The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit project concepts that propose use of the ISS National Laboratory for investigations in the field of advanced materials science and engineering from investigators associated with any U.S.-based institution (academic, government, commercial, or nonprofit). Concepts may include flight experiments within or on the exterior of the ISS that:
- Enable the development of next-generation production methods.
- Improve understanding of mechanisms involved in material transformations.
- Advance fundamental materials discovery, design, synthesis, and characterization.
- Test processes, strategies, and manufacturing methods for the creation of novel design and synthesis pathways.
This RFP 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.
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Step 1.1: Download RFP 2019-2 and Required Step 1 Forms
Please complete the form below and press the "download" button to receive the RFP document and required Step 1 forms.
Concept Summaries may be submitted and will be received, evaluated, and potentially approved continuously during the RFP open period. Periodic Concept Summary submission cutoff dates (noted below) will be solely established and announced by the ISS National Laboratory, and any concept summaries accepted prior to the published cutoff date will be invited to submit full proposals.
Concept Summary submission cutoff dates:
- Submission Period A: 09/30/2019
- Submission Period B: 01/15/2020 (Active)
- Submission Period C: 05/01/2020
Step 1.2: Concept Summary Submission
To upload and submit a Step 1 Concept Summary, press the "Click to Submit" button below. Please convert your document to a PDF prior to uploading.
Please note: You will not receive confirmation of receipt of your Concept Summary.
Step 2.1: Download Step 2 Required Forms (Invitation Only)
Only those who submitted and received a favorable review from a Step 1 Concept Summary will be invited to submit a Step 2 Full Proposal.
The ISS National Laboratory will notify all offerors of the review results of their Step 1 Concept Summary.
Full proposal development periods for invited Step 2 Full Proposals:
- Submission Period A: 09/30/2019 - 01/27/2020 (Active)
- Submission Period B: 01/15/2020 - 04/15/2020
- Submission Period C: 05/01/2020 - 08/03/2020
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.
Thank you for your interest in conducting research on the ISS National Laboratory! For questions regarding this solicitation, please contact info@ISSNationalLab.org.
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