Welcome to the NSF/CASIS Feasibility Review Form. The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory is managed by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (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
The deadline for Feasibility Review Form submissions has passed. The ISS National Lab will respond with the status of the review within four weeks after submission of the form.
Offerors should consult with the ISS National Lab Operations team (NSFCASIS@ISSNationalLab.org) for feedback regarding feasibility and compliance with flight requirements and capabilities.
All interested offerors must complete and upload a Feasibility Review Form. Download the Feasibility Review Form here. This form will be reviewed to assess the proposed project’s 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.
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 has closed.
Offerors who submit Feasibility Review Forms that pass 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.
A Statement of Work (SOW) from the offeror’s selected Implementation Partner must be included as an appendix to the full proposal. Requests for funding to support implementation costs for this solicitation are capped at $450,000.
For more information on the full proposal, please see NSF Solicitation 22-535.
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 this 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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Please see below our webinar from NSF 21-520. Please note for NSF 22-535 there are two main revisions from NSF 21-520.
Revisions from NSF 21-520:
Clarified requirements for PI, co-PI, Senior Personnel, and Active Awardee participation in proposals. These instructions can be found under Eligibility Information (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22535/nsf22535.htm).
Added requirement for additional supplementary documents, including a 3-page implementation partner statement of work, to be included with proposal. Instructions are provided under Full Proposal Preparation Instructions, Instructions that supplement the guidance of the PAPPG and NSF Grants.gov Application Guide (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22535/nsf22535.htm).
For a list of Implementation Partners that support research projects on the ISS, please see below. An expanded listing of flight hardware and research facilities for support of life science investigations on the ISS provided by NASA can be found at Space Station Research Facilities.
Aerospace Applications North America
Aerospace Applications North America Informational Presentation
Vergel Romero, ICE Cubes – US Manager
BioServe Space Technologies
Bioserve Space Technologies Informational Presentation
Stefanie Countryman, MBA, Associate Director
Rhodium Scientific, LLC
Rhodium Scientific, LLC Informational Presentation
Heath Mills, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer