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    SA Data Sharing Policy and You: Occupational Surveillance Q&A

    What is Occupational Surveillance? Why do we need a policy? What training is required to access data? Why/when would data be released? What are the User Responsibilities? What happens if there is a Policy Violation? When will the Cross Directorate Board be formed to review data requests?

    These are just a few questions you may be asking yourself. For answers to these and more, view the SA Data Sharing Policy documents.

    Space Act Agreements.

    NASA collaborations can be formalized through Space Act Agreements (SAA). The SAA Guide explains NASA agreement practice and provides guidance to those wanting Space Act Agreements with NASA. The Guide details NASA’s authority and policy, the agreement formation process, and the various types of SAAs. Example clauses can also be found in the SAA Guide.

    UTMB/NASA Space Travel Center.

    The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston was selected by the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the newly formed Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation, announced Wednesday by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. UTMB, along with seven other universities, will be part of a research team to ensure that the commercial space community can meet the nation’s current and future space transportation needs.

    InnoCentive NASA Pavilion.

    NASA Human Health and Performance is pursuing new strategies, such as crowdsourcing, to achieve its goals for improved collaboration and open innovation. Open to InnoCentive's network of 185,000 Solvers, the NASA Open Innovation Pavilion offers awards for solving posted challenges.


    The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs provide an opportunity for small, high technology companies and research institutions (RI) to participate in Government sponsored research and development (R&D) efforts in key technology areas.

    Rice Business Plan Competition.

    The Human Health and Performance Directorate has sponsored an Earth/Space Life Sciences award for the Rice Business Plan Competition since 2008. The three-day event is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms.


    HH&P conducted a programming competition in partnership with TopCoder and the Harvard Business School and London Business School. TopCoder offers competition-based software development using open source through its established software development community. In the experiment, competitors developed algorithms to help NASA makes decisions involved with optimizing the contents of a medical supplies kit that may be carried on board long-term space missions.

    Core Analytical Laboratory.

    The Core Analytical Laboratory was formed in order to provide enhanced cellular and biological analytical capabilities at Johnson Space Center (JSC). The instruments are available for use by any investigator who acquires the appropriate training and abides by the policy and safety standards of the lab. A scheduling program allows each investigator to sign up for specific time blocks on the instrument of their choice. A senior scientist is available for training, instrument trouble-shooting and collaboration.

    NASA on

    To satisfy the Open Government Directive, NASA is soliciting your ideas on how to become more transparent, participatory, collaborative and innovative.


    The NASA Human Health and Performance Center virtual forum was established to connect organizations worldwide interested in collaborating and advancing human health and performance innovations for space flight, commercial aviation, and challenging environments on Earth.

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