The Translational Research Institute funds projects that develop innovative approaches and technologies to address the health and performance challenges that astronauts face during long-duration, deep space exploration missions. See the documents below for recent funding opportunities.
Open opportunity: TRI Omics Visiting Scientist
- Omics Visiting Scientist
Looking for an out of this world sabbatical? This 6-12 month position could be just what you’re looking for! We are seeking a passionate individual interested in learning about NASA’s human health needs during long duration spaceflights and developing new projects that utilize omics solutions to address those needs.
TRI Selection Announcement
TRI recently selected ten projects from its first solicitation NNJ16ZSA001N-TRIRT. See below for the list of principal investigators and project titles:
Charles Chiu, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
In-flight metagenomic monitoring of infections and associated host responses in astronauts
Lawrence David, Ph.D.
Personalizing prebiotic therapies for astronauts' gut microbiota
Donald Fox, Ph.D.
Mining biology's extremes for new space radiation resistance strategies
Dawn Kernagis, Ph.D.
Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Cervical lymphatic function quantification and associated molecular changes in response to simulated microgravity
Robert Langer, Sc.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Gastrointestinal devices for long-term in situ delivery of therapeutic microbes
George Pantalos, Ph.D.
University of Louisville
Creating surgical capabilities for exploration space flight
Christopher Porada, Ph.D.
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Winston Salem, NC
Novel microfluidic biomarker detection platforms to monitor in vivo effects of solar particle events and galactic cosmic rays radiation, using mice with human hematopoietic systems
Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Discovery of human radiation-protection genes and pathways
Kasthuri Venkateswaran, Ph.D.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Omics in space: Technology development for omics instrumentations and biomolecule measurements
Lihong Wang, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
Label-free photoacoustic lymphatic flowgraphy in simulated microgravity
Focused Investigation Program
The Translational Research Institute seeks innovative, unconventional, cross-cutting work that enables and enhances human exploration of space beyond low-Earth orbit. TRI is open to methods that are out of the box, challenge assumptions, and could lead to extraordinary outcomes. TRI does not fund incremental advances to existing approaches or methods.
In addition to multiple funding announcements each year seeking solutions to specified topic areas, TRI also welcomes the submission of unsolicited proposals to its Focused Investigation Program (FIP). The FIP is best suited for pilot or proof-of-principle projects with a small amount of funding (<$100K) and a short duration (approximately one year). FIP proposals are subject to programmatic relevance and scientific peer review.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Dr. Emmanuel Urquieta regarding the requirements. Please provide a brief summary of your research plan which will be assessed based on TRI’s current target areas.