EVALUATION CRITERIA

Round One​ - 50 Points Total

Significance and Unmet Needs (0-10 Points):​​​

  • Does this technology enable or improve NASA science? If it is successful, what difference will it make? 

  • Can those improvements be measured or established?

  • Are there significant needs across the government or private sector for the proposed product or service?

Innovation (0-10 Points):​​​

  • How is this capability accomplished today and what are the limitations of current practice?

  • Does the proposed idea utilize novel theoretical concepts, approaches, methodologies, instrumentation, or services? (Note that the proposed technology can also enhance an existing approach.)

Approach (0-10 Points):​​​

  • Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to test the proposed idea?

  • Why will this new approach succeed?

  • What are the risks and mitigation strategies?

  • How does the approach consider NASA science needs?

  • What are the milestones?

Team/Founder Aptitudes (0-10 Points):​​​

  • Does the individual or team demonstrate high level of ability and dedication?

  • Were the passion, drive, discipline, ability to work collaboratively and willingness to push forward under conditions of extreme business uncertainty successfully demonstrated?

Commercialization (0-10 Points):​​​

  • Is there a clear path for the product/service to achieve NASA's missions and/or reach the market demand?

  • Are the product users and purchasers clearly identified?

  • Is there evidence that market research or analysis of competitors was conducted?

Round Two evaluation criteria will be made publicly available prior to the start of Round Two.