Status Report

International Space Station National Laboratory Education Project (ISS NLEP)

By SpaceRef Editor
February 9, 2012
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International Space Station National Laboratory Education Project (ISS NLEP)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of Education, NASA Higher Education Office in cooperation with the Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) Office of Education, invites proposals to seven (7) areas within the ISS National Lab Education Project’s (ISS NLEP) portfolio. Three (3) “General” categories open for proposals to include: 1) new ground-based educational activities/experiments not requiring ISS upmass, 2) new flight-based or on-orbit experiments that require ISS upmass capability; and 3) new educational experiments utilizing a facility that simulates the ISS microgravity environment.

The four (4) “Specific” areas open for proposals are: 1) flight experiments that can be conducted in “1 unit” (1U) NanoRacks payload modules onboard the ISS; 2) mission planning proposals to recommend an appropriate mission planning support for the Amateur Radio on ISS (ARISS) school contacts program using appropriate software and hardware; 3) proposals to provide engineering/project management support for the High Schools United with NASA for the Creation of Hardware (HUNCH) project; and 4) proposals will be solicited to develop new applications for the ISSLive! Internet educational experience using existing real-time ISS telemetry.

Proposals will be accepted from higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations, or consortia of organizations and institutions serving higher education. Institutions may only submit two (2) proposals total to the categories in this solicitation. Each funded proposal is expected to address innovative, meaningful, and enduring research and technology development activities that utilize the unique microgravity environment of the ISS in a STEM-related context.

This announcement is accessible through NSPIRES and through To access through NSPIRES, go to and click on Solicitations. To access through, go to and select the link for NASA.


The point-of-contact for technical and programmatic inquiries is:

Dr. Regina B. Blue
Technical Officer
(281) 483-4229

Inquiries regarding the submission of proposal materials should be addressed in writing to:

Tamra K. Ross
ISS NLEP Solicitation Support

Inquiries should be submitted within 10 calendar days of the release date in order that answers may be obtained and disseminated in a timely manner. Questions and responses will be posted on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) web site at

SpaceRef staff editor.