National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

About NASA

NASA is America’s civil space program and the global leader in space exploration. At its 20 centers and facilities across the country – and the only National Laboratory in space – NASA studies Earth, including its climate, our Sun, and our solar system and beyond. The agency conducts research, testing, and development to advance aeronautics, including electric propulsion and supersonic flight, and develops and funds space technologies that will enable future exploration and benefit life on Earth.

Includes solicitation information, FAQs, science data and other PI resources.

Includes grants status search, grant forms, grant management training and other useful information.

Includes current policy guidance documents such as The NASA Proposer’s Guidebook and the Grant and Cooperative Agreement Manual (GCAM).

Includes registration information, member login and quick search for solicitations due in the next 30 days.

Grant Terms and Conditions

Note that MIT is a Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) School subject to the Research Terms and Conditions (RTC). Research terms and conditions for all federal agencies are available on the Research Terms and Conditions page hosted on the NSF website; the most current NASA RTC document is listed in the Agency Specific Requirements section. Also review the Prior Approval Matrix at the NSF site which explains what transactions require Agency prior approval or have been waived.

NASA PI Status and Definitions

Please note that NASA has specific definitions for principal investigators. Please review the definitions below and contact your RAS contract administrator with any questions.

MIT has always agreed with NASA’s assessment that PI status for the CO-I is not needed

NASA Definitions

Principal Investigator (PI) – A Principal Investigator is the individual(s) a research organization designates as having an appropriate level of authority and responsibility for the proper conduct of the research, including the appropriate use of funds and administrative requirements such as the submission of scientific progress reports to the agency. Every proposal shall identify a PI who is responsible for the quality and direction of the proposed research and for the proper use of awarded funds regardless of whether or not he/she receives support through the award. 

Co-Investigator (Co-I) – A Co-I is a member of the proposal’s investigation team who may hold either a full-time or limited-term appointment and who is a critical “partner” for the conduct of the investigation through the contribution of unique expertise and/or capabilities. A Co-I must have a well-defined, and generally sustained, continuing role in the proposed investigation, serve under the direction of the PI, and may or may not receive funding through the award. Only an individual who has formally agreed to the role may participate as a Co-I even if the Co-I's participation is at no cost (i.e., contributed) to the proposal. Each Co-I must demonstrate the Co-I's commitment to participate in the proposed investigation by way of a brief, signed statement from the Co-I even if they are from the proposing organization.