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New NASA Specialized Centers of Research (NSCORs) in Space Radiation Released Today

By SpaceRef Editor
May 15, 2015
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC) has released NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNJ14ZSA001N-NSCOR, entitled “NASA Specialized Centers of Research (NSCORs) for Ground-Based Studies Assessing Cancer Risks from Space Radiation and the Impact of Individual Susceptibility.” An NSCOR consists of a team of investigators who have complementary skills and who work together to answer a closely focused set of research questions with the goal of achieving overall research progress that is greater than the sum of the progress achievable by each project individually. The home laboratories of NSCOR team members may be geographically contiguous or dispersed, as long as the team members have a mechanism for working together. The research will be conducted using the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (NSRL), a ground-based irradiation facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory, in Upton, NY. This response area is Appendix F of the Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) NRA (NNJ14ZSA001N).

The full text of the solicitation appendix is available on the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at

Step-1 proposals are due June 15, 2015. Invited Step-2 proposals are due September 10, 2015. 

Potential applicants are urged to access this site well in advance of the proposal due date to familiarize themselves with its structure and to register in the system. Proposals solicited through this NRA will use a two-step proposal process. Only Step-1 proposers determined to be relevant with respect to the Research Emphases outlined in Section(I)(G) of this NRA will be invited to submit full Step-2 proposals. Step-2 proposals must be compliant with respect to all sections of this NRA or they will be declined without review. Proposals must be submitted electronically.

All categories of United States (U.S.) institutions are eligible to submit proposals in response to the NRA. Principal Investigators may collaborate with universities, Federal Government laboratories, the private sector, and state and local government laboratories. In all such arrangements, the applying entity is expected to be responsible for administering the project according to the management approach presented in the proposal. NASA’s policy is to conduct research with non-U.S. organizations on a cooperative, no exchange-of-funds basis.

This email is being sent on behalf of and is intended as an information announcement to researchers associated with the NASA Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) and the Human Research Program (HRP). Thank you for your continued interest in NASA.  Please reference the above solicitation for contact information. 



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