TRISH Programs - An Overview

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

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is a Baylor College of Medicine-led consortium with the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Charged by NASA via a cooperative agreement, TRISH seeks and funds new health technologies to predict, protect and preserve astronaut health during deep space exploration missions. Our mission requires a wholistic and overarching approach that can reach and connect with researchers who may not be aware that their research is exactly what NASA is looking for to experienced investigators who have a history with NASA research - and everything in between. 

TRISH has three core programs:

Translational Research Program Grants
The largest component of TRISH, the Translational Research Program offers multiple funding mechanisms with variable solicitation methods, funding amounts, durations, and review cycles. Check out our open solicitations, on-going solicitations, and program descriptions!

Scientist Program
TRISH's Scientist Program helps ensure early career scientists are given the opportunity to conduct translational research with supervision and mentorship from experienced scientists via its Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The Visiting Scientist/Faculty Exchange and Senior Science Manager Programs offer various types of research opportunities for experienced scientists at NASA's request.

Supporting Program
Through virtual vehicles such as the Red Risk School to the Tech Exploration in Space Health series to speaking engagements, TRISH connects with the space health community, potential researchers, and the general public via its virtual community channels including this website, social media and online capabilities. Additionally, TRISH remains actively engaged in multiple health, medical innovation, and technology societies and conferences bringing a fresh perspective and educating prospective researchers on how their translational research could protect astronaut health and performance in deep space.

Translational Research Program Grants

TRISH recognizes that it’s not always one size fits all. And, our funding portfolio reflects that.

TRISH's TRP grants offer different types of funding vehicles with varying term lengths. Some grant opportunities are announced via a traditional solicitation, at least annually, while other opportunities may be submitted anytime with quarterly reviews or even reviewed as received. Some solicitations require panel reviews and some grants may be awarded at the director’s discretion, but all proposals undergo rigorous peer review. 

Different from most grant organizations, TRISH is focused on early stage (needs proof of concept, for example) and late stage (ready to go to market or to space, for example) research; TRISH does not fund incremental scientific research.

Successfully completing a TRISH-funded project could position the investigator for the continuation of funding by the NASA Human Research Program.

The core grant program of the institute, Translational Research Program Grants make up the majority of the Institute's research portfolio and the variability of mechanisms reflects TRISH's agility.

Single PI Grants

Single Principal Investigator (PI) grants are solicited annually at a minimum with different topics for each call for proposals. Single PI grants are similar to an NIH R01 or R03.

Focus: Topic specific
 Annually, at a minimum
Annual Funding Amount: Approximately $400k
Duration: 2-3 years
Review: External scientific peer review and programmatic relevance based on the specific solicitation

Industry Grants

Facilitated by the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation & Technology (CIMIT), Industry grants offer non-dilutive funding to U.S.-based companies to develop space-compatible health solutions from their already existing technologies. 100% of matching funds is required to maximize the institute’s federal dollars.

Focus: Topic specific
 Solicited annually at a minimum
Annual Funding Amount: Variable, up to $250K per year
Duration: Variable, generally 6-12 months
Review: External scientific peer review and programmatic relevance based on the specific solicitation

Program Grants

Program grants consist of a team of investigators from different institutions or companies to enable the leveraging of expertise and resources.

Focus: Topic specific
 Solicited. Variable.
Annual Funding Amount: Variable, generally $850K per year
Duration: 2-4 years
Review: External scientific peer review and programmatic relevance based on the specific solicitation

Focused Investigation Project Grants

Focused Investigation Project grants are unsolicited proposals that may be submitted at any time. This funding vehicle is best suited for pilot or proof-of-principle projects with a small amount of funding and a short duration.

Focus: NASA HRP's Red Risks
 Submit any time
Annual Funding Amount: Variable, generally $100k
Duration: 6-18 months
Review: Programmatic relevance and external scientific peer reviews. Reviewed as received.

To find out more information or submit a proposal, contact our Senior Research Portfolio Manager.

Synergy Grants

Intended to permit sharing of resources and personnel across Space Health-funded projects to allow researchers to get the most value from each project.

Focus: NASA HRP's Red Risks
 Unsolicited. Submit anytime.
Annual Funding Amount: Variable, generally $25K
Duration: 12 months
Review: Internal scientific and programmatic relevance review. Reviewed quarterly.

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

Scientist Program

TRISH is dedicated to creating and nurturing a talent pool pipeline to feed the future needs of NASA's workforce. The institute offers a competitive postdoctoral fellowship program that provides funding and mentorship to early career scientists. Through its Scientist Program, TRISH offers multiple types of opportunities for researchers at experienced career levels to work with NASA. TRISH will post open positions on its website and communication channels as NASA requests.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

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 allowance for healthcare and travel.

Focus: Proposed by applicant
Schedule: Solicited annually
Annual Funding Amount: Based on NIH guidelines
Duration: 2 years with optional third year
Review: External scientific peer review 

To support the mentorship of its postdoctoral fellows, TRISH established the Academy of Bioastronautics, a virtual forum for the fellows to share experiences and ask questions to seasoned spaceflight experts. The academy is led by Professor Larry Young, Apollo Program Professor Emeritus of Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

We are pleased to announce an upcoming solicitation in May 2018 for the new class of TRISH postdoctoral fellows! The solicitation will be posted by NASA Research and Education Support Services (NRESS). Stay tuned to the TRISH and NRESS's NSPIRESwebsites for more information. Good luck!

Visiting Scientist Program / Faculty Exchange Program

Three to 24 month positions provide the opportunity for external scientists to work with NASA. Scientists or faculty may work with NASA scientists to design programs, experiments and include the opportunity to conduct experiments. NASA scientists may also spend time at universities or companies to learn a new skill or field.

TRISH will post open positions on its website and communication channels as NASA requests.

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.

TRISH will post open positions on its website and communication channels as NASA requests.

Supporting Program

TRISH 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, videos and online channels 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.


TRISH is committed to educating the general public and prospective researchers about risks to human spaceflight. We inform researchers on how their work can help maintain astronaut health during deep space exploration missions.

Workshops and Conferences

Designed to spur innovation, TRISH places an emphasis on Workshops and Conferences. We hold topic-specific workshops annually that enable participants to evaluate the maturity of a research area or new methodology for use in space. TRISH also supports NASA's annual Human Research Program (HRP) Investigators Workshop (IWS) where the latest human space research and new directions are often conveyed. Conferences also often enable collaborations between distinct groups and investigators for the benefit of NASA. Occasionally, NASA may request a specific workshop to meet the needs of HRP.

Clinical Research Opportunities in Space Medicine

Clinical Research Opportunities in Space Medicine (CROSM) provides research and training opportunities to The University of Texas Medical Branch Aerospace Medicine residents. CROSM  allows residents to perform projects with seasoned mentors to further hone their research skills and creates a pipeline to filling NASA's needs for flight surgeons.