ISS National Lab, NSF Announce Joint Solicitation on Transport Phenomena

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER (FL), October 30, 2019 – The International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory and the National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced a “Transport Phenomena” joint solicitation open to investigators interested in leveraging resources onboard the orbiting laboratory for research in the areas of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, thermal transport, nanoscale interactions, and combustion and fire systems.

Up to $3 million will be awarded for multiple research investigations to support flight projects to the ISS National Lab. The ISS National Lab and NSF previously partnered on three separate fluid dynamics/multiphase processes solicitations and an additional funding opportunity focused on combustion and thermal transport.

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 NSF Transport Phenomena Cluster and Nanoscale Interaction programs. The persistent microgravity environment on the ISS National Lab provides several benefits for the study of fluid dynamics, multiphase processes, thermal transport, nanoscale interactions, and combustion and fire systems. Many processes that affect the behavior of fluids on Earth, such as convection, sedimentation, hydrostatic pressure, and buoyancy, are absent in microgravity.

Through this partnership, the ISS National Lab and NASA will facilitate hardware implementation and in-orbit access to the microgravity research platform, and NSF will fund the selected projects to advance fundamental science and engineering knowledge.

Prior to submitting a full proposal to NSF, all interested parties must submit a Feasibility Review Form to the ISS National Lab no later than January 10, 2020. The ISS National Lab will notify offerors of a passing or failing review score within three weeks of submission of the Feasibility Review Form. Only projects that pass the Feasibility Review will be invited to submit a full proposal to NSF. The notification of a passing score must be included in the full proposal submission. NSF will close this grant solicitation on March 2, 2020.

For more information on the Feasibility Review, visit: NSF/CASIS 2020 Collaboration on Transport Phenomena Research on the ISS to Benefit Life on Earth.

To learn more about this funding opportunity, view the solicitation via the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport Systems (CBET) in the NSF Engineering Directorate.