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NASA is looking for cutting-edge technology that can revolutionize aerospace technology, according to a Nov. 15 press release.

The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program (NIAC) offers as much as $100,000 to help study potentially groundbreaking technology that is at least 10 years from being operational, according to the agency.

NASA is accepting short proposals until Dec. 18. The agency will pick from among the applicants to write longer proposals due March 2014.

“Our NIAC program provides an on ramp for early stage technology concepts to take seed and potentially create revolutionary new capabilities for space exploration that might one day change how we live and work as we explore the cosmos,” said NASA’s associate administrator for space technology Michael Gazarik.

Past NIAC proposals have included ideas such as using electromagnets to protect spacecraft from radiation and a solid-state air purifier, according to NASA.

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