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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.

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TRI Research Topics

Translational Research Institute Research Topics NNJ16ZSA001N-TRIRT

TRI Proposal Instructions

Translational Research Institute Proposal Instructions NNJ16ZSA001N-TRIIN


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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.
Duke University
Durham, NC
Personalizing prebiotic therapies for astronauts' gut microbiota

Donald Fox, Ph.D.
Duke University
Durham, NC
Mining biology's extremes for new space radiation resistance strategies

Dawn Kernagis, Ph.D.
Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
Pensacola, FL
Cervical lymphatic function quantification and associated molecular changes in response to simulated microgravity

Robert Langer, Sc.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
Gastrointestinal devices for long-term in situ delivery of therapeutic microbes

George Pantalos, Ph.D.
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
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
Houston, TX
Discovery of human radiation-protection genes and pathways

Kasthuri Venkateswaran, Ph.D.
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA
Omics in space: Technology development for omics instrumentations and biomolecule measurements

Lihong Wang, Ph.D.
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA
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.