Effective Date: May 30, 2008
Expiration Date: June 30, 2016
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Note: See NPR 7120.8, NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements for additional definition of terms used in this document.
Peer review. A process in which a group of technically knowledgeable people with reputations for integrity and relevant expertise is convened to provide, to the maximum extent possible, unbiased evaluations of the merit and technical validity of proposed work.
Principal Investigator (PI). A person who conceives an investigation and is responsible for carrying it out and reporting its results. In some cases, PIs from industry and academia act as managers (Project Managers) for smaller development efforts with NASA personnel providing oversight.
Program Officer. A person who manages the solicitation, evaluation, and selection process for an R&T program or portfolio project. The Program Officer is responsible for assuring the Selecting Official prior to selection that all requirements in this NPR and other applicable regulations have been followed.
R&T Misconduct. Fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or technology, or in reporting research or technology results. R&T misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.
Research and Technology (R&T). Basic research, applied research, and technology development.
Scientific and Technical Information (STI). The results (facts, analyses, and conclusions) of basic and applied scientific, technical, and related engineering research and development. STI also includes management, industrial, and economic information relevant to this research.
Unsolicited proposals. Proposals that are submitted to NASA on the initiative of the applicant rather than in response to a BAA or CAN or other solicitation. Waiver. A documented authorization intentionally releasing a program or project from meeting a requirement.
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