questions and provide additional information about key aspects of the 2017 NIAC Phase I Solicitation. Specific details for the forum are below.

    The forum will be hosted via teleconference as well as a WebEx. The WebEx has a capacity of 100 people, so if there are multiple interested attendees from the same company please join from one location, thus allowing maximum participation. WebEx participation will be on a first-come, first-served basis so please dial in a few minutes before the event start time. Those unable to connect to WebEx can still join via teleconference and follow along.

    Although this will be a live forum, offerors are encouraged to pre-submit questions in advance, to with the subject title “NIAC Virtual Forum.”

    NIAC Phase I Solicitation Virtual Q&A Forum
    Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
    Time: 12:00-1:00 PM MDT

    Join WebEx meeting
    Meeting number: 991 688 189
    Meeting password: NIAC2016!

    Join by phone
    Dial-In Number: 888-324-9316
    Participant Passcode: 1367290

    The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program’s 2017 Phase I Solicitation is available at:{F36876A8-80E9-2701-718C-84792A64E8B0}&path=open