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NASA Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) Released

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled, “Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO)” (80JSC017N0001), has been released. This NRA will solicit applied research in support of NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP). This NRA is available through the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at: https://tinyurl.com/NASA-HERO-2017.

The research will fall into one or more categories corresponding to HRP’s five Elements: Space Radiation, Human Health Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Human Factors and Behavioral Performance, and International Space Station Medical Projects. This NRA covers all aspects of research to provide human health and performance countermeasures, knowledge, technologies, and tools to enable safe, reliable, and productive human space exploration.

Awards generally range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of scientific hardware) and will be made as grants. The funds available for awards in each research opportunity offered in this NRA range from less than one million to several million dollars. This range allows selection from a few to as many as a dozen proposals depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. The period of performance for an award can range from one to five years. All categories of United States (U.S.) institutions are eligible to submit proposals in response to this NRA. Any changes or modifications to any of these guidelines will be specified in the descriptions of the relevant research opportunities in the solicited research response area appendices of this solicitation.

Details of the topics will be given in the solicited research response area appendices of the NRA. All appendices will use a two-step solicitation process requiring that a compliant and relevant Step-1 proposal be submitted in order to be considered to be invited to submit a Step-2 proposal. Proposal due dates will be staggered throughout the HERO open period of July 31, 2017 to July 2018. The first proposal due date (for Step-1 proposals submitted in response to Appendices A and B) is September 5, 2017. The electronic submission of each is required by the due date for proposal submission.

Proposal due dates are given in the NRA and the solicited research response area appendices, which will be posted at http://nspires.nasaprs.com Interested proposers should monitor http://nspires.nasaprs.com or register and subscribe to the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) electronic notifications system through the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) account subscription services. New program elements or amendments to this NRA through July 2018 will be posted in NSPIRES, after which time release of a subsequent HERO NRA is planned.

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.

Thank you for your continued interest in NASA. Please refer to the solicitation document for contact information.



The Ken Souza Memorial Student Spaceflight Research Program honors the memory of ASGSR’s long-time friend and leader and space biology pioneer by encouraging the next generation of student investigators to develop their own ideas for the future of gravitational research. 

ASGSR and Blue Origin are pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Ken Souza Memorial Research Competition. The winning proposal is "Effect of Longitudinal Oscillations on Flame Spread in Microgravity", a team led by students from Strongsville HS and Hawken HS in Ohio and mentored by  Dr. Vedha Nayagam from Case Western Reserve University. The student research is a combustion experiment based on work conducted at NASA GLenn Research Center. 

The winning proposal receives a free spaceflight on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket in 2017 and an $1,000 grant to prepare and develop your experiment for your flight.

Thanks to all who submitted proposals in life and physical science research. We continue to take contributions for this student program. 100% of the contributions go towards the student program. 

Click here to contribute to the Ken Souza Memorial Spaceflight Competition

Applications for the 2017 competition are being accepted until September 1st.

Click here for application information


DRAFT NASA Research Announcement (NRA) “Solicitation of Proposals for possible inclusion in the Russian Bion-M2 Mission”

NASA requests your comments on the scope and content of this DRAFT solicitation entitled “Solicitation of Proposals for possible inclusion in the Russian Bion-M2 Mission”. This solicitation may be released in the future as an Appendix to the NASA Omnibus Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space Biology (ROSBio)–2016”.

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This DRAFT solicitation can be found at: http://nspires.nasaprs.com/and linking through the menu listings "Solicitations" to "Open Solicitations" or by clicking on the following link:http://tinyurl.com/DRAFTROSBioBionM2.  NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CALL FOR PROPOSALS, and there is no funding associated with this DRAFT NRA.

Comments to this draft research announcement must be submitted by email to NASA-spacebiology@mail.nasa.gov, and received by 05/09/2017.  Please include in the subject heading the words “Bion M2 solicitation NNH17ZTT004J”.  Please ensure that all email submissions have the appropriate subject headings to facilitate their proper review and consideration.  Also, pleaseinclude the page number of the solicitation document for each of your comments.  When appropriate, NASA will respond to submissions by email, however, not all submissions may receive a response.

Questions regarding these instructions or this draft solicitation may also be addressed to NASA-spacebiology@mail.nasa.gov, with your e-mail subject heading “Question regarding NNH17ZTT004J”.

(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

Deadline for ABSTRACTS has now been extended to April 10!  

The American Astronautical Society, NASA, and CASIS are now accepting technical paper abstracts for the 2017 International Space Station (ISS) Research & Development (R&D) Conference. We invite you to share your depth of knowledge, experiences, and thought leadership while demonstrating Innovation Beyond Boundaries at the sixth annual ISS R&D Conference, July 17-20, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

Entrepreneurial, commercial, academic, and government agency attendees will gather from around the globe to gain insight and develop strategies to utilize the ISS U.S. National Laboratory for microgravity research, technology development, and remote sensing. In addition to its cutting-edge capabilities, the ISS is a stepping stone for further exploration, new business models, and new platforms for space research.

Help us deliver an agenda that inspires groundbreaking innovation with tangible benefit to life on Earth. Accepted abstracts will be selected for parallel technical sessions or poster displays in the following topics. 

  • Biology and Medicine
  • Human Health in Space
  • Commercialization and Nongovernment Utilization
  • Physical Sciences and Materials Development
  • Plant Science
  • Earth Science and Remote Sensing
  • Finances
  • Technology Development and Demonstration
  • STEM Education

Download the Call for Papers prospectus, or submit an abstract today. The submission deadline is April 10, 2017.

For more information, visit ISS R&D Conference 2017.