NASA seeks public comment on new institutes

from the short-notice dept.
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to implement a number of University-based research centers, to be known as Research, Engineering, and Technology Institutes, or RETIs, and is seeking public comment on the implementation of this new program. Nanotechnology is prominently featured among the targeted technologies.

The goal of this plan is to strengthen NASA's ties to the academic community through long-term sustained investment in areas of innovative and long-range technology critical to NASA's future. At the same time the RETIs will enhance and broaden the capabilities of the nation's universities to meet the needs of NASA's science and technology programs. The role of the RETIs is intended to be research and exploitation of innovative, cutting-edge, emerging opportunities for technology that can have a revolutionary impact on the missions that NASA pursues in the future, while expanding the nation's talent base for research and development.

Organizations that have an interest in this activity are requested to provide information that addresses creative concepts in how to implement the RETIs, on collaborations with the NASA Centers, on mechanisms for partnering with non-university/non-NASA performers, and on RETI management.

Public Comment Due Date: April 21, 2001

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