NASA Research & Analysis Proposal

The Journey of a NASA Research & Analysis Proposal explains the in-depth processes involved in initiating a proposal and following through the proper channels of development and approval.

NASA establishes criteria for each NASA-sponsored payload. Four risk classification levels (A thru D) are defined in the NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR). For example:

The Journey of a NASA Research and Analysis Proposal explains the process for writing, submitting, and reviewing a Research and Analysis (R&A) proposal typically follows clear guidelines/standards laid out by the institution calling for proposals—especially on the federal level, NASA is no exception.

Within 3-6 months after submission, proposals go through formal and systematic evaluation from carefully
selected Review Panels. Reviewers are qualified individuals and scientists and are assigned so that there are
no conflicts of interest.

How long does it take?

It often takes anywhere from nine months to one year after the submission of a proposed research project to receive funding

What if the proposal is not successful? 

It is not unusual for a proposal to be rejected the first time. But this does not mean the researcher should give up. The Review Panel provides comments on all failed proposals, so revision and resubmission to subsequent opportunities is always an option.

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