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NASA Research Announcement (NRA) - Appendix C: NNH15ZTT001N-15PSI_C

NASA has released the next appendix of the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System”. The NRA solicits ground-based research proposals – both experimental and numerical studies – utilizing experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) System. This online database provides investigators access to the raw and processed experimental data from past and current physical science International Space Station flight experiments. In this way, the NRA promotes rapid, multiple investigations resulting in more scientists participating in ISS research. The next call for proposals solicits proposals in the five research areas – Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics and Materials Science – for which eligible experimental data will be available in the PSI by the proposal due date of December 15, 2016. At the time of the release of the Appendix, 38 investigations are eligible for this NRA. The call is open to two types of investigators: established researchers and graduate students. The typical awards will be $75,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years.

NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference via WebEx at 1 pm Eastern Time on October 5, 2016. To participate, navigate to and enter the meeting information: meeting number: 994 156 009 / meeting password: $Athena-2016. To hear the audio for the conference, call 1-844-467-6272 and enter the conference passcode: 921301#. If you want to submit questions about the PSI or the NRA before the conference, please send your questions to PSI Support.

Upcoming events connected to this NRA:

Oct 5, 2016 – Conduct Proposers’ Conference via WebEx

Oct 31, 2016 – Notices of Intent Due

Dec 15, 2016 – Proposals Due

Apr 18, 2016 – Announce Selections (target)

For more information about the solicitation, please contact Dr.Francis Chiaramonte, Program Scientist for Physical Sciences, NASA Headquarters.


At NASA, we are excited to offer the Physical Science Informatics (PSI) data repository for physical science experiments performed on the International Space Station (ISS). The PSI system is now accessible and open to the public. This will be a resource for researchers to data mine the PSI system and expand upon the valuable research performed on the ISS using it as a research tool to further science, while also fulfilling the President's Open Data Policy.