A new type of interaction between NASA and Universities

ULI was created to initiate new collaborations between NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) and domestic universities, where university communities take the lead and build their own teams while setting their own research paths. This program seeks new, innovative ideas that can support the NASA ARMD portfolio and the United States aviation community.

Applicants Workshop 7

NASA hosted ULI Applicants Workshop (Round 7) on Thursday, May 11, from 1 to 3pm EST. The workshop provided an opportunity for interested parties to better understand the solicitation’s intent, scope, and selection criteria.

ULI Round 6 Selected!

We are pleased to announce that the 2023 Selections for Round 6 have been made! Zero emissions aviation continues to remain a priority and the expectation is that some version of this topic will be included in the ULI solicitation.


Strategic Goals

Make a Difference

Achieving aviation outcomes defined in the ARMD Strategic Implementation Plan through NASA-complementary research

Transitioning Research

Research results to an appropriate range of stakeholders that lead to a continuation of the research

Our Future Workforce

Broad opportunities for students at different levels, including graduate and undergraduate, to participate in aeronautics research

Promoting Diversity

Greater diversity in aeronautics through increased participation of minority-serving institutions and underrepresented university faculties in ULI activities


By addressing the most complex challenges associated with ARMD strategic thrusts, universities will accelerate progress toward achievement of high impact outcomes while leveraging their capability to bring together the best and brightest minds across many disciplines.

In order to transition their research, Principal Investigators (PIs) are expected to actively explore transition opportunities and pursue follow-on funding from stakeholders and industrial partners during the course of the award.

ULI provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise technical and organizational leadership in proposing unique technical challenges, defining interdisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms, and applying innovative teaming strategies to strengthen the research impact.

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ULI is an initiative under the Transformative Aeronautics Concepts Program (TACP).