INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH ANNOUNCEMENT FOR RESEARCH IN SPACE LIFE SCIENCES AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION – ILSRA-2014
The Directorate of Human Spaceflight and Operations, in coordination with ASI, CNES, DLR, NASA, CSA and JAXA has published an Announcement of Opportunity related to Life Science Research on the International Space Station:
Issued on Friday 28th February 2014
Announcement of Opportunity:
International Research Announcement for Research in Space Life Sciences at the International Space Station – ILSRA-2014
ISSUED on 28th February 2014
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The ISLRA-2014 is the latest in series of International Life Science Research Opportunities utilising the International Space Station (ISS) coordinated by the International Space Life Sciences Working Group (ISLSWG). The ISLSWG includes the space agencies of the USA (NASA), Europe (ESA), Japan (JAXA), Canada (CSA) and those European national space agencies (CNES of France, ASI of Italy and DLR of Germany).
Europe participates in the development and full exploitation of the International Space Station via the European Space Agency. The ISS assembly is now complete with emphasis on the full utilization of the ISS platform. As a result a wide range of facilities and equipment are available with 6-7 crew members operating the Space Station. European Scientists have had the opportunity to participate in research opportunities using the ISS and other research platforms since 2001 via the ELIPS programme (European Life and Physical Sciences in Space). Many of the completed and ongoing research projects in the Life Sciences have been selected in previous International Research Announcements of Opportunity. By the very nature of ESA’s ELIPS programme and owing also to coordination initiatives jointly with the International Partners to the ISS project (Russia, the United States, Canada and Japan) the vast majority of the projects that are implemented have a distinctive international dimension. This approach prevents the duplication of instruments and serves a larger scientific and industrial community. The level of effectiveness that could already be demonstrated has encouraged the ISS International Partners to promote the further development of international teams to propose projects and coordinate the implementation of selected projects between the ISS partners.
The ISLRA-2014 solicits research proposals utilising the ISS in the full range of Life Sciences Disciplines, including Human Physiology, Biology and Exobiology. The international nature of this research announcement encourages development of research projects across the ISS partnership, promoting high quality scientific investigations utilising the full capabilities of the ISS platform (see the Flight Experiments Information Package (FEIP) in the Download area).
Two types of flight experiments are currently solicited: (1) pre- and post-mission activities involving data collection prior to and upon return from space, and/or (2) on-orbit experiments that can be implemented on the ISS. Proposals must be compatible with the operational constraints and capabilities of the International Space Station. Details of the scope of the ISLRA-2014, supporting information on the ISS research capabilities for Life Science and how to submit applications can be found on the download section on the right hand side of this page.
In parallel, other ELIPS research activities, independent of the ISS, are also being pursued by means of separate calls. Details of these additional opportunities including continuously open and periodic dedicated research announcements can be found on the Human Spaceflight and Operations Research Portal.
Letters of Intent due: 28th March 2014
Proposal Workshop: 7th April 2014
Proposals due: 23rd May 2014
For Human Physiology:
Tel. +31 (71) 565 8609
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For Biology and Exobiology:
Tel. +31 (71) 565 4059
Fax: +31 (71) 565 3661