Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA) solicits ground-based research proposals using an open science approach to develop new analyses and generate new scientific insights by utilizing experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system (, an online database of completed physical science reduced-gravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle flights, Free Flyers, or commercial cargo flights to and from the ISS, and from related ground-based studies. The goals of this NRA are to: a) promote investigations making use of currently available experimental data resulting in more scientists participating in reduced-gravity research; b) allow new areas of research and discovery to occur more quickly through open access; and c) accelerate the “research to product or publication” timeline through the rapid sharing of data. 

The PSI system allows researchers to data mine information generated by experiments conducted as part of NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program in support of NASA’s Space Life and Physical Sciences Research and Applications (SLPSRA) Division. In this manner PSI meets the requirements of the nation’s Open Data Policy, which states that “Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable.” (Executive Order May 9, 2013, “Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information”). In accordance with this policy, all awardees from this NRA must upload data, new analytical or numerical models, tools, and software produced from the funded research into the PSI system.

This solicitation is open to researchers from all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers, and other U.S. Government agencies. This NRA is soliciting proposals from two types of investigators: 1) established researchers from all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations; 2) graduate students (with advisors) from accredited U.S. postsecondary institutions and programs. The proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisor.

Proposals will be solicited through appendices under this umbrella solicitation. The appendices will provide key information including: specific scope of the work solicited, such as concentrations on specific research areas, anticipated budget for new awards, number of awards anticipated, and proposal due dates. The provisions in any appendix will apply to that specific opportunity and will supersede any conflicting provisions in this umbrella solicitation or in the NASA Guidebook for Proposers. During the five years that this NRA will be open, NASA plans to release appendices annually, depending on available funding and other programmatic constraints.

Close Date: Sep 14, 2022

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Areas of Interest

Appendix F

This announcement is for the release of Appendix F, which solicits proposals in the following five research areas: Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics and Materials Science. The Appendix specifically solicits proposals that utilize data from eligible investigations in the PSI; see the full Appendix F for the list of the eligible PSI investigations. Proposals for Appendix F are due on or about December 16, 2019



Amount Description

The typical award for each proposal selected from this Appendix will be $75,000 – $100,000 per year, for a total maximum award amount up to $200,000 for a two-year period. If a proposal is of exceptionally high scientific and technical merit (rated Excellent in merit review), the award may be considered for up to $125,000 per year, for a total maximum award amount up to $250,000 for a two-year period. NASA reserves the right to offer selection at the typical award amount ($75,000 – $100,000 per year) to any proposals with budgets at the higher funding level ($125,000 per year) depending on their final merit rating and funding availability. In cases where selection is offered at a lower funding level from the proposed budget, the proposer will be given the opportunity to accept or decline the offer. 

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students


Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

September 14, 2022