July 15, 2003
NASA Announces Space Radiation Research Grants
NASA has selected 28 researchers to conduct ground-based research in space radiation biology and space radiation shielding materials.
Sponsored by NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR), this research will use the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory (SRL) and the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron at the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y. The SRL is a new $34 million irradiation facility scheduled to start delivering beams for experiments in Fall/Winter of 2003. The facilities provide beams of radiation that are the same type and energy as found in space. They will be used for studies in radiation physics and biology in order to accurately predict and manage radiation risk in space.
NASA received 67 proposals in August 2002 in response to this research announcement. All proposals were peer-reviewed by scientific and technical experts from academia, government, and industry. The grants total approximately $28 million dollars and average $1 million dollars each over a four-year period.
"This research is the first step in implementing NASA's Space Radiation Initiative approved by Congress in FY 2003," said Guy Fogleman, director of OBPR's Bioastronautics Research Division, Washington. "The results are essential for reducing the crew health risks from space radiation allowing them to remain safe and healthy during and after longer duration missions," he said. Fogleman added knowledge gained from this initiative would expand and improve NASA's understanding of radiation health effects with obvious benefits on Earth.
The list of awardees is on the Internet at:
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