The National Aeronautics and Space Act (the Space Act) provides NASA with the unique authority to enter into a wide range of “other transactions,” commonly referred to as Space Act Agreements (SAAs). NASA Langley enters into SAAs with various partners to advance NASA mission and program objectives, including international cooperative space activities. SAAs allow partnerships with organizations that provide access to a wider range of technologies and capabilities that are not part of NASA’s core competencies. A solid partnership enables us to bring our expertise, assets, or information together with a partner’s core competency to help further our mission goals while simultaneously furthering the mission of our partner. In this sense, all of our partnerships are strategic alliances.
Reimbursable Agreements – Agreements where NASA’s costs associated to the activity are reimbursed by the Agreement Partner (in full or in part). NASA undertakes Reimbursable Agreements when it has unique goods, services, and facilities that are not currently being fully utilized to accomplish mission needs. These may be made available to others on a noninterference basis and consistent with the Agency’s missions and policies.
Nonreimbursable Agreements – Agreements that involve NASA and one or more Agreement Partners in a mutually beneficial activity that furthers the Agency’s Missions. Unlike Reimbursable Agreements, each partner bears the cost of its participation and no funds are exchanged between the parties.
Funded Agreements – Agreements where appropriated funds are transferred to a domestic Agreement Partner to accomplish an Agency mission. Funded Agreements may be used only when the Agency’s objective cannot be accomplished through the use of a procurement contract, grant, or cooperative agreement. Funded Agreements are seldom used by NASA.
International Agreements – Reimbursable or Nonreimbursable Agreements where the Agreement Partner is a foreign entity. The foreign partner may be a legal entity not established under a state or Federal law of the United States and may include a commercial or noncommercial entity or person or governmental entity of a foreign sovereign.