National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Important Links to NASA’s Contracts and Grants Information Pages

Link to the NASA Home Page

NASA Shared Services Center - Customer Service Website
Contains:
Grant Status Search Link
Agency Cooperative Agreement Waiver List
Service Descriptions, Chargeback Rates, and Metrics
Grants Team Contact List: Point of Contact, Areas of Responsibility
Forms and Procurement Links

NASA Employee Directory - With this directory you can look up the direct emails addresses of NASA Award Contacts

Guidebook For Proposers Responding To A NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Or Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) - 2015

NASA Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook:  This handbook consists of four sections that prescribe policies and procedures relating to the award and administration of NASA grants and cooperative agreements.

 

Grant Terms and Conditions – Note that MIT is a Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) School subject to the Research Terms and Conditions (RTC).

Please refer to the link below at the NSF web site. Specifically refer to NASA July 2008. This NSF Research Terms and Conditions link will provide you with information regarding the NASA Research Terms and Conditions for your Grant.

Also note the Prior Approval Matrix at the NSF site which explains what transactions require Agency prior approval or have been waived.

NSPIRES Basics: Registration and Submission 

NASA PI Status

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 his/her participation is at no cost (i.e., contributed) to the proposal. Each Co-I must demonstrate his/her commitment to participate in the proposed investigation by way of a brief, signed statement from him/her even if they are from the proposing organization.