National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA's mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.


FY 2016 Proposed $15.8 million


NASA’s efforts in Nanotechnology are focused on developing novel concepts for the Agency’s future needs in electronics, computing, sensors, materials/structures and advanced miniaturization of all systems.  The efforts also strive to develop a highly integrated and intelligent simulation environment that facilitates rapid development and validation of future generation intelligent devices and materials.


Recent highlights include: nano-aluminum/ice rocket propellant, ultrasensitive chemical sensors for monitoring trace gases and vapors, nano-structured composites for thermal isolation applications, and smart electroactive materials. The projects include advancing technology readiness levels via, both, ground-based experiments, as well as, flight demonstrations on the Shuttle, the International Space Station and DOD flight opportunities.


Dr. Azlin Biaggi-Labiosa
Manager, Nanotechnology Project, Space Technology Project Office



NASA funding opportunities are predicated, on a competitive basis, through Agency-wide Announcement of Opportunities.