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NASA Call For White Papers For In Space Production Applications

By Keith Cowing
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March 16, 2023
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NASA Call For White Papers For In Space Production Applications
In Space Production Applications (InSPA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is announcing an opportunity for U.S. entities seeking to develop and demonstrate In Space Production Applications (InSPA) on the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab (NL).

This opportunity is made available through the ISS NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNJ13BG001N, Special Focus Area 1 “In Space Production Applications (InSPA).” This notice is for InSPA Phase 1 concepts in the area of Tissue Engineering and Biomanufacturing, with a special interest in cancer therapies. NASA requests the submission of white papers followed by proposals (by invitation only) that focus on applications that use space to serve markets on Earth.

Proposals should demonstrate the potential of space to produce superior biomaterials and products over what can be achieved on Earth for important terrestrial applications.

The final amendment to Special Focus Area 1 has been published to NSPIRES here: Research Opportunities for ISS Utilization NRA March 2023_03.10.2023.pdf ( and announcements are posted here:

The white paper due date is April 7, 2023.

Note that a second call is expected.

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