Welcome to the NSF/CASIS Feasibility Review Form. The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory is managed by the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), under a cooperative agreement with NASA.
The Divisions of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) and Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Infrastructure (CMMI) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) are partnering with CASIS to solicit projects in the general fields of tissue engineering and mechanobiology for research that can utilize the ISS National Lab to benefit life on Earth. Only U.S. entities including academic investigators, nonprofit independent research laboratories, and commercial teams are eligible to apply.
The purpose of this solicitation is to attract proposals that make use of the ISS National Lab for flight research projects in the field of biomedical engineering. Responsive proposals will describe how the proposed research will utilize the ISS National Lab to develop novel ideas into discovery-level and transformative projects that integrate engineering and life sciences.
The two-step process below provides potential offerors with an easy, efficient submission process.
ISS National Lab Feasibility Review Form Submissions
Feasibility Review Form submissions are due January 10, 2020. The ISS National Lab will respond with the status of the review within 3 weeks after submission of the form.
All interested investigators must complete and upload a Feasibility Review Form. Click here to download the Feasibility Review Form. This form will be reviewed for operational feasibility and terrestrial benefit. We strongly encourage submission of the Feasibility Review Form as early as possible. Offerors should consult with the ISS National Lab Operations team (NSFCASIS@ISSNationalLab.org) for feedback regarding feasibility and compliance with flight requirements and capabilities.
To upload and submit a Feasibility Review Form, 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 Feasibility Review Form.
NSF Full Proposal Submissions
The submission window for full proposals closes on March 2, 2020.
Offerors who have submitted Feasibility Review Forms that passed initial review will be invited to submit a full proposal for evaluation by NSF. Documentation from the ISS National Lab confirming approval to submit a proposal must be provided when full proposals are submitted to FastLane or Grants.gov.
For information on the full proposal please see NSF 20-500
Flight Hardware Information
For a list of Implementation Partners with available hardware to support projects on the ISS, please see the ISS Implementation Partner Directory. An expanded listing of flight hardware and research facilities for support of life science investigations on the ISS is provided by NASA (Space Station Research Facilities).
Offerors are strongly encouraged to use existing flight hardware and facilities rather than proposing to develop new platforms. The ISS National Lab Operations team (NSFCASIS@ISSNationalLab.org) can answer questions regarding facility availability and capabilities.
Offerors are also encouraged to work with an Implementation Partner—a commercial service provider experienced in payload development and integration. Implementation Partners can be a key ally to support and facilitate translation of ground-based research to flight experiments, and many ISS National Lab facilities are owned and/or operated by Implementation Partners. For more information about Implementation Partners, go here.
Awardees under this solicitation will need to execute a User Agreement with the ISS National Lab in order to conduct research on the ISS. A template agreement has been developed to streamline the process.
We thank you for your interest in conducting research on the ISS National Lab! For general questions regarding this solicitation, contact us at info@ISSNationalLab.org.
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