This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), entitled “Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO)–2023”, solicits applied research in support of NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP). The research will fall into one or more categories corresponding to HRP’s five Elements: Space Radiation, Human Health Countermeasures, Exploration Medical Capability, Human Factors and Behavioral Performance, and Research Operations and Integration. This NRA covers all aspects of research to provide human health and performance countermeasures, knowledge, technologies, and tools to enable safe, reliable, and productive human space exploration.
Promoting the full and open sharing of data with research communities, private industry, academia, and the general public is one of NASA’s longstanding core values. Sharing and preserving data are central to protecting the integrity of science by facilitating validation of results and to advancing science by broadening the value of research data to other disciplines and society at large (NASA Plan for Increasing Access to the Results of Scientific Research). There is a growing realization that collaboration and the aggregation and sharing of data is the best way to tackle extremely large and interesting science questions, including those related to human spaceflight, that more and more frequently rely on big data and advanced data science and analytic techniques. Research data collected during the conduct of NASA’s funded research projects represent a unique, valuable, and not easily replicable national resource and long-term research asset. Data management is viewed as an important part of research activities and includes NASA’s right to review interim data and/or obtain delivery of data to a NASA archive. Details of the solicited research opportunities are given in the HERO appendices of this NRA, and it is anticipated that several response area appendices will be issued throughout the year as needed. Unless otherwise specified, appendices will use a two-step solicitation process requiring that a compliant and relevant Step-1 proposal be submitted and considered in order to be invited to submit a Step-2 proposal.
Close: November 29, 2023
REFER TO APPENDICES FOR EXACT DUE DATES.