- Summary of the solicitation
The purpose of the international solicitation of life science and space medicine
research themes is to obtain the maximum results utilizing the limited experiment
equipment and resources of the International Space Station (ISS). The solicitation
and selection of the research themes are managed by the International Life Science
Working Group, composed of representative members from the US, Europe, Canada
and Japan. The 1998 solicitation was opened in June and closed in January 1999.
The research proposals will be received by the space organizations of the
individual participating countries, then evaluated and selected by an international
panel. Research theme proposers can use any of the equipment offered by the participating
- Participating space organizations
The participating space organizations are the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA), Canadian Space Agency (CSA),
National Space Research Center of France (CNES), German Space Agency (DLR), and
National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA).
(1)Subject of the solicitation
were solicited in the field of life science and space medicine.
themes will be flown during the early stage of the ISS and Japanese Experiment
Module (JEM), from 2001 through 2003. Also, Space Shuttle mission STS-117, which
will be flown to supplement the ISS early stage utility opportunities, will be
(2)Conditions for solicitation
No conditions were
applied with regards to the nationality of the experiment theme proposer or the
location of his or her organization.
|Reception started||:||June 1, 1998|
|Reception closed||:||Aug. 3, 1998|
|Proposal submission due date (domestic)||:||Sep.
|Proposal submission due date (international)||:||Oct.
(4)Selection. [Term is subject to change.]
- Preliminary selection conducted by individual participating organizations
[Till Sep. 1998]
- International scientific evaluation by the panel composed
of international reseatchers.
[From Jan. to Feb. 1999]
- International feasibility
engineering evaluation by participating organizations.
[From Jan. to Mar.
- Re-evaluation by individual participating organizations. Each organization
prioritizes the themes, considering consistency with political opinion or budget.
[By Mar. 1999]
- Based on the results of the procedures above, final themes
will be selected in an international meeting considering available resources.
[By Apr., 1999]
The budget for the selected themes
will be negotiated between the proposing organization and NASDA. The budget includes
preparation costs and costs for ground post-experiment analysis. NASDA will not
share the expense for themes proposed by foreign organizations.
NASDA's Space Environment Utilization Committee will perform
preliminary selections or re-evaluation in Japan.
- Experiment equipment
offered by NASDA
Biology Experiment Facility (See Notes 1 and 2.)|
Bench (See Notes. 1 and 3.)|
Radiation Monitoring Device (RRMD), and Bonner Ball Neutron Detector BBND.|
1.||Items (1) and (2) include all of the devices on the life
science common experiment facility which are available during the corresponding
incubator with controlled temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide density. It
has a small centrifuge which enables generating artificial gravity. Results of
the experiments conducted under different artificial gravity levels can be compared.|
|Note 3.||Offers a bacteria-free
clean environment; equipped with a fluorescent microscope.|
- Experiment devices offered by participating space organizations
The NASA offers a total of 43 devices (18 medicine research devices, 8 biological
devices including revised animal experiment devices, and 17 support devices).
An additional four devices developed cooperatively by NASA and ESA will also be
available. ESA will offer three devices including biolab. DLR will also offer
three devices including Lower Body Negative Pressure. CSA will offer two devices
including an insect incubating device, and Japan will offer three devices. A total
of 58 devices will be available.
science multiuser facilities
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