This amendment establishes a new program element in AppendixD.13 entitled "Strategic Astrophysics Technology." Investigations are solicited for the focused development of technologies that feed into and enable missions in the three science program areas of the Astrophysics Division: Exoplanet Exploration, Physics of the Cosmos, and Cosmic Origins. The SAT program is not intended to support ‘basic’ research into new technologies and demonstration of their feasibility, but to emphasize the maturation of key technologies that have already been identified and shown to be feasible. The focus of this program can be described in terms of the "Technology Readiness Level" (TRL) of the technologies involved. The SAT program is designed to address the mid-TRL "gap" between levels 4 and 6. The goal of the SAT program is to support the maturation of technologies whose feasibility has already been demonstrated (i.e., TRL 3) to the point where they can be incorporated into NASA flight missions (TRL 6-7).
Notices of Intent to propose are due February 12, 2010. Proposals are due March 26, 2010.
Further information about the Strategic Astrophysics Technology program is available from Dr. Douglas Hudgins or (202) 358-0988.