Grant Program Types

Grant Program Types

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health is a Baylor College of Medicine-led consortium with the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Funded by NASA through a cooperative agreement, TRI for Space Health engages and enables new health technologies to predict, protect and preserve astronaut health during deep space exploration missions.

We seek and fund high risk, high reward, high quality and efficient solutions that can be adapted (or translated) for use in space.

We serve as a bridge between industry, government, and academia engaging with progressive space life scientists and organizations and provide mentorship and expertise that cannot be found elsewhere.

Have a human health research idea that could be used to keep astronauts safe during space travel? TRI for Space Health offers many opportunities for grant funding and opportunities.

Check out the different types of grant programs to see how you can contribute!

Translational Research Program Grants

The core grant program of the Translational Research Institute for Space Health Institute, the Translational Research Program Grants make up the majority of the Institute's research portfolio. 

• Translational Research Program Core Grants

TCOR Grants involve an interdisciplinary team of investigators working together on a single space health issue (like a program project). TCORs are generally up to ~$3M total funding over four years.

• Small Openly Competed Grants

SOC Grants are best suited for a single principal investigator (like an NIH R01 or R03). SOCs are generally up to ~$1M total funding over three years.

• Focused Investigation Program Grants

These modest and short duration grants provide seed funding for projects that could quickly be transitioned for spaceflight or for proof of concept. FIP Grants are generally ≤$100k and ≤one year in duration.

Check out the FIP Proposal Example Template or submit a proposal!

• Industry Grants

Industry Grants offer non-dilutive funding to U.S.-based companies to develop space-compatible health solutions from their already existing technologies; 100 percent of matching funds is required to maximize the institute’s federal dollars.

• Synergy Grants

Synergy Grants are small, short duration grants designed to enable collaboration with an existing or previously funded TRI for SH project. Most will have a budget of ≤$25K and have durations of six to 12 months.

Find out more about our Synergy Grants or complete the short Synergy Grant Form and Budget Template and email to us!

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Grants

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Grants enable early career scientists to design, develop and conduct their own space-related research projects under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors. These two-year fellowships provide a stipend based on NIH guidelines and an allowance for healthcare and travel.

A competitive third year of funding may be available.

Scientist Program

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health includes a Scientist Program that offers multiple types of exciting opportunities for researchers at varying career levels.

• Visiting Scientist Program

Visiting Scientist Program offers three- to 24-month positions which provide the opportunity for external scientists to work with NASA. This program requires the use of a sabbatical or other career development leave.  As a visiting scientist, the successful candidate may work with NASA scientists to design programs, experiments and include the opportunity to conduct experiments. 

• Faculty Exchange Program

The Faculty Exchange Program is designed to enable interactions between academia or industry with NASA. Rotation may last one to four months. The program enables external scientists to work directly with NASA scientists and operational personnel.

• Senior Science Managers

At NASA’s request, the Institute finds candidates to fill limited-term senior management and scientist positions at NASA Centers as Senior Science Managers.

Supporting Programs

The Supporting Program of the Translational Research Institute of Space Health is the educational arm of the institute that fosters public outreach through workshops, conferences, and presentations - most available virtually. The Institute harnesses the power of its virtual community via its website, blog, videos and online forum to allow prospective and new researchers as well as the general public to learn more about space health research. In addition to its Outreach Program, the Institute also offers an aerospace medicine residency training program.

• Outreach Program

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health is committed to educating the general public and prospective researchers about risks to human spaceflight. Through our Outreach Program, we inform researchers on how their work can help maintain astronaut health during deep space exploration missions.

• Workshops + Conferences

Designed to spur innovation,  the Translational Research Institute for Space Health places an emphasis on Workshops and Conferences. We hold two topic-specific workshops annually that enable participants to evaluate the maturity of a research area or new methodology for use in space. Institute and NASA conferences often result in future solicitation topics and/or new directions. Conferences may also enable collaborations between distinct groups and investigators for the benefit of NASA. Occasionally, NASA may request a specific workshop to meet the needs of its Human Research Program.

• Aerospace Medicine Residency

Another feature of our Supporting Programs is the Aerospace Medicine Residency Training Program. The Clinical Research Opportunities in Space Medicine program provides research and training opportunities to The University of Texas Medical Branch Aerospace Medicine residents. Residents perform projects with seasoned mentors to further hone their research skills.