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Why NASA iTech Energy?


Why NASA iTech?

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Why NASA iTech Energy?


Why NASA iTech?

Continual innovation – from outside the space industry as well as within – promises to make future spaceflight more cost effective, more reliable and safer than merely relying on current technology.

Innovative ideas and technologies that could enhance future space exploration missions may already exist at various stages of development. Whether these technologies are located at small companies, university labs or other locations, it's important to find them and support their development.

Some innovations and technologies necessary for further exploration of space may not yet exist. By participating in NASA iTech, universities, small businesses and inventors that have adjacent technologies will reveal opportunities to re-vector collaborative resources to mature these technologies for humankind's next greatest mission beyond Earth orbit.


NASA iTech brings notable benefits for innovators who submit their ideas:

 
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Connections

All eligible submissions for NASA iTech's unique energy cycle are being reviewed by a panel of energy experts assembled by NASA iTech.  The top 25 energy solutions for 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy will be recognized as semifinalists on May 10, 2018, and moved forward for further evaluation by NASA's Chief Technologists and ARPA-E.

The Top 10 finalists will be announced on May 25, 2018. These top 10 innovators will present to NASA, ARPA-E, subject matter experts, space industry partners, and potential investors at the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy Forum to be held at Citi's Global Headquarters in New York City, June 11-14, 2018.

 

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Recognition

The top ten innovators will be invited to present their concepts in person to NASA, ARPA-E, subject matter experts, space industry partners, and potential investors at the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy Forum.

The top three solutions will be selected  and recognized in a non-monetary awards ceremony at the culmination of the Forum, and will be mentored after the forum to help ensure success in bringing their innovations to market

Past winners have participated in prestigious events, such as serving on innovation-themed panels at the Space Technology & Investment Forum in San Francisco, California and the annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

 

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FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs


Frequently Asked Questions

About NASA iTech

NASA iTech is an initiative of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Technology Mission Directorate and managed by the NIA pursuant to a cooperative agreement between the NIA and NASA. NASA iTech is a collaborative effort to find and foster innovative solutions that aim to solve challenges on Earth and also have the potential to solve some of NASA's challenges agency wide.  No official U.S. Government or NASA endorsement of non-Federal organizations, products, or services is intended or implied.


Who can participate in NASA iTech?

NASA iTech is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only and is subject to all current International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) guidelines. NASA employees are not eligible, but are encouraged to participate in existing programs and opportunities within the agency aimed at fostering emerging technologies. 


Who owns the Intellectual Property for the idea(s) I submit?

NASA iTech, its partners, including but not limited to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), do not claim rights to intellectual property submitted through this initiative. By participating in NASA iTech, you agree that the idea you submit is your own and/or that you have the legal right to submit the idea.


Idea submission/white paper formatting guidelines can be found here. Entries must be submitted through the NASAiTech.com website during an advertised "Call for Papers" period. Emailed or mailed entries are not accepted and will not be evaluated.

Formatting Guidelines


For additional information about participation, contact Tom Flake, National Institute of Aerospace at thomas.flake@nianet.org.

For media inquiries, contact Gina Anderson, Public Affairs Officer, NASA Headquarters, Washington. ph. 202-358-1160 email: gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov

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Guidelines


Idea Submission Guidelines

Guidelines


Idea Submission Guidelines


Formatting Instructions and Tips for White Paper Submissions

Submitters are responsible for the formatting and appearance of their white paper abstract. Figures and tables must be placed in the file and therefore must be in digital format.

We recommend that you use image file formats that provide acceptable resolution without being huge (for example, please don't use a 1-MB TIFF file when a 150-K GIF file will do).

  • White paper entries must be submitted in the English language
  • File size cannot exceed 50 MB
  • Five (5) pages maximum (including figures, tables, and references)
  • A cover page is not required, but if your team chooses to use a cover page, it will not count toward the five-page limit.
  • White papers should be single-spaced.
  • Please use fonts common to Macintosh and PC platforms (for example, Times, Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Arial for text; Symbol for mathematical symbols and Greek letters.)
  • The font size for the body of the paper should be 12 pt.

Your White Paper File MUST INCLUDE:

  • Title
  • Mailing address and contact information of your organization
  • Full name; names of all team members (Note: The "Team Name" as entered on the Entry Form is how we will refer to your organization in any media/press.)
  • If you are affiliated with a company or organization – their name
  • If you are affiliated with a government organization – their name
  • If you are affiliated with an accelerator or incubator – their name
  • If you are affiliated with a college or university – their name
  • If you are affiliated with or funded by an Angel group or VC Firm – their name

Things to consider:

For all NASA iTech Cycle II Energy idea submissions, attention should be given to the following:

  • The current “Technology Readiness Level” (TRL) level of your development – is it merely a theory or is it currently on the market as a product or is it somewhere in between?
  • Our judges will be asking themselves the following questions regarding your submittal in their evaluation:

a.    Which area of focus does the proposal seem to address?
b.    Does the development have the potential to break new ground in its field?
c.    Can the innovation go to market quickly (ideally within two years)?
d.    Is it clear how the business will generate money?
e.    Does the submitter clearly understand who the customer is?
f.     Does the submitter have the skills to succeed?
g.    Does the submitter have a clear path and milestones to succeed?
h.    Does the submitter have the right leadership?

COMPLIANCE MATRIX

During the scoring process, NASA iTech Forum judges will need to ensure that teams address the expectations laid out in these guidelines. When developing your submittal, please verify that you have addressed all (a-h) of the elements above that the judges will be considering. A completed Compliance Matrix must be included with your submittal as an appendix.

The compliance matrix DOES NOT count towards your page maximum.

Eligibility

NASA iTech is currently open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.

SUBMITTING YOUR PROPOSAL / WHITEPAPER

Entries may only be submitted through the NASAiTech.com website during an official "Call for Ideas." The Call for Ideas for 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Energy deadline was April 29, 2018. Windows for entries to future cycles may be announced after the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Forum.

For technical questions about entries, please contact thomas.flake@nianet.org


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iTech Innovator Discussion Group


iTech Innovator Discussion Group


 

If you have submitted an eligible white paper to NASA iTech and would like to take part in the participant's discussion group for NASA iTech on LinkedIn*, you may visit it using the button below.


* The LinkedIn Group is not affiliated with or managed by NASA. Official announcements regarding NASA iTech will be posted at http://www.NASAiTech.com.

 
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