NASA Selects 6 Space Biology Research Proposals

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, October 21, 2016

NASA's Space Biology Program will fund 6 proposals that will utilize the GeneLab Data System to translate spaceflight research data into new knowledge relating to the responses of living systems in the spaceflight environment. Proposals were in response to the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NHH16ZTT001N-GL, "Appendix A: GeneLab Innovation Awards for Translational Systems Biology and Informatics Research Using the GeneLab Data System”.

The GeneLab Data System is NASA’s open-access, on-line searchable data repository for Space Biology experiment results. The data collected in this system cut across multiple biological/biomedical science disciplines and areas of research emphases to address fundamental biology hypotheses and to enable translational biology relevant for commercial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals applications. The GeneLab website link to the data repository, (, allows access to all of the collected data by species and space flight missions, including a process for submitting datasets to the repository. The GeneLab data repository also includes important metadata related to the spaceflight and ground- based experiments, which is of critical importance for researchers to accurately interpret and analyze these data for their own specific investigations.

The selected proposals come from 4 institutions in four states and include three principal investigators who will be receiving their first Space Biology grant award. When fully implemented, the grants are worth a total of about $1.4 million during a one- to two-year period.

These funded research projects will either 1) develop new computational biology tools that will enhance the usability and value of GeneLab by enabling users to perform novel informatics research, or 2) use ground-based experimental approaches to test novel hypothesis that have been derived through the analysis of data in GeneLab.

The Space Biology Program is managed by the Space Life and Physical Sciences Division in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington.

For a complete list of the selected proposals, principal investigators and organizations, visit: 

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