The International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory supports investigations across a broad spectrum of basic and applied research. As manager of this research platform, CASIS welcomes proposals for research and technology development at any time. Moreover, CASIS occasionally provides grant opportunities in the life, physical, materials, and observational sciences, and in technology development and testing. Find information about some selected priority research areas and formally issued opportunities below. For information on the proposal submission process, click here.
Current Priority Research Areas
While continuing to support projects across many scientific disciplines, CASIS has ramped up targeted efforts in our first two R&D campaigns: using the ISS to observe Earth (Campaign Good Earth) and to improve human health (Campaign Good Health). All project ideas are welcome, and CASIS and the ISS National Lab continue to support a breadth of research outside these priority areas, but current outreach is highly focused on these campaigns.
For information on other research areas enabled by the space environment, visit our “Research on Station” section, and for an archive of previous funding opportunities, visit http://www.iss-casis.org/Opportunities/Solicitations.aspx.
Campaign Good Earth
CAMPAIGN GOOD EARTH will broaden the use of the ISS for imaging Earth by supporting projects that could substantively affect our world—for example, through humanitarian relief, disaster recovery, or commercial market growth. CASIS will use its relationships with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, the National Geographic Society, NASA, USAID, and other commercial players, to facilitate efforts to launch next-generation sensors to the ISS while promoting the use of existing and commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware.
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Campaign Good Health
CAMPAIGN GOOD HEALTH will use the ISS to study human wellness— not only to develop disease treatments but also to improve understanding of individual variations that contribute to overall health. More than half of children born today will probably live to be over 100, so to ensure future quality of life we must shift our focus from merely treating illness to actively promoting wellness. Because the stress of spaceflight in many ways mimics the effects of terrestrial disease and aging, the ISS offers a powerful platform to accelerate our understanding of wellness on Earth.
Many CASIS-sponsored projects already fall within one of these campaigns (see our Project Pipeline). Moving forward, we hope to attract additional projects, cultivate collaborations within these areas, and promote the fusion of great minds, organizations, and resources from the academic, commercial, and nonprofit sectors. The success of these and other high-profile efforts to increase ISS utilization and provide tangible outcomes to people on Earth will benefit the ISS National Lab’s future as a centerpiece of low Earth orbit commercialization.
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