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credit: Photo Courtesy of NASAThe Translational Research Institute for Space Health focuses on safeguarding the health of astronauts.

The newly established Translational Research Institute (TRI) led by Baylor College of Medicine seeks innovative and disruptive technologies, techniques, and countermeasures that will enable and enhance human exploration of deep space. The Institute’s goal is to fund innovative approaches that will reduce multiple risks to human health on missions beyond low Earth orbit. 

There are two types of funding opportunities within this research announcement. The first two opportunities below—Omics capabilities for use during missions and Long duration medication stability—are large, program project grants that may span several institutions and investigators in order to collaborate on an interrelated set of research questions within one broad topic. The remaining opportunities are primarily designed as single principal investigator projects. 

Funding topics of current interest are:

  • Omics capabilities for use during missions
  • Long duration medication stability
  • Human brain imaging
  • Inflight surgical capabilities
  • Increasing organisms’ resistance to radiation
  • Pharmaceuticals that preserve muscle mass
  • Inflight production of fresh food
  • Microbiome based therapies for improving health in spaceflight
  • Lymphatic imaging in microgravity

View the details of this TRI research announcement (NNJ16ZSA001N-TRI).

A pre-proposal webinar, during which TRI management will answer questions regarding the research announcement, will be held on March 23, 2017 and is open to all interested proposers. Questions must be submitted in writing at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled webinar to Answers to all questions (FAQ) will be posted on the TRI’s website by March 25, 2017.

Proposers are required to submit a letter of intent through by April 10, 2017 in order to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will also be submitted through and will be due May 19, 2017.

The Translational Research Institute (TRI) is part of the Center for Space Medicine at Baylor, and is funded by a cooperative agreement from NASA to Baylor College of Medicine with consortium partners California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Institute’s mission is to lead a national effort in translating cutting-edge, emerging terrestrial research into applied space flight and to support human risk-mitigation for exploration missions beyond low Earth orbit. 

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