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Final NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN): Translational Research Institute Issued

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Monday, November 2, 2015

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Human Research Program (HRP) is establishing a Translational Research Institute. The Institute is aimed at translating promising cutting edge human health and performance methodologies into validated space flight human health and performance prediction, prevention, monitoring, detection, maintenance and treatment capabilities for exploration missions. In addition, the Institute will provide a translational workforce, providing opportunities for scientists to propose new NASA research, gain experience in cutting edge research laboratories within and external to NASA, and apply their knowledge and expertise to reducing human exploration risks.

The Institute will be a virtual institute (no brick & mortar) responsible for the solicitation, selection, funding, and translation of results from interdisciplinary project teams. The central management of the Institute will be a small team with a minimal office footprint that leverages virtual collaborative tools and utilizes existing laboratories and meeting facilities of solicited members and NASA. It will facilitate scientific collaboration across disciplines, across organizations, and within and among its participating teams irrespective of their geographic distribution. The Institute will work closely with NASA to understand NASA’s human health and performance risks and mutually identify focus areas.

The Institute will develop and implement programs to support placing senior scientists or physicians in NASA organizations, facilitating visiting scientists or clinicians and faculty exchange with NASA or project team laboratories, provide consultants and advisors to NASA, promote postdoctoral first awards, and facilitate workshops & symposia of key interest to NASA and Institute project teams.

The final CAN is now available electronically through the HRP Translational Research Institute (HTRI) website http://procurement.jsc.nasa.gov/htri/ by selecting Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN). Documents related to this procurement will be available over the Internet. Proposers are responsible for monitoring this site for the release of any amendments and changes to schedule. Potential proposers are responsible for downloading their own copy of the solicitation and amendments.

Notices of Intent (NOIs) to propose are due November 13, 2015. NOIs are required (but non-binding) for full proposal submission. Full proposals are due January 8, 2016.

Direct questions specifically regarding this solicitation to: Lawrence Miller, Contracting Officer, 2101 NASA PKWY, Houston, TX 77089, 281-483-3916, lawrence.l.miller@nasa.gov.

Additional programmatic information may be obtained from: Barbra Corbin, HRP/Deputy Director, 2101 NASA PKWY, Houston, TX 77089, 281-483-6215, barbara.j.corbin@nasa.gov.

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