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Galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) are of most concern to NASA. It is challenging to shield against GCRs. They come from exploding stars called supernovae.

Research institute launches space radiation initiative

Kaylee Dusang


Houston, TX -

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine is launching a new funding initiative supporting research advances in the study of space radiation and seeking countermeasures to be used in deep space exploration.

TRISH seeks and funds high-risk, high-reward solutions for predicting and protecting the health of future astronauts on deep space missions. Galactic cosmic radiation will be a significant health and performance challenge facing crewmembers on NASA’s planned return to the moon by 2024 and future mission to Mars.

This new space radiation initiative seeks effective human-based complex in-vitro models to study a variety of novel countermeasures against space relevant ionizing radiation exposure that future deep space explorers must endure. The Institute is awarding up to $1 million per year for up to three years. TRISH especially encourages multidisciplinary teams to apply for this opportunity. 

The solicitation can be found on the NSPIRES website. More information from the pre-release webinars can be found on the TRISH Orbit. The first step of applications will be due Feb. 14, 2020. Full applications are due on April 30, 2020. Selections will be announced in October 2020.

As a partner to the NASA Human Research Program, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health helps solve the health challenges to human deep space exploration. The Institute finds and funds disruptive, breakthrough research and technologies that can reduce risks to astronaut health and performance.

The Institute is funded through a cooperative agreement with NASA to Baylor College of Medicine and includes consortium partners Caltech and MIT.

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