The purpose of this ISS National Lab Research Announcement (NLRA) is to solicit proposals to leverage the ISS for education and workforce development. This solicitation seeks projects to expand education programs, projects, or public-private partnerships that leverage the ISS or space-based research to engage K-12 students, enhance higher education, or expand online educational engagement via existing or new programming. In addition, all proposals must promote diversity, inclusion, and outreach into underrepresented demographics.
Concepts submitted in response to this announcement must specifically state how proposed initiatives will target and reach underrepresented demographics and must also address at least one of the following goals:
- Expand the content and impact of Space Station Explorers by developing digital engagement platforms to increase student and educator participation in existing or new partner programs, including online education products.
- Create higher education initiatives that deliver opportunities for students enrolled in U.S. colleges, universities, and vocational/technical schools to increase diversity, equality, and inclusion in space-based research, technology development, and the commercialization of low Earth orbit.
- Digitize space-based K-12 or higher education programming.
- Develop Career and Technical Education Industry Certifications (CTEs) that pertain to the preparation of students for space careers, or provide professional development for educators who will facilitate CTEs that prepare students for space careers.
This solicitation is open to U.S.-based institutions (academic, government, commercial, or nonprofit) with a vested interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development.
This research announcement will follow a two-step proposal submission process. Before being invited to submit a full proposal, all interested investigators must first complete and submit for review a Step 1: Concept Summary.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Step 1.1: Download NLRA 2023-5 and Required Step 1 Forms
- Step 1: Concept Summary Due Date: February 28, 2023
Step 1.2: Concept Summary Submission
Upload your Step 1: Concept Summary by pressing the “Click to Submit” button below. Please convert your document to a PDF prior to uploading.
Step 2.1: Download Step 2 Required Forms (Invitation Only)
CASIS will notify all offerors of the review results of their Step 1: Concept Summary.
Step 2.2: Full Proposal Submission
If you were invited to submit a Step 2: Full Proposal, upload your submission by pressing the “Click to Submit” button below. Please convert your document to a PDF prior to uploading.
Full proposals (for those invited to submit) are due May 3, 2023.
Thank you for your interest in conducting research leveraging the ISS National Lab! For questions regarding this research announcement, please contact info@ISSNationalLab.org and reference NLRA2023-5 in the subject line.
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