XHAB Questions

Updated 03/26/2015

General Questions

Q: How many projects in each area does NASA intend to fund?

A: Based upon internal NASA factors, and the quality, alignment and number of proposals received, NASA is prepared to fund one or more projects in each of the 7 major project areas.


Q: Should the proposed budget include travel costs for making a prototype presentation at the appropriate NASA center?

A: Yes, selected teams are responsible for all costs associated with their duties as outlined in the solicitation.


Q: Will faculty from non-ABET departments at ABET accredited institutions be considered for this project?

A: Proposals will be accepted only from faculty members who currently teach an ABET accredited design course. There are no restrictions in the solicitation that would prohibit faculty members who are not currently teaching an ABET accredited design course from partnering on a proposed effort.


Q: Can arrangements be made to include a “sponsoring” ABET accredited department along with the proposal (e.g., by cross-listing the associated course; supervision by faculty from an accredited department, etc.)?

A: Collaborative teams must be led by a faculty member who currently teaches an ABET accredited design course. The students enrolled in this design course must be active participants in the effort. The team can be comprised of students and or faculty members from multiple courses, multiple departments, and or multiple institutions, which may or may not all be ABET accredited. The entire team must use a systems engineering approach.


Q: Are multi-disciplinary proposals considered or scored any differently from proposals that originate directly from ABET accredited institutions?

A: All proposals must be led by a faculty member who currently teaches an ABET design course. Multi-disciplinary, multi-departmental and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged. They will be scored the same as single disciplinary, single institutional proposals.


Q: If we have had or currently hold a contact with the X-Hab program does it in any way impact our eligibility for this cycle?

A: There are no exclusions for being involved in X-Hab in the past or at present.


Q: I am an international student and would like to participate in the program. My university is not forming a team. Can I join another university team?

A: XHab teams may be comprised of students from multiple universities and there are no restrictions on the citizenship of the student participants. The proposal must be lead by a faculty member who is a U.S. citizen and is currently teaching an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course. The majority of the students involved in the team must be enrolled and receiving credit in the design course taught by the faculty lead.


Q: If we previously worked on a X-Hab project, may we propose to the same project again where we would further the prototype development?

A: Project concepts in the solicitation may appear similar from year to year and be focused on a similar interest. However, the capabilities and creativity that each proposer brings to the advancing the concept makes the projects unique and that includes leveraging capabilities from previous investments via X-Hab or other endeavors.


Q: How do we submit a notice of intent?

A: Notices of intent should be emailed to xhab@spacegrant.org.  Notices of intent are not binding or required to submit a proposal.


Q: What should the letter of intent contain?

A: Letters of intent are a mechanism for NASA to have an understanding of what types of proposals are in the works. They are encouraged but non-binding and not required. Letters of intent should be no more than one page and should contain full contact information for the principal investigator, the XHab topic(s) that are being addressed, the potential title of the proposed effort, and a short description of the potential proposed work. The letter of intent will not be included in the evaluation process of submitted proposals.


Q: The list of milestones contains sevearl (if applicable) items. How should these be addressed in the proposal?

A: These notional milestones could be applicable if the project team is working directly with a NASA point of contact as an advisor on their proposal development. That advisor may have insight that recommends that the proposed work may integrate into an existing NASA testbed, and thus the proposal could be structured in a way to accommodate that. Previous X-Hab activities have been structured that way, but those milestones are labeled “if applicable” because they are optional depending on the proposal. Most X-Hab projects conclude at the end of the spring semester.


Food Production

Q: What is the material/container that produce is stored in on space voyages?

A: For future space missions, there are no current requirements or definitions for the materials for food storage.   Though there are current requirements for food preparation and storage for the International Space Station that can be shared as background during project execution, the intent of this project is to leave the options open to the creativity of the proposing team.