Status

Prospective proposers must submit a Feasibility Review Form to the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) by January 10, 2020.

Deadlines
  • LOI: 01/10/2020
  • Proposal: 03/02/2020

Funding

  • Amount: Up to $400,000
  • Duration: Up to 4 years

Scope

Appropriateness of Proposals for the NSF-ISS Program: The NSF-ISS Program is not intended to be used for proposals that are appropriate for existing funding mechanisms or that continue well-established practices.

The purpose of this solicitation is to attract proposals that make use of the ISS National Lab for research projects in the fields related to the Transport Phenomena Cluster and Nanoscale Interactions programs. Responsive proposals will describe using the ISS National Lab for development and testing of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions that will lead to Earth-based applications and increase the return on the U.S. investment in the ISS National Lab. CASIS goals are to advance science research and technology development, expand human knowledge, inspire and educate the next generation, foster the commercial development of space, and demonstrate scientific capabilities in space for Earth benefit. Fundamental research to study fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions where the results will have direct terrestrial benefit but will involve flight research utilizing the ISS, is solicited.

The collaboration seeks to exploit the complementary missions of (i) research and development for NSF, and (ii) stimulation, development and management of U.S. national uses of the ISS National Lab by U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and private firms for CASIS. Proposals must seek to exploit the ISS National Lab for fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase process, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions studies to support applications on Earth. The proposal must include a description of project benefits for life on Earth. Proposals focused on research and technology development supporting only space exploration-related goals do not fall within the scope of the NSF and CASIS mission and will be considered non-responsive to this solicitation. For example, this program does not support research strictly focused on space propulsion.

Submission Window: December 9, 2019 – March 2, 2020

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

An individual may participate in any capacity (PI, co-PI, Other Senior Personnel, or Consultant) in only one proposal submitted in response to this solicitation. The submitting organization is responsible to ensure that the PI, co-PIs, Other Senior Personnel, and Consultants are participating in only one proposal. This limitation includes proposals submitted by a lead organization and any sub-award submitted as part of a proposal.

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) proposals, where academe and industry partner on a research project, are encouraged

Prospective proposers must submit a Feasibility Review Form to the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) by January 10, 2020. The form will be evaluated for operational feasibility and terrestrial benefit.

Proposers who have submitted Feasibility Review Forms that pass the initial operational and terrestrial benefit review by CASIS will be invited to submit a full proposal for evaluation by NSF. Documentation from the CASIS team confirming approval to submit a proposal after the operation and terrestrial benefit reviews must be provided as a Single Copy Document in FastLane or Grants.gov when the full proposal is submitted. CASIS officers will respond to a Feasibility Review Form within three weeks after submission.

CASIS strongly encourages submission of the Feasibility Review Form as early as possible. Potential PIs or teams should consult with the CASIS Operations team (ops@issnationallab.org) for feedback regarding feasibility and compliance with flight requirements and capabilities. To Submit the Feasibility Review Form, please visit: http://issnl.us/nsf1.

Contact Information

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Nora F. Savage, Nanoscale Interactions, telephone: (703) 292-7949, email: nosavage@nsf.gov
  • Ronald Joslin, Fluid Dynamics, telephone: (703) 292-7030, email: rjoslin@nsf.gov
  • William Olbricht, Particulate and Multiphase Processes, telephone: (703) 292-4842, email: wolbrich@nsf.gov
  • Harsha Chelliah, Combustion and Fire Systems, telephone: (703) 292-7062, email: hchellia@nsf.gov
  • Ying Sun, Thermal Transport Processes, telephone: (703) 292-7443, email: yisun@nsf.gov
  • Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh, Transport Phenomena Cluster, telephone: (703) 292-8045, email: sshojaei@nsf.gov