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NASA and NSBRI Solicitation for Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled, “Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions” (NRA NNJ12ZSA002N), has been released which jointly solicits ground-based, analog definition and flight definition proposals for the NASA Human Research Program (HRP) and the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). This NRA is available through the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at and then linking through the menu listings “Solicitations” to “Open Solicitations.” On the Open Solicitations page, select NNJ12ZSA002N from the list of Solicitations.

Proposals are solicited by NASA in the areas of Sensorimotor Impairment and Space Motion Sickness; Epidemiological Evidence of Spaceflight Induced Cardiovascular Disease; Computational Models of Cephalad Fluid Shifts; Spaceflight Biochemical Profile; Maintenance and Regulation of Team Function and Performance over Extended Durations; and Development of Safety and Efficiency Metrics for Human-Automation Systems. NASA is also soliciting investigations or technologies lasting no more than one year that provide innovative approaches to any of the defined risks contained in the Integrated Research Plan ( of the Human Research Program.

Proposals are solicited by NSBRI in the areas of Cardiovascular Alterations; Human Factors and Performance; Musculoskeletal Alterations; Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors; Sensorimotor Adaptation; and Smart Medical Systems and Technology.

Proposals responding to the NASA emphases and NSBRI emphases must be submitted separately, and will result in separate evaluations and awards. Step-1 proposals are due on September 4, 2012, and invited Step-2 proposals are due on December 3, 2012. Participation is open to all categories of organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies.

Proposals solicited through this NRA will use a two-step proposal process.  Only Step-1 proposers determined to be relevant with respect to the solicited research of this NRA will be invited to submit full Step-2 proposals. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Step-1 proposals to NASA may be submitted via the NASA Proposal data system NSPIRES ( or via ( Invited Step-2 proposals to NASA must be submitted via NSPIRES. Both Step-1 and Step-2 proposals to NSBRI must be submitted via NSPIRES.

ROSES-12 Amendment – Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Program

ROSES-12 Amendment 11: Final Text for ROSES-12 Appendix C.19, Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Program.

The Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Program supports the advanced development of spacecraft-based instruments that show promise for use in future planetary missions. The goal of the program is to develop and demonstrate planetary and astrobiology science instruments to the point where they may be proposed in response to future announcements of flight opportunity without additional extensive technology development (approximately TRL 6). The proposed instrument must address specific scientific objectives of likely future planetary science missions.

The MatISSE Program seeks proposals for development activities leading to instrument systems in support of the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) Planetary Science Division.  The objectives of the program are to develop new technologies that significantly improve instrument measurement capabilities for planetary science missions (such as Discovery, New Frontiers, Mars Exploration, and other planetary programs). It is the responsibility of the proposer to demonstrate how their proposed technology addresses significant scientific questions relevant to stated NASA goals and not for NASA to attempt to infer this.

This amendment presents final text for Appendix C.19, which replaces the previous version in its entirety. The name of this program has been changed from Astrobiology Science and Technology for Instrument Development, as it was at the time of release of ROSES in February 2012, to the Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration.

Notices of intent are requested by August 31, 2012, and proposals are due by October 31, 2012.

On or about July 30, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012” (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at and will appear on the RSS feed at:

On a related note, we regret to inform potential proposers that Appendixes C.16 and C.20, which were presented as placeholders on release of ROSES 2012 in mid-February, will not be solicited this year. However, we anticipate that they will be solicited in ROSES 2013 and draft text for Appendix C.16 is presented in ROSES 2012 as the Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO) Program.

SALMON 2 Amendment 1 – Release of Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer Instrument

With this amendment, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) is amended to establish a new Program Element Appendix (PEA) as Appendix K, JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) instrument investigations. This PEA solicits proposals for NASA-funded instrument investigations led by a U.S. Principal Investigator for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) JUICE mission. NASA SMD has offered to collaborate in this mission, providing not more than $100M total for three types of contributions: 1) NASA-funded instrument investigations led by a U.S. PI, 2) NASA-funded instrument component(s) provided to non-U.S.-led instrument(s), and 3) NASA-funded U.S. Co-Investigators (Co-Is) on non-U.S.-led instrument(s). NASA’s entire contribution consisting of the sum of all three types of contributions shall not exceed $100M (RY) for total life cycle costs. Within this budget cap, NASA expects to fund approximately two U.S.-led instrument investigations along with a number of NASA-funded instrument components and U.S. Co-Is on non-U.S.-led instruments. This Program Element Appendix (PEA) solicits proposals for the first type of contribution (NASA-funded instrument investigations led by a U.S. PI); parties interested in the latter two types of NASA contributions should respond to the ESA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) as members of a non-U.S.-led team.

Prospective investigators from any category of organizations or institutions, U.S or non-U.S., are welcome to respond to this solicitation. Specific categories of organizations and institutions that are welcome to respond include, but are not limited to, educational, industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.

This solicitation will be open from July 6, 2012, through September 24, 2012. Upon the release date, the full text of the AO and all appendices will be available electronically at (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH12ZDA006O”). A preproposal teleconference will be held approximately 3 weeks after the release date; details will be posted at when available.

ROSES-12 Amendment 10: Development and Testing of Potential Indicators For The National Climate Assessment

NASA is a major contributor to global climate and related environmental assessment activities, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Assessments and the World Meteorological Organization/United Nations Environment Programme (WMO/UNEP) Ozone Assessment Reports. NASA has made a similarly significant contribution to the U.S. National Climate Assessment (NCA), a central component of the 2012-2022 U.S. Global Change Research Program’s Strategic Plan, and intends to continue supporting the NCA.

Indicators are anticipated to be an important component of future NCAs. These indicators are intended to provide a clear and concise way of communicating to the NCA audiences about not only status and trends of physical drivers of the climate system, but also the ecological and socioeconomic impacts, vulnerabilities, and responses to those drivers. This ROSES element solicits contributions to enhance NASA’s participation in future NCAs by encouraging the developing and testing of potential indicators that address the needs expressed in the NCA vision for a national system of indicators and that largely draw from NASA-produced data and/or modeling products.

Notices of Intent are requested by August 3, 2012, and proposals are due by October 5, 2012

On or about July 2, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012” (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity home page at and will appear on the RSS feed at: .


Presenters Needed for 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference – Proposals Due Sept 6, 2012

2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference

Presenters Needed for 2013 Space Exploration Educators Conference. Proposals due by September 6, 2012.

The 19th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 7-9, 2013, at Space Center Houston. The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach all subjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event each year.

Conference organizers are looking for 170 interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessions must have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted. Proposals are due Sept. 6, 2012.

For more information, visit

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 or email

ROSES-12 Amendment 9: Airborne Instrument Technology Transition (AITT)

ROSES-12 Amendment 9: Final text for Appendix A.29, Airborne Instrument Technology Transition (AITT).

AITT seeks to upgrade mature instruments developed under NASA’s Instrument Incubator Program, or by similar NASA programs or activities, for operation from various platforms supported by the Airborne Science Program. This opportunity provides for engineering activities leading to the integration of instruments to airborne platforms that will deploy them as part of organized airborne science campaigns which typically involve multiple instruments and/or platforms. The goal is to upgrade existing operating instruments to campaign-ready airborne configuration(s). No funding is available for research and development of new instrumentation.

Proposals submitted to this announcement shall support the objectives of one or more of the Earth science Focus Areas. Earth science focus areas include: Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems, Climate Variability and Change, Water and Energy Cycle, Atmospheric Composition; Weather, and, Earth Surface and Interior (see Appendix A.1 for descriptions of the focus areas). Relevance to these focus areas is indicated by the degree to which instrument products (i.e. science and engineering data) support the goals and activities of existing and future field campaigns sponsored by the NASA Research and Analysis program; it may also be demonstrated by relevance to the goals and activities of NASA’s Applied Science Program. Examples of previous field campaigns can be found at the Airborne Science Website.

This Amendment presents the final text of Appendix A.29, AITT, which replaces the draft version in its entirety. Notices of Intent to propose are requested by July 23, 2012. Proposals are due on September 24, 2012.

On or about June 26, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012 (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity home page at and will appear on the RSS feed at: .

Questions concerning the Airborne Science Program may be addressed to Randy Albertson, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, P.O. Box 273, Edwards, CA 93523-0273. Telephone: (661) 276-7540; Email: Randal.T.Albertson (at)

For Earth Science Technology information contact Eduardo Torres-Martinez, Code 407, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771. Telephone: (301) 286-7166; email: Eduardo.Torres-Martinez-1 (at)

NASA point of contact for programmatic questions regarding this solicitation is Jared Entin, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Email: Jared.K.Entin (at); Telephone: 202-358-0275.

Call for Proposals – NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, in cooperation with NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate  (HEOMD), and Science Mission Directorates (SMD),  the Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), and NASA’s ten Centers, solicits proposals for the NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposal is expected to establish research activities that will make significant contributions to the strategic research and technology development priorities of one or more of the Mission Directorates or the OCT and contribute to the overall research infrastructure, science and technology capabilities, higher education, and economic development of the jurisdiction. If submitted, Notices of Intent are due on July 20, 2012 and proposals are due on August 14, 2012.

Public Law 102-588, passed in 1992, authorized NASA to initiate NASA EPSCoR to strengthen the research capability of jurisdictions that have not in the past participated equably in competitive aerospace research activities.  The goal of NASA EPSCoR is to provide seed funding that will enable jurisdictions to develop an academic research enterprise directed toward long-term, self-sustaining, nationally-competitive capabilities in aerospace and aerospace-related research.  This capability will, in turn, contribute to the jurisdiction’s economic viability and expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development.  Since its inception, NASA EPSCoR has been closely linked to the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant).

While proposals can be accepted only from institutions for which the NASA EPSCoR Directors are currently serving, all institutions of higher education within the jurisdiction should be given the opportunity and must be made aware of the FY 2012 NASA EPSCoR CAN.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) determines overall jurisdiction eligibility for NASA EPSCoR. Details regarding general eligibility are available at:

The following jurisdictions are eligible to submit up to two proposals to this NASA EPSCoR solicitation: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

South Carolina may submit up to three proposals, provided at least one of the proposals represents a project from the US Virgin Islands (which currently falls under South Carolina’s jurisdiction).


NASA Seeks Early Stage Innovations For Space Technologies From U.S. Universities – NOI Due June 21, 2012

NASA is seeking proposals from accredited U.S.universities focused on innovative, early-stage space technologies that will improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems.

Each of these technology areas requires dramatic improvements over existing capabilities for future science and human exploration missions. Early stage, or low technology readiness level (TRL) concepts, could mature into tools that solve the hard challenges facing future NASA missions. Researchers should propose unique, disruptive or transformational space technologies that address the specific topics described in this new solicitation.

“Both science and human deep space missions pose serious challenges that require new, innovative technological solutions,” said Space Technology Program Director Michael Gazarik at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Radiation, thermal management and optical systems were all identified in the National Research Council’s report on NASA Space Technology Roadmaps as priority research areas. This call seeks new ideas in these areas.”

Space radiation poses a known danger to the health of astronauts. NASA is seeking proposals in the area of active radiation shielding (such as “shields” of electromagnetic force fields surrounding a spacecraft to block incoming radiation) or new, multifunction materials that are superior to those that exist today are sought. NASA also is interested in new technologies for active monitoring and read-out of radiation levels astronauts receive during long space trips.

Current space technology for thermal management of fuels in space is limited. NASA is seeking early-stage technologies to improve ways spacecraft fuel tanks and in-space filling stations store cryogenic (very low temperature) propellants, such as hydrogen, over long periods of time and distances. NASA also is seeking novel, low-TRL heat rejection technologies which operate reliably and efficiently over a wide range of thermal conditions.

The next generation of lightweight mirrors and telescopes requires advanced optical systems. NASA is seeking advancement of early-stage active wavefront sensing and control system technologies that enable deployable, large aperture space-based observatories; technologies which enable cost-effective development of grazing-incidence optical systems; and novel techniques to focus and detect X-ray photons and other high-energy particles.

NASA expects to make approximately 10 awards this fall, based on the merit of proposals received. The awards will be made for one year, with an additional year of research possible. The typical annual award value is expected to be approximately $250,000. Second year funding will be contingent on the availability of appropriated funds and technical progress. Only accredited U.S. universities may submit proposals to this solicitation. Notices of intent are due by June 21, 2012, with proposals due July 12.

To view the Early Stage Innovation NASA Research Announcement and information for submitting proposals, visit:

The solicitation is a part of NASA’s Space Technology Program, managed by the Office of the Chief Technologist. For more information about the Space Technology Program and the crosscutting space technology areas of interest to NASA, visit:

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