Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics

NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH08ZTT003N "Research Opportunities for Fundamental Space Biology Investigations in Microbial, Plant and Cell Biology"

By Keith Cowing
June 6, 2008

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Headquarters has released NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH08ZTT003N entitled “Research Opportunities for Fundamental Space Biology Investigations in Microbial, Plant and Cell Biology”. The full text of the solicitation is available on the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at under menu listing “Open Solicitations”.

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. Notices of Intent (not required) are due on July 7, 2008, and proposals are due on September 8, 2008. Proposals are required to be submitted electronically and must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization.

This Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD), Advanced Capabilities Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA) solicits ground based research in the fundamental space biology areas of microbial, plant and cell biology. Fundamental space biology addresses basic questions of how life responds to gravity and space environments. The force of gravity plays a major role in shaping life into its myriad forms. Fundamental space biology uses the ground based space environment analogs supplemented with space based investigations to probe the fundamental nature of life in order to enhance our understanding of how life responds to physical phenomena and physical forces on Earth and serves as the basic biological foundation in support of exploration. The microbial and cell biology research emphases of the solicitation are the molecular and the morphological responses of microbes and animal cells (cell culture to small non-rodent animals) to altered and reduced gravity. The plant biology research emphases of this solicitation are plant graviperception and space environmental conditions responses. The NRA calls for ground based research that would eventually lead to experiments on flight platforms.

Participation is open to all categories of organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies. Electronic proposals may be submitted via the NASA Proposal data system NSPIRES or via Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this NRA must be registered with NSPIRES, and such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. Instructions on how to register in NSPIRES is described in the NRA. Each electronic proposal system places requirements on the registration of principal investigators and other participants (e.g. co-investigators). Questions in regards to responding to this NRA may be addressed to the contacts referenced in the full solicitation document.

This email is being sent on behalf of and is intended as an information announcement to researchers interested in NASA’s Fundamental Space Biology research. Replies to this email will go unanswered, please reference the above solicitation for contact information.

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