Research opportunity for education and workplace development

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (FL) December 12, 2022 – The National Laboratory of the International Space Station (ISS) is requesting research focused on using the ISS for education and training for space-oriented careers. This ISS National Lab Research Announcement (NLRA) is open to US-based institutions (academic, commercial, governmental, or nonprofit) with a vested interest in human resource development and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

This research announcement has provided up to $600,000 in total funding for seven to nine selected projects. Proposals must aim to expand educational programs, projects, or public-private partnerships that use the ISS for space-based research to include K-12 students, enhance higher education, or expand online educational engagement through existing or new programs. Additionally, all proposals must promote diversity, inclusion and outreach in underrepresented demographics.

Concepts submitted in response to this announcement must explicitly state how the proposed initiatives target and reach underrepresented demographics, and must also address at least one of the following goals:

  • Expand the content and impact of Space Station Explorers by developing digital engagement platforms to increase student and educator participation in existing or new partner programs, including online educational products.
  • Create higher education initiatives that provide opportunities for students enrolled in US colleges, universities, and vocational schools to increase diversity, equality, and inclusion in space-based research, technology development, and commercialization of the low Earth orbit.
  • Digitize space-based K-12 or college programs.
  • Develop Professional and Technical Education (CTEs) certifications related to preparing students for space careers, or provide teachers with professional development enabling CTEs that prepare students for space careers.
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Proposals for flight projects must include an explanation of how the scientific objectives will benefit from being conducted in space and why the proposed investigation can only be conducted in space. For example, a project previously awarded by this NLRA brought two Mattel Barbie dolls to the ISS to inspire young girls to pursue STEM careers. As part of the project, Mattel captured video footage of the Barbie dolls on the station for use in an episode of its You Can Be Anything YouTube series.

The ISS National Lab will host an informational webinar for this call on January 5, 2023 at 10:00 am ET. Through the webinar, educational institutions, organizations, and companies interested in human resource development can review the goals of the research announcement, discuss space station-related educational opportunities, and ask questions. To register, please visit the webinar registration page.

This research announcement follows a two-stage proposal submission process. Before being asked to submit a full proposal, all interested investigators must submit a Step 1: Concept Summary for review. Step 1: Concept abstracts must be submitted by the end of February 28, 2023. Step 2: Complete proposals (from those invited to submit) are due by the end of the day May 3, 2023.

To learn more about this opportunity, including how to submit a Step 1: Concept Summary, please visit the Research Announcements webpage. To learn more about the ISS National Lab and the science it sponsors, please visit www.ISSNationalLab.org.

Media contact:
Patrick O’Neill
904-806-0035
[email protected]

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About the National Laboratory of the International Space Station (ISS): The International Space Station (ISS) is a unique laboratory that enables research and technology development not possible on Earth. As a public service company, the ISS National Lab enables researchers to use this multi-user facility to improve life on Earth, mature space-based business models, advance the science literacy of the future workforce, and expand a sustainable and scalable low-Earth orbit market. Through this orbiting national laboratory, research resources are available on the ISS to support non-NASA science, technology, and education initiatives by US government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) manages the ISS National Lab under a collaborative agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent microgravity research environment, a powerful low Earth orbit lookout point, and the extreme and diverse space conditions. To learn more about the ISS National Lab, visit www.ISSNationalLab.org.

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