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NASA NPR 7120.8

2008 Edition, April 18, 2013

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NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements (w/change 3 dated 04/18/13)

Includes all amendments and changes through Change 3, April 18, 2013

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This document establishes the program and project management requirements by which NASA will formulate and execute research and technology (R&T), consistent with the governance model contained in NASA Policy Directive (NPD) 1000.0, NASA Strategic Management and Governance Handbook.


a. This NASA Procedural Requirements (NPR) is applicable to NASA Headquarters and NASA Centers, including Component Facilities and Technical and Service Support Centers. This directive applies to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and contractors only to the extent specified or referenced in the appropriate contracts.

b. This NPR applies to all current and future R&T managed or funded by NASA (excluding all NASA-funded programs, projects, and activities managed under NPR 7120.5, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements; NPR 7120.7, Institutional Infrastructure and Information Technology Program and Project Management Requirements; and investments funded with Center discretionary funds within Center General and Administrative (G&A)). R&T programs and projects shall be managed using NPR 7120.5 in lieu of this NPR when: (1) the R&T is directly funded by a space flight program/project; and (2) the space flight mission's success and schedule are directly tied to the success of the R&T. For existing R&T programs and projects, the requirements of this document are applicable to the program/project's extant phase as of the effective date of this NPR and to phases yet to be initiated.

c. In cases of any conflict between NPR 7120.5 and this NPR, NPR 7120.5 will take precedence. The NASA Associate Administrator (AA), Mission Directorate Associate Administrator (MDAA) or the Mission Support Office Director (MSOD) may direct the use of NPR 7120.5 in lieu of this NPR for any R&T investment.

d. In this NPR all manadatory actions (i.e requirements) are denoted by statements containing the term "shall", the terms "may" or "can" denote discretionary privilege or permission, "should" doenotes a good practice and is recommend but not reuqired, "will" denotes expected outcome, and "are/is" denotes descriptive material.