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Aligned Research Program (ARP)

The aim of the ARP is to support innovative, high-risk, and proof-of-concept research in the NASA Ames core competency areas that generally include Aerospace Systems, Information Systems and Computer Science, Earth Sciences, Space Sciences, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Fundamental Space Biology and energy-related science. 

ARP awards can be used for: 

  • Collaborative research efforts between UC and NASA Ames researchers
  • Graduate student or Post-Doc research stipends
  • Relevant travel
  • Research supplies
  • Purchase of equipment or instrumentation
  • Seeding/launching long-term studies

ARP awards are not appropriate for research that imposes restrictions on publications or export control.  ARP awards cannot be used for faculty summer salaries.

For more information, please contact the ARP Director, Burney LeBoeuf.

Current Awards
Research Area 
NASA Ames Collaborators
Air Traffic Management/Aerospace
Recurring: Predictability Measurement and Valuation in Air Traffic Management  Mark Hansen  (UCB) Yi Liu Yoon Jung
Recurring: Computation of Conflict-Free Path Control for High Air Traffic Demand  Jason Speyer (UCLA) Ali Rezaei  Alexander Sadovsky, Doug Isaacson
A Traffic Physics Approach to Separation Assurance and Conflict Resolution for UAS in the NAS  Gabriel Elkaim, Bruce Sawhill Sebastian Henning  Todd Lauderdale, Eric Mueller
Strategic Air Traffic Flow Control via Aggregate Modeling  Kenneth Mease, Said Elghobashi (UCI) Luis Soler Segura  Banavar Sridhar, Shon Grabbe    
Design, Extension and Evaluation of Conflict Resolution Strategies of UAS in the NAS  Alex Pang, Gabriel Elkaim Georg Albrecht, Sameul Toepke Eric Mueller  
Airport Collaborative Gate Allocation Program Development and Optimization  Jasenka Rakas (UCB) Alex Cuevas Doan Derek Katherine Mclaughlin  Yoon Jung, Banavar Sridhar 
Use of Data Link Technology for Contingency Management in Super Density Airspace Operation  Jasenka Rakas (UCB) Aleksandar Bauronov  Sandy Lozito, Miwa Hayashi, Saavy Varma  
Improve Accuracy of trajectory Prediction by Major Contributions to Its Errors  Bruno Sanso/ Yuefeng Wu N/A  Todd Lauderdale  
Visualizing and Optimizing Galaxy Formation and Evolution  Joel Primack Priya Kollipara, Nina McCurdy  Chris Henze 
Better File System Management Through Rich Metadata and Provence  Darrell Long Aleatha Parker-Wood  Ashok Strivastava 
Bio-inspired Self-Deployable Network Robotics  Mircea Teodorescu Sebastian Henning  Corey Ippolito 
Quantum Computing  Peter Young  Matt Wittmann  Vadim Smelyanskiy 
Space Sciences/Synthetic Biology
Synthetic Biology in Extremophiles: Developing a Library of RNA-based Control Components  Todd Lowe Lauren Lui   Lynn Rothschild 
On Demand Diagnostic and Therapeutic Reagents for Interplanetary Space Missions Using Semi-Synthetic Biology  Matthew Coleman (UCD) Wei He Masood Hadi 
Analysis of Synthetic Biology Techniques for Resource Utilization and Food Production in Space  Adam Arkin (UCB) Amor Menezes   John Hogan 
Synthetic Biology Approaches for Designer Extremophiles Chad Saltikov Alison Conrad  Lynn Rothschild 
Space Sciences
Extension: Topography and Gravity of Jovian and Saturnian Satellites Francis Nimmo Jonathan Besserer  Moore, Zahnle Cuzzi, Lissauer 
Bone Degradation and Bone Loss  Phillip Berman  Gabriel Byrne, Kate Markham, Gerardo Perez, Yuki Fukurai  Ruth Globus 
Extension: A New Approach to Modeling Planet Formation  Greg Laughlin Laurel Ruhlen  Mark Marley  
Sustainability Base 
Expanding NASA’s Capacity in Wireless Networks: Smart Building and Space Exploration  Alice Agogino (UCB) Ryan Paulson, Massimo Aliberti Rodney Martin 
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