The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit project concepts that propose use of the ISS National Laboratory to advance studies in the field of molecular crystal growth, from investigators associated with any U.S.-based institution (academic, government, commercial, or nonprofit). This RFP seeks applications that propose use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware to study protein targets of interest or nonbiological materials as part of one of the following project types:
- Rapid-turnaround payloads.
- Use of ISS crew members to perform real-time crystallization.
Proposals should seek to utilize the microgravity environment to improve the quality and/or yield of molecular crystals and to establish the benefits of space science for understanding and applying crystallization methods.
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.
DOWNLOAD RFP 2019-4 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 (Active)
- Submission Period B: 01/15/2020
- Submission Period C: 05/01/2020
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Step 1 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 Full Proposal Submission
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 - 01/06/2019
- Submission Period B: 01/15/2020 - 04/15/2020
- Submission Period C: 05/01/2020 - 08/01/2020
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 [email protected].
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