Information for Prospective Space Station Researchers
For guidance, please see this brief tutorial, “How to Get New Research Onto ISS: Process” (updated 12/19/13).
NASA funding for space station research is driven by the goals of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010. These goals focus on:
● human health and countermeasure development to protect crewmembers from the space environment during long-duration voyages
● testing research and technology developments for future exploration missions
● developing and validating operational procedures for long-duration missions
● maintaining US capability in the areas of physical and life sciences through the use of microgravity
In 2005, Congress designated the US assets of the space station a National Laboratory, opening up the use of the space station to other government agencies, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. Those space station researchers whose investigations are not funded by NASA are funded through the space station National Laboratory initiative, or through one of the space station international partners.
Where can I find funding opportunities? You can visit the space station funding page to learn the details, but in general:
● NASA funding for space station use is obtained through NASA research announcements (NRAs);
● National Laboratory funding for space station use is obtained through research opportunities with other government agencies, private, and non-profit sectors;
● Space station international partner funding can be obtained through their prospective processes.
ISS Researcher's Guide Series
The International Space Station Program Science Office has in work a 15-book Researcher’s Guide Series by discipline. The purpose of the series, which is planned for completion by December 2014, is to educate potential users of the ISS platform on how their ground‐based experiments can be translated to the space environment. Each guide is designed to “start the conversation” of how new researchers can find opportunities as well as assistance in the proposal development process. The available books in the series can be found here.
I've got an idea. Where do I start, who do I call, and how long will it take? You can start with this tutorial (updated 12/19/13) on the research integration process. This video is also pretty handy in understanding NASA's Space Station Science process, from proposal to implementation. You can also contact the following key personnel for questions related to space station research and technology:
ISS Research Integration Office, Rod Jones, Manager, 281-244-7941
ISS Program Science Office, Julie Robinson, International Space Station Chief Scientist, 281-483-5582
ISS Research & Technology: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/
Ensures science leadership at the highest level within the ISS Program Office, represents all research on the space station.
ISS Technology Demonstration Office, George C. Nelson, Manager, 281-244-8514
For NASA-funded Technology Development and Demonstration investigations and DoD investigations.
ISS National Laboratory Office, Mike Read, Manager, 281-244-7656
For other government agency funded investigations and non-profit / commercially funded investigations.
Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications / ISS NASA Research Office, Sharon Conover, Manager, 281-244-8158 www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/slpsra/index.html/
For NASA-funded Human Research Program investigations, NASA-funded Physical Science investigations, and NASA-funded Life Science investigations.
If you have additional questions that are not covered here, please call our help line at 281-244-6187 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone is staffed during regular business hours, or messages may be issued after hours, and a representative will return the call on the next business day.
Facilities and Capabilities
There are a variety of laboratory facilities and capabilities designed to support a range of scientific disciplines on the space station. This tutorial offers a general overview of the research facilities and capabilities of the space station. You can learn more by visiting the Facilities page for more detailed ISS facility types and capabilities.
Why Do Research in Space?
Why do research in space? It's a common question, with uncommon answers. Below are a brief video overview and brief tutorials about the unique environment of the space station that drives new research questions.
› Microgravity (PDF, 1 MB)
› Elements of the Space Environment (PDF, 805 KB)
› Earth and Space Observations (PDF, 1 MB)
› Real Time ISS Ground Track
› ISS Orbit Tutorial for Earth Remote Sensing
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Customer Service Helpline
The ISS Research Integration Office has both a phone and an email customer service helpline that Payload Developers and others interested in doing research can contact to get assistance. The phone is staffed during regular business hours. After hours, please leave a message and a representative will return the call on the next business day.
If you have questions regarding NASA badging, security, or remote computer online access (e.g., to NASA internal websites, ISS Payloads documentation, etc.), please download and read this Access Processes for Payload Developers document. For further info or assistance, please contact Ms. Ryan Prouty at: 281-244-7433.
Email: Ms. Ryan Prouty