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The Space Biosciences Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center manages many of NASA’s Space Biology funded projects. For information about NASA Space Biology research funding opportunities and instructions for submitting proposals, see the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website. To learn more about NASA Space Biology funded projects, search the NASA Task Book database.

NASA’s GeneLab platform is expanding access to life science research conducted in space. Omics data generated by experiments aboard the International Space Station can be found via the open-access GeneLab Data Repository. The scientific community is invited to browse and download GeneLab data and to submit new datasets to the repository.

The Ames Life Sciences Data Archive (ALSDA) is responsible for the capture, preservation and dissemination of the non-omics life science evidence data from Ames managed flight and ground experiments.

Both GeneLab and the ALSDA are part of the Open Science Data Repository (OSDR).

The NASA Biological Institutional Scientific Collection (NBISC) is a biorepository of non-human samples collected from NASA-funded spaceflight investigations and correlative ground studies. 

For information about educational opportunities ranging from internships for college undergraduates to postdoctoral fellowships, visit the Space Biosciences education page.

Spaceflight Technologies, Application, and Research (STAR) is a one week-long intensive space biosciences research course that is held in-person at NASA Ames Research Center.  This course targets principal investigators (PIs), senior research scientists, and postdoctoral scholars and aims to facilitate their entry to space biology and preparation for spaceflight experiments using NASA and commercial platforms.

The Ground Research Facilities at Ames include a suite of centrifuges that are used by researchers for engineering, life science and human research. See Flight Research Facilities for information about Ames experiment hardware and facilities for spaceflight research.

The International Space Station Information for Prospective Researchers webpage has extensive informational resources including a link to the ISS Researcher’s Guide Series, a set of booklets designed to educate potential users of the space station platform on how their ground‐based experiments can be translated to the space environment.