CASIS Seeking New Proposals for Enabling Technologies at ISS; Cancer Cell Research in Zero G

Two items out of CASIS

First, an interesting story regarding the observation that certain tumor cells which grow aggressively and are difficult to treat on Earth, appear to be a bit more docile in the environment of Zero-G.  The discovery gives scientists a possible window into devising new methods of understanding, and ultimately destroying some cancers.

Having only received its first delivery of sponsored experiments with the recent arrival of  Orbital Science’s Cygnus cargo vessel in December, CASIS is just now getting fully underway. Along those lines,  it issued the following Request for Proposals this week:

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL. (February 26, 2014) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) today issued a solicitation for proposals supporting enabling technologies onboard the International Space Station (ISS).

CASIS is the nonprofit organization responsible for managing research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory. The Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks to solicit flight projects that develop tools and/or techniques that will enable improved and expanded use of the ISS National Lab; increasing return on U.S. investment in the ISS National Lab and enhancing the value of the ISS research platform.

Specifically, CASIS is interested in proposals for enabling technologies in one or more of the following areas:

1) Scientific instruments and data collection;

2) Materials, structures, and manufacturing;

3) Operational procedures that advance the capacity of the ISS U.S. National Laboratory as a research and technology development platform to benefit life on Earth.

The CASIS mission for the ISS National Lab is to advance science research and technology development, expand human knowledge, inspire and educate the next generation, foster commercial development within space-based science, and demonstrate the capabilities of this science for Earth benefit.

To execute this mission, CASIS seeks technologies, research platforms, and operational concepts that enable new capabilities or improve existing resources on ISS, toward Earth benefits.

“The ISS is perhaps the most unique research and technical platform humans have ever created, and through this RFP we can seek ways to improve how research is conducted in a controlled space-based environment,” said CASIS Director of Portfolio Management, Warren Bates. “The continued enhancement of the station will provide additional opportunities to expand the CASIS research portfolio, entice additional users, and ensure that the ISS will continue to be a cutting-edge instrument for innovation.”

For additional information about this RFP, including instructions and information regarding enabling technologies, CASIS, and the ISS please visit:

Step-1 Proposals must be submitted electronically by 5pm EDT on April 10, 2014 via the CASIS solicitations website page. In order to submit a final Step-2 Proposal, a Step-1 Proposal must be filed and approved by the CASIS research pathway department. Invited Step-2 Proposals will be due June 27, 2014.

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