Past Research

Leading Edge Aeronautics Research for NASA (LEARN) Project

The LEARN Project explored the creation of novel concepts and processes with the potential to create new capabilities in aeronautics research through awards to the external community including university and industry teams. The LEARN Project incorporated a competitive review process of the external teams’ proposals to develop integrated solutions for complex technical problems captured in the ARMD strategic thrusts, followed by short duration activities for feasibility assessment. With these processes, NASA funds helped catalyze investments from the aerospace and non-aerospace communities toward solving problems aligned with NASA interests.

LEARN supported innovative aeronautics research through two phases of study. The LEARN Phase I awards were one-year efforts to explore the overall viability, show proof of concept, address the highest risk elements of developing the concept into operations, and advance the technologies required of the concept to the point where the risks and rewards justify further investment. The purpose of the follow on Phase II work was continued development, demonstration and delivery of the concept explored in Phase I. By the end of Phase II a credible plan (path) were defined to build a tangible product and to mature the concept into the ARMD research programs or to achieve practical application by the aeronautics community.

After eight rounds of awards, the LEARN Project is being phased out. There will be no new LEARN solicitations and awards.

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Seedling Fund

The Seedling Fund under NASA Aeronautics annually provided NASA civil servants the opportunity to perform research, analysis, and proof-of-concept development of their novel ideas that had the potential to meet national aeronautics needs. The Fund provided resources for early-stage efforts not currently supported by ARMD Programs and Projects, with the goal of infusing promising concepts into the ARMD research portfolio or into NASA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for further development.

The Seedling Fund also supported innovative aeronautics research through two phases of study. Phase I awards were one-year efforts to explore the overall viability, show proof of concept, address the highest risk elements of developing the concept into operations, and advance the technologies required of the concept to the point where the risks and rewards justify further investment. The follow on Phase II work continued development, demonstration and delivery of the concept explored in Phase I. By the end of Phase II a credible plan (path) were defined to build a tangible product and to mature the concept into the ARMD research programs or to achieve practical application by the aeronautics community.

After eight rounds of awards, the Seedling Fund was phased out.

+ More information on all Seedling awards.

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