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For Researchers

NASA engages in the exchange of information to better understand the state of biomimicry — knowledge, understanding, and applications. If you are interested in exchanging ideas and information about nature-inspired technologies, please visit one of the links below.

Find a Subject Matter Expert

Here is a list of biomimicry-friendly Subject Matter Experts at NASA Glenn Research Center.  If you are interested in contacting any of these SMEs, please email

Hypersonics and water purification Isaiah Blankson
Thermal seals for aerospace applications Jeff Demange and Pat Dunlap
Scientific computing and visualization Calvin Robinson and Herb Schilling
Creativity and Innovation Tools Anita Alexander
Icing, anti-icing, ice-phobic research Eric Kreeger
Acoustics Danielle Koch
Nature-inspired design and tools, Propulsion, seal whiskers and airfoils, mycelium Vik Shyam

Find a Nature-Inspired Cluster

Are you interested in connecting with like-minded individuals?

V.I.N.E. has established a network of research clusters (working groups) to explore nature-inspired technology. See the areas of interest below.  If you would like to learn more about these clusters or connect with any of the catalysts listed, email  Please specify the name of the cluster in the Subject line of your email.

Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Sensors, Robotics Schilling
Synthetic Biology, Artificial Evolution and Human Persistence in Space Alexander / Maurer
Multi-functional Materials, Structures, Processing Williams / Maurer

Find Research Areas and Opportunities

These opportunities are posted by researchers in biomimicry and are not endorsed by NASA in any way. Please contact the researcher directly if you are interested in their work.

Animal Locomotion/Biorobotics

Name: Henry Astley

Institution: University of Akron

Department: Biology & Polymer Science

Contact info:, The Astley Lab

Goal: To improve out understanding of animal locomotion and how to apply these solutions to robotics

Skills: I have experience in motion capture, inverse dynamics, muscle physiology, biomimetic robotics, and exotic animal care & surgery.

To see more information, read the Biomechanics of Underwater Walking.

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NIAC Program:

NASA Seeks Phase I Innovative Advanced Aerospace Concepts

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program is seeking Phase I proposals for 2018 through a solicitation released on August 2. The NIAC Program focuses on early studies of visionary concepts that address NASA’s and the nation’s goals and offers radically different approaches or leapfrog innovations to enable new missions or greatly enhance previous ones.

“NIAC concepts are often high-risk or far-term, but worth studying to inform NASA’s investments and planning,” said Jason Derleth, NIAC program executive for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). “A concept typically includes new technology and it’s important that it be framed in a mission context.”

The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for Phase I concepts should be TRL 2 or lower. The proposals will be evaluated using a two-step review process: a brief Step A proposal open to all applicants, and an expanded Step B for those that are invited. Concepts proposed in Step A must be: an aerospace architecture; proposed in a mission context; innovative and offer high potential Impact; and credible and reasonable.

Step B proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria: innovation; potential impact of the concept; technical approach; and as a result of performing the study, there will be notable benefits that contribute to its specific field, even if the concept is shown infeasible. The Appendix describes both processes in detail.

NIAC Phase I awards are valued at approximately $125,000 for up to nine months to support initial definition and analysis of their concepts. If the Phase I studies are successful, awardees can apply for Phase II awards, valued up to $500,000 for up to two additional years of concept development.

NIAC will release a separate Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion (REDDI) Appendix soliciting Phase II proposals at a later date, with sufficient time for eligible Phase I Fellows awarded in this solicitation to apply for follow-on support of up to two more years of study and development.

The NIAC program is a part of STMD. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering, new technologies and capabilities needed by the agency to achieve its current  and future missions.

For the complete guidelines for 2018 NIAC Phase I solicitation proposal submissions, visit: NSPIRES External Solicitations
For more information about the NIAC program, visit: NASA NIAC
For more information about NASA’s investments in space technology, visit: Spacetech

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Technology Transfer Office

You can also contact NASA to discuss licensing technologies and explore partnership opportunities in other areas. Find more information at the Technology Transfer Office at Glenn Research Center.

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