The Call for White Papers for Cycle 2 closed on April 7, 2017.  Winners of Cycle 2 were announced on July 14, 2017.

Formatting Instructions and Tips for White Paper Submissions

You are responsible for the formatting and appearance of your 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).

  • 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, i.e., Times, Times New Roman, Helvetica, or Arial for text; Symbol for mathematical symbols and Greek letters.
  • Font size should be 12 pt.

Your White Paper File MUST INCLUDE:

  • Title
  • Full name; names of all team members
  • If you are affiliated with a company or 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 2 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? (Challenge focus areas for Cycle 2 can be found here.)
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?


During the scoring process, NASA iTech Forum judges will need to ensure that teams address one or more of the areas of focus and other 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 (included as an appendix).

The compliance matrix DOES NOT count towards your page maximum.


NASA iTech is open to U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents only.


The Call for White Papers for Cycle 2 closed on April 7, 2017.  Thank you to all who submitted potential solutions.