NASA Postdoc Program

The NASA Postdoctoral Program, Support Contractors, Key NASA Personnel

For more than 15 years, the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters has collaborated with 1) other Mission Directorates (Aeronautics, Space Technology, etc.); 2) Headquarters’ Offices; 3) NASA Centers; 4) the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); and 5) beyond-NASA, non-federal organizations, to monitor contractors, i.e., Universities Space Research Association (USRA) or Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), who support the day-to-day operations for the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP).

NASA periodically competes NPP support, and the most recent Request for Proposals, Source Selection Statement, etc., for solicitation number: 80HQTR20R0013 entitled “Final RFP NASA Postdoctoral Program-2 (NPP-2)” may be downloaded from The NPP contract provides: 1) Materials, facilities, supplies, administrative support, programmatic support, and expertise necessary to promote and administer the NASA Postdoctoral Research Program (NPRP) and the NASA Postdoctoral Management Program (NPMP);  2) Foreign National employment expertise;  3) Online Web services creation, improvement, and design;  4) Development and maintenance of online applications;  5)  In depth participant tracking and accounting;  and 6) Administration of an efficient, professional, and fair selection process.

While NASA announced the selection of a new, i.e., NPP-2 contractorthe correct effective date for the new contract with ORAU is on or about January 30, 2022.   A 90-day transition period with the out-going contractor (USRA), or NPP-1 has ended. USRA no longer supports current and prospective Fellows. Please visit the NPP-2 website hosted by ORAU for details about program eligibility,  future application deadlines, etc.

Emails for Key NASA Personnel NPP-2

Other Key NASA Points of Contact
Listed Alphabetically by Name of the Center, Host Site, Funding Program, or Mission Directorate

Center, Funding
Program or Mission

Representative Name
with Linked Email

Affiliate (if any)

Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD)

Karen Rugg


Ames Research Center (ARC)

Estelle Dodson

Caroline To

Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC)



Astrobiology Program

Mary Voytek

Melissa Kirven-Brooks

Glenn Research Center (GRC)

M. David Kankam


Goddard Space Flight Center (includes the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Wallops Flight Facility) (GSFC)


Blanche Meeson


Dale Clarke

ESDMD/SOMD (includes Exploration Systems Development & Space Operations Mission Directorates)

Bette Siegel


Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Rowena Dineros

Sophia Hong and Gloria Nguyen

Johnson Space Center (JSC)

Justin Simon


Kennedy Space Center (KSC)

Jose Nunez

Grace K. Johnson

Langley Research Center (LaRC)

Kathleen C. Powell

Allen Larar

Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

Shelia Nash-Stevenson

Caleb Fassett

Science Mission Directorate @HQ (SMD)

Marian R. Norris

Mary F. Sladek

Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

Sarah Noble

Kristina Gibbs

Space Biology Program (Part of SMD)

Sharmila Bhattacharya

Mary Walsh

Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)

Robert Yang

Arthur Maples

Stennis Space Center (SSC)

Mitch Krell


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