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ESA Sure Announcement of Opportunity
An Opportunity for Scientists and SMEs to use the International Space Station
ISSUED at 14:30 CET, Friday 18 November 2005
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Notice of Interest due: 20 February 2006
Proposals due: 15 April 2006
Review foreseen completed: 31 July 06
The Directorate for Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration of the European Space Agency (ESA) is pleased to announce the SURE Announcement of Opportunity for Scientists and SMEs to perform fundamental and applied research projects on board the International Space Station (ISS).
The SURE Announcement of Opportunity is an ESA initiative funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) within the "Structuring the Research Area, Research Infrastructures Action".
The SURE AO is opened to Scientists and SMEs from EU Member States and Associated States, with priority given to new EU Member States (Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia), and the two acceding ones (Romania and Bulgaria).
Scientists and SMEs have the opportunity to submit respectively a Scientific or an Industrial Proposal.
This approach gives for the first time the possibility to Scientists and SMEs from new EU Member States and the two acceding ones to benefit from financial support from the European Commission to perform research on board the ISS. It also gives for the first time to Scientists from the above Countries the possibility to act as User Group Leaders, being responsible for the various experiment activities, supervising them, and acting as the interface between ESA and the User Group Members.
The areas opened to research are preferably within the ESA ELIPS Research Cornerstones (Biology, Human Physiology, Exobiology, Fundamental Physics, Material Sciences, Fluid, Interface and Combustion Physics), as well as Emerging Disciplines (e.g. Nanotechnologies, Quantum Physics, Heat and Fluid Exchange, Fundamental Biology, Health, Food).