Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) Announcement Soliciting Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

TRISH’s mission is to provide funding for early as well as late stage cuttingedge research that can be translated into validated human health and performance solutions for deep space exploration missions. The institute recognizes the importance of inspiring, educating and advancing space health research of skilled researchers and especially the next generation of space life scientists. 

TRISH, led by Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Space Medicine, is a consortium that includes the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Membership in the consortium is NOT a prerequisite to apply for TRISH awards and investigators new to space life science research are particularly encouraged to apply to TRISH opportunities.

This Request for Applications (RFA) is soliciting applications for the TRISH Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Postdoctoral fellowships will be competitively awarded in any laboratory in the U.S. conducting biomedical/biotechnological research aligned with TRISH’s mission and goals. Applications will be screened for compliance and undergo a scientific and technical peer review by an external peer review committee consisting of a number of experienced scientists. Relevance to TRISH’s and NASA’s programmatic needs and goals will also be evaluated by TRISH management. Selections will be performed by the TRISH Selection Official. 

The award is for two years of funding with an optional, competitively awarded third year of funding that may be available. Requests for a third year of funding will take into account the awardee’s performance during the first two years of funding and be evaluated via external peer review and also by TRISH’s science management. All researchers, regardless of support by NASA or TRISH, can serve as mentors for this opportunity. Investigators new to space life sciences are particularly encouraged to apply to TRISH opportunities.

Deadline: March 1, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Participation in this TRISH-RFA is open to all categories of U.S. organizations, NASA laboratories, industry, educational institutions, other non-profit organizations, and other agencies of the U.S. Government. Investigators new to space life sciences are particularly encouraged to apply to TRISH opportunities.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or persons with pre-existing visas obtained through their sponsoring institutions that permit postdoctoral training for the project’s duration. 

To be eligible for this program, postdoctoral fellows may not have more than five years (cumulative) of previous postdoctoral training as of the deadline for this proposal submission. The month and year of any previous postdoctoral experience(s) must be included in the CV and any gaps detailed, including the month and year. Those earning a terminal degree more than seven years before the deadline for this solicitation (i.e., terminal degree conferred on or before January 31, 2012) are ineligible for this opportunity.

Scientists or physician-scientists who hold any of the following degrees are eligible: Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.Sc., Sc.D., D.V.M., D.O., or equivalent. Applicants must have completed the clinical portion of the training program, if applicable to their field, by the time of award activation. Applicants that anticipate earning a terminal degree (Ph.D., M.D., M.D./Ph.D., D.Sc., Sc.D., D.V.M., D.O., or equivalent) by June 1, 2019 are also eligible to participate in this opportunity.

Applications (also called proposals) must be submitted from the institution where the work will take place.

Amount Description

The assumed start date will be June 1, 2019. This date is somewhat flexible and will be negotiated with each selected postdoctoral fellow. The postdoctoral fellowship will be funded as a stipend of $48,432 for the first year, plus a set allocation for health insurance and conference travel. The second year stipend will be $48,804 plus the allocation. Adjustments to stipend levels may be made to make them commensurate with experience but in all cases will be in accordance with salaries posted for postdoctoral fellows by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If an institution requires a postdoctoral stipend in excess of amounts described above, the difference will need to be made up by the mentor or waived by the institution. The allocation should be used for health insurance and travel to the mandatory annual NASA HRP Investigators’ Workshop. The fellow is also encouraged to attend one scientific meeting of the postdoctoral fellow’s choice. 

Funding Type



Minorities encouraged
Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

March 1, 2019