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Procedural
Requirements
NPR 7120.8A
Effective Date: September 14, 2018
Expiration Date: September 14, 2023
COMPLIANCE IS MANDATORY

(NASA Only)

Subject: NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements

Responsible Office: Office of the Chief Engineer


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Table of Contents

Preface

P.1 Purpose
P.2 Applicability
P.3 Authority
P.4 Applicable Documents And Forms
P.5 Measurement/Verification
P.6 Cancellation

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 Background
1.2 Overview of Management Process

Chapter 2. NASA Life Cycles for Managing Research and Technology

2.1 Governance
2.2 Research and Technology (R&T) Programs
2.3 Research and Technology Projects
2.4 Strategic Acquisition Planning
2.5 R&T Program and Project Oversight
2
.6 R&T Program and Project Reviews

Chapter 3. Program Requirements

3.1 Overview
3.2 R&T Program Requirements

Chapter 4. R&T Project Requirements

4.1 Overview
4.2 Project Requirements

Chapter 5. General Management Principles

5.1 Overview
5.2 Roles and Responsibilities
5.3 Process for Handling Dissenting Opinions
5.4 Technical Authority
5.5 Research Practices
5.6 Principles Related to Tailoring Requirements
5.7 Use of Metric System

Appendix A. Definition of Terms
Appendix B. Acronyms
Appendix C. R&T Program Formulation Authorization Document (FAD) Template
Appendix D. R&T Program Commitment Agreement (PCA) Template
Appendix E. Program Plan Template
Appendix F. R&T Project Formulation Authorization Document (FAD) Template
Appendix G. R&T Project Plan Template
Appendix H. Reserved
Appendix I. Research and Technology Project Work Breakdown Structure
Appendix J. Requirement Reference Table
Appendix K. Technology Maturity Assessment Process
Appendix L. Requirement Waiver Form for NPR 7120.8
Appendix M. References

LIST OF FIGURES

Figure 3-1 Program Life-Cycle Figure
Figure 4-1 R&T Project Life Cycle
Figure 4-2 Generic Flow for R&T Projects
Figure C-1 R&T Program Formulation Authorization Document Title Page
Figure D-1 R&T Program Commitment Agreement Title Page
Figure E-1 Program Plan Title Page
Figure F-1 R&T Project Formulation Authorization Document Title Page
Figure G-1 Project Plan Title Page
Figure I-1 Technology Development Project Work Breakdown Structure
Figure K-1 Configuration Fidelity Spectrum
Figure K-2 Environment Spectrum

LIST OF TABLES

Table 3-1 Summary of Authorities for R&T Programs
Table 3-2 Authority to Proceed Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 3-3 Program Approval Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 3-4 Program Status Review Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 3-5 PAR Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 3-6 Closeout Activity Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 4-1 Summary of Authorities for R&T Projects
Table 4-2 Authority to Proceed Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 4-3 Project Approval Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 4-4 Periodic Project Reviews Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 4-5 Continuation Assessment Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 4-6 Closeout Expected Inputs and Outputs
Table 4-7 Examples of Success
Table 5-1 Waiver Approval for R&T Programs and Projects


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