Daily Archives: October 11, 2011

NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Cooperative Agreement Notice (NNH12ZDA002C) soliciting new institutional members to the NASA Astrobiology Institute

On October 11, 2011, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is releasing a Cooperative Agreement Notice (NNH12ZDA002C) soliciting new institutional members to the NASA Astrobiology Institute.  NASA announces, through the release of this Cooperative Agreement Notice, an opportunity for the submission of team-based proposals for membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

Proposers will be required to clearly articulate an innovative, interdisciplinary, astrobiology research program, together with plans to advance the full scope of NAI objectives as defined in the Institute’s Mission Statement ( http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/nai/about/#mission).  NASA is seeking both proposals responding to the long-term goals and objectives given in the Astrobiology Roadmap ( http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/roadmap/) and proposals focused on ensuring that the astrobiology science portfolio is prepared to respond to the challenge of planning and implementing these missions.  Accordingly, proposals that place emphasis on research that will help prepare for current or future flight programs directed at astrobiological targets are encouraged.  It is anticipated that $6-8M will be available for this selection in the first award year, leading to the award of approximately 4-5 Cooperative Agreements, each of 5 years duration.

Participation in this solicitation is open to all categories of organizations, domestic and non-U.S., including industry, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies.  Upon its release date, this Cooperative Agreement Notice will be available electronically from http://nspires.nasaprs.com/  (select “Solicitations” then select “Open Solicitations” then select “NNH12ZDA002C”).

Notices of Intent (NOIs) are due November 21, 2011, and proposals are due January 31, 2012.

Additional information on the NASA Astrobiology Institute may be obtained from: Dr. Carl Pilcher, Director, NASA Astrobiology Insitute, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035; Telephone: (650) 604-0022; E-mail: can6@nasa.gov. Additional information on this Notice and the overall NASA Astrobiology Program may be obtained from: Dr. Mary Voytek, Senior Scientist for Astrobiology, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546; Telephone: (202) 358-1577; E-mail: mary.voytek-1@nasa.gov.

YouTube Space Lab Student Competition – Deadline December 7, 2011

Space Adventures Partners with NASA, ESA, and JAXA to launch YouTube Space Lab Student YouTube Space Lab Space Competition

The YouTube Space Lab is a worldwide initiative, sponsored by Lenovo that challenges 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space. The two winning experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and live streamed on YouTube.
Learn more

YouTube Space Lab Competition Summary

  • Open to students 14-18 years old
  • Teams up to 3 people
  • Closing date for submissions is December 7
  • Two minute video of idea submitted through YouTube


  • Two winning experiments will be conducted aboard the International Space Station and live streamed on YouTube
  • Six regional finalists win a ZERO-G Experience
  • Two winning teams receive either a trip to see their experiment launch into space; or a one-of-a-kind astronaut training experience in Star City, Russia (once they turn 18)

Visit the Space Lab YouTube channel for more information: http://www.youtube.com/spacelab

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