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NASA Request for Information (RFI) on Topics in Human Health Countermeasures, Human Factors, and Behavioral Performance

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, March 2, 2018

Solicitation Number: 80JSC018L0002
Release Date: March 2, 2018
Response Date: March 16, 2018
 
The Human Research Program (HRP) investigates and mitigates the highest risks to astronaut health and performance in exploration missions. The goal of the HRP is to provide human health and performance countermeasures, knowledge, technologies, and tools to enable safe, reliable, and productive human space exploration, and to ensure safe and productive human spaceflight. The scope of these goals includes both the successful completion of exploration missions and the preservation of astronaut health over the life of the astronaut.
 
HRP has developed an Integrated Research Plan (IRP) to describe the requirements and notional approach to understanding and reducing the human health and performance risks. The IRP describes the Program’s research activities that are intended to address the needs of human space exploration and serve HRP customers. The IRP illustrates the HRP’s research plan through the timescale of exploration missions of extended duration. The Human Research Roadmap (HRR - http://humanresearchroadmap.nasa.gov) is a web-based version of the IRP that allows users to search HRP risks, gaps, and tasks.
 
To support formulation of a solicitation scheduled to be released in March 2018, NASA is seeking feedback regarding the set of research topics listed below. Specifically, NASA wishes to know:
 
1.     Is each topic sufficiently well-defined, clear and unambiguous? In particular, NASA is interested to know if the Background, Research Platform, and Deliverables are clearly articulated for each topic.
2.     Are the risks and gaps listed for each topic appropriate to meet the goals of the Program? Respondents are encouraged to study the HRR and review the risks and gaps for each topic. Missing research questions, whether included in the HRR or not, that will aid in addressing each research topic should be identified.
 
Access to NASA’s human life sciences data can assist the research community in providing a better understanding of the appropriate strategies required to mitigate spaceflight-related health and performance risks.  If interested in learning about and accessing this data, please visit the Users’ Guide for requesting data at: https://lsda.jsc.nasa.gov/Request/dataRequestFAQ
 
The full text of the RFI and response instructions can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/2018-HHCHFBP-RFI. Responses must be submitted electronically using the NSPIRES web site. This RFI is open to responses from all parties including commercial entities, international organizations, academia, NASA Centers, and other government agencies.
 
The information obtained will be used by NASA for planning and acquisition strategy development.  NASA will use the information obtained as a result of this RFI on a non-attribution basis.  Providing data and information that is limited or restricted for use by NASA for that purpose would be of very little value and such restricted/limited data/information is not solicited.  No information or questions received will be posted to any website or public access location.  NASA does not plan to respond to the individual responses. The Government does not intend to award an award on the basis of this RFI or to otherwise pay for the information solicited.
 

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