NSF/CASIS Collaboration on Transport Phenomena Research on the International Space Station (ISS) to Benefit Life on Earth

Funding Agency:
National Science Foundation

The Division of Chemical, Bioengineering and Environmental Transport (CBET) in the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is partnering with The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to solicit research projects in the general field of fluid dynamics, particulate and multiphase processes, combustion and fire systems, thermal transport processes, and nanoscale interactions that can utilize the International Space Station (ISS) National Lab to conduct research that will benefit life on Earth. Only U.S. entities including academic investigators, non-profit independent research laboratories and academic-commercial teams are eligible to apply. 

Full Proposal Window:  December 9, 2019 - March 2, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

The PI(s) must be eligible to submit NSF proposals, as described in the PAPPG. Projects can be collaborative and collaborations with industry and relevant costs for their participation are allowed.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1. 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. Violations of this rule will result in return without review of all proposals including the offending individual except for the first such proposal submitted in time-stamped order.



Amount Description

Estimated Number of Awards: 7

Anticipated Funding Amount: Up to $3,000,000

NSF Funding (total) available under this solicitation is up to $3 million, to be distributed in FY 2020. Budget requests may be for up to $400,000 total, including direct and indirect costs, and up to four years in duration. The award size and duration should be consistent with the project scope.

Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.

Funding for ISS Experiments

NSF awards under this solicitation will provide PIs with support to conduct fundamental and translational research to prepare experiments for execution onboard the ISS, to collaborate with service providers as necessary, to provide preliminary analysis to conduct the experiment, to analyze and interpret data, and to disseminate results broadly. CASIS will assist grantees in translating ground-based experiments and technologies into space-appropriate hardware where possible. Costs associated with the translation of the proposed experiments to flight experiments onboard the ISS, including the training of ISS crews, transporting the experiment payload and equipment to the ISS, and conducting experiments on the ISS, will be supported by CASIS through their cooperative agreement with NASA.

Both organizations will jointly manage the project reviews. All NSF awards will be made via a Standard Grant mechanism. In addition, NSF awardees shall be required to negotiate separate conditions with CASIS for ISS utilization support via a contract mechanism.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 2, 2020