New Research Announcement Focused on Technology Development Applications Leveraging the International Space Station

Selected proposals may have the opportunity to launch projects utilizing the International Space Station National Laboratory

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., December 7, 2021 (CASIS PR) – A new research announcement was released today soliciting flight projects leveraging the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory to advance technology development applications. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS), manager of the ISS National Lab, seeks flight projects within the areas of applied research and development, translational medicine, technology readiness level maturation, and technology demonstration. As a public service enterprise, the ISS National Lab allows researchers to leverage this multiuser facility to improve quality of life on Earth, mature space-based business models, advance science literacy in the future workforce, and expand a sustainable and scalable market in low Earth orbit (LEO).

In fiscal year 2021, CASIS announced two separate technology development research announcements in an effort to further technology advancements through utilization of the ISS National Lab. Through this third technology development research announcement, investigators can propose projects that leverage the unique ISS environment to develop, test, or mature products and processes that have a demonstrated potential to produce near-term and positive direct or indirect economic impact.

CASIS will host a webinar for interested investigators on December 15, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. EST to discuss ISS facilities and capabilities associated with this research announcement. For those unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be made available to the research community through the research announcement webpage.

This research announcement will follow a two-step proposal submission process. Before being invited to submit a full proposal, all interested investigators must submit a Step 1: Concept Summary for review. Step 1: Concept Summaries must be submitted by end of day on February 14, 2022. Step 2: Full Proposals (from those invited to submit) will be due by end of day May 2, 2022.

Flight proposals selected via this research announcement may be awarded funding to enable mission integration and operations support for projects that will be implemented on the ISS. To learn more about this opportunity, including how to submit a Step 1: Concept Summary, please visit the research announcement webpage.

To learn more about the ISS National Lab and the science that it sponsors, please visit www.ISSNationalLab.org.

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About the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory: The International Space Station (ISS) is a one-of-a-kind laboratory that enables research and technology development not possible on Earth. As a public service enterprise, the ISS National Lab allows researchers to leverage this multiuser facility to improve life on Earth, mature space-based business models, advance science literacy in the future workforce, and expand a sustainable and scalable market in low Earth orbit. Through this orbiting national laboratory, research resources on the ISS are available to support non-NASA science, technology and education initiatives from U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) manages the ISS National Lab, under Cooperative Agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent microgravity research environment, a powerful vantage point in low Earth orbit, and the extreme and varied conditions of space. To learn more about the ISS National Lab, visit www.ISSNationalLab.org.