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New NASA Research Announcement (NRA) 80JSC017N0001-FLAGSHIP1
Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions
NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) has released solicited research response area NRA 80JSC017N0001-FLAGSHIP1 “NASA Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions” that solicits applied research in support of HRP goals and objectives. This response area is Appendix A of the Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) NRA (80JSC017N0001).
Proposals are solicited by NASA in the area of Space Radiobiology Tissue Sharing: Research Proposing the Use of Archived Tissue Samples or Samples from Ongoing Experiments.
Appendix A of the HERO NRA and associated documentation can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/HERO-FLAGSHIP1-2017
The HERO NRA including all open appendices is available through the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at: https://tinyurl.com/NASA-HERO-2017
A virtual Pre-Proposers Conference is scheduled for August 7, 2017, and more details will be posted shortly alongside this solicitation on NSPIRES. Appendix A Step-1 proposals are due September 5, 2017. Invited Appendix A Step-2 proposals are due November 28, 2017.
All categories of United States (U.S.) institutions are eligible to submit proposals in response to the NRA. Principal Investigators may collaborate with universities, Federal Government laboratories, the private sector, and state and local government laboratories. In all such arrangements, the applying entity is expected to be responsible for administering the project according to the management approach presented in the proposal. NASA’s policy is to conduct research with non-U.S. organizations on a cooperative, no exchange-of-funds basis.
This email is being sent on behalf of HRP and is intended as an information announcement to the research community related to the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD).
Thank you for your continued interest in NASA. Please refer to the solicitation document for contact information.

(Washington, DC) photo credit: NASA

On March 21, 2017, President Trump on Tuesday signed a bill authorizing funding for NASA while setting a new goal to send humans to Mars. The president signed the bill in the Oval Office flanked by authors and sponsors of the bill, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio(R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL). The law, PL 115-10, known as the NASA Transition Authorization Act, gives the space agency $19.5 billion in funding for fiscal year 2018. It also asks the agency to create a plan to send a “crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s.”Lawmakers also require NASA to create ways to "extend human presence, including potential human habitation on another celestial body and a thriving space economy in the 21st Century.NASA is receiving slightly more money than Trump requested in his 2018 budget blueprint. It included $19.1 billion for the agency, which would have been a modest funding cut. Also in the bill are several refernces to the International Space Station as a platform for discovery-based space life and phuysical science research. The bill also request NASA to develop an initial  ISS Transition plan in coordination with CASIS, the scientific user community and the commercial space sector. Click here for full text of Public Law 115-10

Photo Courtesy of NASA

photo courtesy of NASA

(Washington, DC) March 22 2017

Dr. Rob Ferl (University of Florida), former ASGSR president 2014-2015, testified on Capitol Hill, at the hearing entitled The ISS after 2024: Options and Impacts held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Click here for playback of hearing and Dr. Ferl’s written statement

House Space Subcommittee Hearing:The ISS after 2024: Options and Impacts

It is the policy of the United States to support full and complete utilization of the International Space Station through at least 2024. What happens to the ISS after that date remains an open question. The hearing will examine the range of choices facing our nation and the impacts of those various options.

Wintesses:

Mr. William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA

Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar, Executive Director, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration

Mr. Eric Stallmer, President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Dr. Robert Ferl, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, University of Florida

NASA and NSF Select 6 Proposals for Dusty Plasma Investigations

NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will fund 6 proposals to investigate dusty plasmas, a state of plasma that contains microparticles in addition to electrons, ions, and neutral gas. Four of the projects will be flight investigations that will be performed under microgravity conditions on the joint ESA (European Space Agency) and the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, Plasma Kristall-4 (PK-4, launched 29 Oct 2014) experimental facility on board the International Space Station. Two of the projects will be ground investigations related to the PK-4 experiments and potential follow-on microgravity experiments in the field of dusty plasma physics.

The Meatball at work for us!

NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results (source: NASA)

Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal. The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on NASA.gov reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data.

 “At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access to our extensive portfolio of scientific and technical publications,” said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman. “Through open access and innovation we invite the global community to join us in exploring Earth, air and space.”

NASA now requires articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings be publicly accessible via the agency’s PubSpace:

https://www.nihms.nih.gov/db/sub.cgi

PubSpace is an archive of original science journal articles produced by NASA-funded research and available online without a fee. The data will be available for download, reading and analysis within one year of publication.

While the agency always has made access to its research a high priority, the focus now is to make NASA science data more easily accessible via “one-stop shopping.” This increased public access is intended to accelerate the dissemination of fundamental research results to advance scientific knowledge and help ensure the nation's future prosperity.

The NASA-Funded Research Results portal is in response to a 2013 request from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, directing science-funding agencies to develop plans to increase access to the results of federally-funded research. NASA’s public access plan was developed in coordination with the science and technology research community across the agency. NASA will continue to consult with the scientific community, academic institutions, publishers and other federal agencies to implement this plan and increase access to research results.

 “Making our research data easier to access will greatly magnify the impact of our research,” said NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan. “As scientists and engineers, we work by building upon a foundation laid by others.”

For more information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/open/researchaccess