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NASA; Two Weeks Remaining for Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH) Applications

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2022

There are 2 weeks left to apply for the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH) solicitation. 

 

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine, with consortium partners California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is seeking scientific proposals for disruptive technologies, therapies, and/or approaches to protecting astronaut health through enhancing pre-existing internal cellular repair functions.

 

The Institute’s Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH) solicitation invests in emerging science with potential to reduce risks to human health and performance during future Artemis missions and beyond. Deep space exploration comes with multiple physiological and psychological stressors for astronauts including increased radiation exposure, gravity changes, isolation and confinement, and an omnipresent hostile/dangerous environment. These stressors negatively impact health, through tissue degradation, DNA damage, cell death, neurological changes, and more. The BRASH solicitation seeks ways to reduce multiple crew health risks while enhancing the body’s ability to control endogenous repair and maintenance processes to support optimal organ, tissue, and cell function for astronauts.

 

“TRISH is committed to finding new approaches to increase endogenous repair. This is needed to safeguard health in the extremes of space, and has applications for Earth, through improvements to cellular repair, healing, or normal wear-and-tear that occurs with physical and mental challenges as well as aging,” said Dorit Donoviel, TRISH’s Executive Director. 

 

The solicitation is available online here and is composed of two phases. Step-1 proposals are due January 26, 2022 by 5 p.m. EST. Step-2 proposals from selected investigations will be due April 19, 2022 by 5 p.m. EST. Selections will be announced in October 2022.

 

TRISH encourages diverse candidates and underrepresented groups to participate in this research solicitation. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and small businesses and organizations owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals or women are particularly encouraged to participate in proposals as lead institution or co-institutions.

 

Personnel employed by United States-based institutions or companies may apply. Please see the solicitation for more information on eligibility.

 

As a partner to NASA’s Human Research Program, TRISH helps solve the health challenges to human deep space exploration. The institute finds and funds disruptive, breakthrough research and technologies that can reduce risks to astronaut health and performance to help put the first woman and first person of color on the Moon and human boot prints on Mars. Learn more about TRISH by signing up for its monthly newsletter and following the Institute on social media @BCMSpaceHealth.

 

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