The Sustainability Challenge application process includes the following submission steps:
- Step 1a: Concept form for review. A subset of applicants with the most promising concepts will then be invited to submit a presentation and pre-recorded “pitch” video (Step 1b).
- Step 1b: Presentation and pre-recorded pitch video (by invitation only) describing the concept in more detail. A group of finalists will be chosen, and each finalist will be invited to participate in question and answer (Q&A) call (Step 1c).
- Step 1c: Q&A call with the Sustainability Challenge expert judges (by invitation only), who will score and rank all finalists.
Following application Steps 1a-1c, a Sustainability Challenge event will be held at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on March 19, 2022. The one-day event will include a session in which the finalists’ recorded presentations will be showcased and livestreamed to a global audience. The event will also include a ceremony to recognize the top three ranked finalists. Following the event, all finalists will be invited to submit a Step 2: Full Proposal for a flight project leveraging the ISS National Lab.
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View the Sustainability Challenges Guidelines document that provides full details about the Sustainability Challenge and the submission process steps.
The ISS National Lab will host two informational webinars for this Sustainability Challenge. For those who cannot attend, a recording of the webinars will be made available here.
November 17, 2021 - Submissions & Evaluation
This webinar will provide an overview of the submissions process, review the items applicants will need to submit for each step in the process, and answer questions from potential applicants.
A recording of today's webinar will be available here shortly.
Step 1a: Concept – Due by end of day on December 6, 2021
Step 1b: Presentation – (by invitation only) due by end of day February 14, 2022
Step 1c: Q&A – (by invitation only) March 7-9, 2022
Sustainability Challenge Event – March 19, 2022
Step 2: Full Proposals – (by invitation only) due by end of day May 9, 2022
Below is a timeline that shows the key steps and dates for the Sustainability Challenge.
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