NASA Selects 29 Proposals for Space Biology Research

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2018

NASA's Space Biology Program will award 29 grants to applicants who submitted proposals for both ground-based and flight research investigations that will increase NASA’s understanding of how living systems acclimate to spaceflight to support human space exploration and promote scientific discovery.
Investigators were invited to submit proposals for NASA Research Announcement NNH16ZTT001N-FG “Appendix G: Solicitation of Proposals for Flight and Ground Space Biology Research” that addressed one of the following four research emphases: Microbiomes of the Built Environment (MoBE) in Space, Plant Biology, Animal Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Awards will be made to the following 28 investigators from 20 institutions in 12 states; one investigator is leading two different studies. Fifteen of these awards are to investigators who are new to the Space Biology Program. When fully implemented, a total of  approximately $9.3 million will be awarded in fiscal years 2019-2022. These projects will use bacteria, rodents, mammalian cell culture systems, and plants to study how spaceflight and spaceflight-like conditions affect biological systems.
In addition to providing funding opportunities to both individual principal investigators as well as investigator teams for flight and ground-based projects, these awards provide funding opportunities for postdoctoral fellows, new investigations, and for investigations that use the GeneLab Database.
More information on the selections, including the names of the awardees, can be found at:
The Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications Division in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington manages the Space Biology Program.

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