Proposed New on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Language for Science Mission Directorate Announcements of

NASA Request for Information: Proposed New on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Language for Science Mission Directorate Announcements of

Status Report
Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Solicitation Number: NNH21ZDA019L

Release Date:  September 22, 2021

Response Date: November 3, 2021 11:59 pm Eastern Time

Inclusion is a NASA core value. The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is committed to a culture of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) where all employees feel welcome, valued, respected, and engaged.  NASA expects that IDEA will be reflected in the composition of all Announcement of Opportunity (AO) proposal teams. SMD also expects that all AO mission projects will clearly define the principles by which team members can operate in an inclusive and equitable environment.

To meet NASA’s expectations regarding the reflection of IDEA values in the composition of proposed mission teams, SMD plans to add language to future Announcements of Opportunity (AO) and amend the currently open Stand-Alone Mission of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-3). Proposers will be required to describe in their proposal how the processes used 1) to assemble the proposed team and 2) to execute the proposed project aligned with SMD’s IDEA values, including the NASA Policy Statement on Diversity and Inclusion at

This email announces a Request for Information (RFI) via NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) that seeks comment/response from the public on the draft language that NASA intends to add to SMD’s Standard AO Template, all future stand-alone SMD AOs, and the SALMON-3 AO. The full text of SMD’s IDEA RFI, including the proposed new AO language and response instructions can be found at short URL: RFI responses must be submitted via NSPIRES and are due on November 3, 2021.

Please send any questions concerning this RFI to one or both of the following email addresses no later than October 22, 2021 11:59 Eastern time. SMD intends to respond to queries by October 29, 2021. Depending on the nature of the question(s), NASA may respond on an individual basis by email or may post responses in a “Questions and Answers” (Q&A) at Email questions concerning this RFI using subject line “AO IDEA RFI” addressed to:

Dr. Michael H. New

Deputy Associate Administrator for Research

Science Mission Directorate

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Washington, DC 20546

Email: [email protected]


Dr. Cindy L. Daniels


Science Office for Mission Assessments

NASA Langley Research Center

Hampton, VA 23681

Email: [email protected]

Any posted Q&A are intended to address inquiries of broad interest and general clarification and will be edited to preserve the anonymity of persons and institutions who submit questions. The preceding email addresses are not to be used for RFI response submissions; any RFI submissions made via email will not be considered.

Notes: Please visit NSPIRES for the full text and read the RFI before emailing. Additionally, in the event of lapses to the NASA operations, respondents also should visit NSPIRES, the official NASA source for NNH21ZDA019L.

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