Biological and Physical Research
NASA's Biological and Physical Research (BPR) Enterprise recognizes the essential role biology will play in the 21st century and pursues the core of biological and physical sciences research needed to support NASA's strategic objectives. BPR fosters and enhances rigorous interdisciplinary research, closely linking fundamental biological and physical sciences in order to develop leading-edge, world-class research programs. BPR uses the unique characteristics of the space environment to understand biological, physical, and chemical processes, conducting science and technology research required to enable humans to safely and effectively live and work in space, and transferring knowledge and technologies for Earth benefits. BPR also fosters commercial space research by the private sector toward new or improved products and/or services on Earth, in support of the commercial use of space.
The Committee has included the following changes to the budget request:
An increase of $7,500,000 for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute.
An increase of $600,000 to North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina for gravitational and space biology.
An increase of $1,000,000 to the University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut for bone and muscle loss studies.
An increase of $1,500,000 for interactive biological crystallization technology development.