Planning for ULI
The University Leadership Initiative is an ARMD initiative that started with a Request for Information (RFI) posted Jul 1, 2015. The RFI results were presented by ARMD leadership to the National Research Coucil on Oct 21, 2015.
ARMD intends the research from the University Leadership Initiative to assist NASA in achieving the long-term aviation outcomes defined in the ARMD Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP). Universities will be able to build diverse, multi-disciplinary teams that provide transformative solutions to system-level aeronautics problems. University-led teams will independently define the technical challenges needed to advance the strategic thrusts defined in the SIP. They will then lay out milestones and conduct the research activities needed to achieve their own technical challenges.
As part of this initiative, NASA intends to directly connect multi-disciplinary research on challenging aeronautics problems with the development of the next generation of researchers and engineers. To meet this goal, lead organizations in future solicitations will be limited to U.S. accredited colleges and universities. Proposing institutions will be invited and encouraged to incorporate other colleges or universities, industry members, non-profit organizations, or other U.S.-based entities as team members. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and other minority-serving institutions are strongly encouraged to participate. An important part of the leadership role assumed by proposing organizations involves including, nurturing, and fully integrating the capabilities of partner schools that may be less-established or have less prior experience working on NASA Aeronautics research projects.