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JAXA welcomes proposals to be conducted onboard Kibo

Last Updated: June 29, 2012

All times are Japan Standard Time (JST)

JAXA welcomes your proposals of the experiment to be conducted in or later than Japanese FY 2014 (from April, 2014 to March, 2015), onboard the Japanese Experiment Module(JEM), Kibo, of the International Space Station (ISS).

For the prioritization of Kibo utilization, JAXA has defined its Kibo Utilization scenarios toward 2020, in the fields of "life science", "space medicine", and "physical science" based on an international research trend and our current achievements of the ISS program and Kibo. The scenarios summarize prioritized areas for each research field in order to generate research results with fundamental researches on Kibo.

Summary of "Utilization scenarios toward 2020"[PDF: 519.7KB]

This time, in addition to the traditional application to accept "General Research Proposals" (any experiment proposals based on freewheeling thinking), we newly accept "Prioritized Research Proposals" that must satisfy the prioritized goals in the above scenarios. We look forward to your proposals that can make full use of Kibo's unique environment and will have major impacts on science technology, industry, and society.

Outline of Application (The information below is subject to change. Please contact below for the latest information)

Experiment proposal application closed. We thank you for a lot of applications.

Application acceptance period

  • Tentative acceptance period: April 10 (Tue), 2012 to June 8 (Fri), 2012
  • Formal acceptance period: April 10 (Tue), 2012 to June 29 (Fri), 2012

(Application must be postmarked on or before June 29, 2012. Application by e-mail or hand delivery must arrive no later than 5:00 pm on June 29, 2012.)

Overview of application


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1. Prioritized Research Proposals

a)Areas of research: Research purpose must satisfy the prioritized goals in the following areas of "Scenarios for ISS/Kibo Utilization"

① in the field of Life Science

② in the field of Space Medicine

③ in the field of Physical Science(*)

(*) "Physical Science" covers materials processing, crystal growth, fluid science, combustion science, fundamental science etc..

b) Research environment: The Pressurized Module (PM) of Kibo, basically.

c) Major conditions:

  • Any research team led by Principal Investigator(PI), who belongs to an organization in Japan.
  • The research team shall consist of more than one research groups and shall maintain the team structure under the coordination by PI until the end of research activity.

d) Scheduled time for theme selection: around October, 2012

2. General Research Proposals

a)Areas of research: Scientific research (including human research), industrial use and contribution to society, technology development.

b) Research environment:

  • In the Pressurized Module (PM) of Kibo (existing experiment facilities and equipment(*), utilization of space inside PM)
  • (*) Available facilities and equipment are RYUTAI Rack(Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF), Solution Crystallization Observation Facility (SCOF), Protein Crystallization Facility (PCRF), Image Processing Unit (IPU)), KOBAIRO Rack(Gradient Heating Furnace(GHF)), SAIBO Rack(Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF), Clean Bench (CB)), MSPR(Chamber for Combustion Experiment(CCE), Aquatic Habitat(AQH), Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF)), and so on.

  • On the Exposed Facility (EF) of Kibo (using simple experiment system, without development of major experiment equipment)

c) Major conditions:

  • Principle Investigator(PI) belongs to an organization in Japan
  • PI, sharing roles with JAXA, shall maintain the team structure until the end of research activity.

d) Scheduled time for theme selection: around September, 2012


If you have any questions or concerns, including technical questions about your application, please feel free to contact to the below.

Department of Science and Applications, Japan Space Forum

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