Saturday, August 27, 2011

NSBRI & NASA Soliciting Proposals

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) and NASA’s Human Research Program are both soliciting proposals for their “Research and Technology Development for Crew Health and Performance in Space Exploration Missions” project.

The research proposal issued by NSBRI contains one category that focuses on “Smart Medical Systems and Technology”. The proposals in this category will need to address:

• Ways to refine and implement techniques to non-invasively assess intracranial pressure in harsh remote environments such as space

• Developing diagnostic training models, and just-in-time medical care procedures using ultrasound and other modalities to facilitate autonomous healthcare by non-experts in remote extreme environments

• Ways to refine near-infrared spectroscopy technologies as part of an integrated medical system to noninvasively assess health including brain function in resource-constrained environments

Go to for more information on Smart Medical Systems.

Other NSBRI research interests concern human factors and performance, musculoskeletal alterations, neurobehavioral and psychosocial factors, and sensorimotor adaptation.

NASA’s Human Research Program is soliciting proposals in the areas of Visual Acuity and Ocular Structure and Function: Fluid Distribution, Team Social, Technical, and Task Roles, and the Effects of Constrained Asynchronous Communication on Operational Tasks

Proposals will be accepted from all education institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other government agencies.

The solicitation document released August 25th is available at or through the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at If you go to the NASA research homepage, the next step is go to “Solicitation” then to “Open Solicitations”. On the “Open Solicitations” page, select NNJ11ZSA002N from the list of solicitations.

Proposals submitted must use a two-step proposal process. Only Step-1 proposals determined to be relevant to the needed research will be invited to submit full Step-2 proposals. Step-1 proposals are due September 22, 2011 and invited Step-2 proposals are due December 19, 2011 with the award to be announced April 2012.

Funding is to be done in the form of research grants and each selected proposals will be funded with a single grant. It is anticipated that NASA awards will average $350,000 per year and cannot exceed $400,000 per year. NSBRI will accept proposals with a maximum budget of $400,000 per year for a maximum of three years.