What is the NASA STI Program?

The NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program was established to support the objectives of NASA’s missions and research. The Mission of the STI Program is to support the advancement of aerospace knowledge and contribute to U.S. competitiveness in aerospace research and development. This program is essential to help NASA avoid duplication of research by sharing information and to ensure that the U.S. maintains its preeminence in aerospace-related industries and education. The NASA STI Program acquires, processes, archives, announces, and disseminates NASA STI and acquires worldwide STI of critical importance to NASA and the Nation.

The STI Program is a critical component in the worldwide activity of scientific and technical aerospace research and development. Collected from U.S. and international sources, STI is organized according to content prior to being added to the NASA Technical Reports Server. The NTRS is a world-class collection of STI that includes over a million bibliographic records and a growing number of full-text documents. A public interface is available through the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS).

NASA STI Program

  • Helps provide the widest appropriate dissemination of NASA research results
  • Is essential in helping the United States maintain leadership in aerospace
  • Provides a mechanism to help NASA avoid duplication of research, saving time, effort and research funds

STI Program as a critical component in the aerospace community

  • Acquires STI from sources around the world
  • Maintains the largest collection of aerospace STI in the world
  • Provides worldwide access to STI that increases productivity and minimizes duplication of research

STI Program Mission

  • Supports the advancement of aerospace knowledge
  • Contributes to U.S. competitiveness in aerospace research and development (R&D) by helping to show the value of R&D funding and accomplishment
  • Implement R&D policy and align procedures with U.S. laws and NASA organizational requirements
  • Collects STI from all NASA centers