Do You Have An Idea That Will Keep Astronauts Healthy During Space Exploration Missions?

National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) logo.  Image Credit: PRNewsFoto/National Space Biomedical Research Institute

National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) logo. Image Credit: PRNewsFoto/National Space Biomedical Research Institute

August 3, 2015 – The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is looking for ideas that will keep astronauts healthy during space exploration missions. These discoveries will not only enable safe and productive human spaceflight, but will also have the potential to improve life on Earth.

The Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) announcement entitled “Research and Technology Development to Support Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions” was released jointly with NASA’s Human Research Program on July 31, 2015.

NSBRI is seeking research proposals of one year in duration to strengthen the project portfolios of its Human Factors and Performance, Musculoskeletal Alterations, Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors, Radiation Effects, and Smart Medical Systems & Technology research teams. Research topics include testing potential countermeasures to mitigate the effects of ionizing radiation, which is the number one risk to astronaut health during future long duration exploration missions beyond low Earth orbit. The specific research topics are:

Human Factors and Performance

  • Operationalize Customized Refresher and Just-In-Time Training Products for Deep Space, Long Duration Spaceflight Crews

  • Musculoskeletal Alterations

  • Customize, Refine, and Test Existing Exercise Software Product(s) to Optimize Astronaut Motivation for Exercise During Deep Space Exploration Missions

  • Neurobehavioral and Psychosocial Factors

  • Integrate Multiple Unobtrusive Technologies to Increase the Sensitivity and Specificity of Monitoring Psychosocial Well-Being and Alertness Levels in Astronaut-Like Subjects

  • Radiation Effects

  • Protect Healthy-Tissues from Ionizing Radiation by Accelerating the Testing of Potential Countermeasures in Human Clinical Research Trials

  • Smart Medical Systems and Technology

  • Employing a Suitable Ground Analog Environment, Develop and Test an Ultrasound Phantom or Surrogate Testing Capabilities to Enhance the Utility of Therapeutic Ultrasound

  • This NSBRI research announcement (NRA) may be viewed at under the Funding Opportunities menu, within the Current Announcements section. The NRA is also available via the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at by navigating through the menu listings “Solicitations” to “Open Solicitations.” On the Open Solicitations page, researchers should select “NNJ15ZSA001N” from the list of solicitations and then choose “Appendix B.”

    Proposals solicited in response to this NSBRI research announcement will follow a two-step review process. Only Step-1 proposers determined to have proposed work that is relevant to the specific topics solicited by this research announcement will be invited to submit full Step-2 proposals. Step-1 proposals are due on September 4, 2015, and invited Step-2 proposals are due on November 23, 2015. Participation is open to all categories of U.S. based organizations, including educational institutions, industry, non-profit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies. Both Step-1 and Step-2 proposals must be submitted electronically via NSPIRES.