Published: 
Oct 13, 2022

Amendment 59: Space Biology Changes

The Space Biology Program solicits and funds research that will increase NASA’s understanding of how living systems respond to the unique environments that are encountered during space exploration, including the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) environment inside the International Space Station and deep space conditions beyond LEO, including transit to and maintenance in Lunar and Martian environments. More information about the Space Biology Program can be found at: https://science.nasa.gov/biological-physical/programs/space-biology. The ROSES Space Biology program elements discussed below, cover studies that characterize the biological responses of living organisms/living systems to stressors encountered during space flight.

ROSES-2022 Amendment 59 announces two changes: First, E.10 Space Biology animal research will not be solicited in ROSES-2022. It is anticipated that it will be solicited in ROSES-2023. Second, ROSES program element E.9, which was previously "Space Biology: Plant Research" is now entitled "Space Biology Research". The specific research emphases of E.9 Space Biology Research will be announced with the official release of final text via amendment to ROSES, which NASA anticipates will be in December. It is anticipated that this program element will focus on increasing NASA's understanding of how organisms respond to environments encountered during space exploration, including the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) environment inside the International Space Station and deep space conditions beyond LEO, including transit to and maintenance in Lunar and Martian environments. Therefore, this program element will solicit solely investigations to characterize how living systems respond and adapt to stressors in spaceflight or spaceflight-like environment. Final Text and due dates for this program element will be announced no fewer than 90 days in advance of the proposal due date.

On or about October 13, 2022, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2022" (NNH22ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at https://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2022.

Questions concerning either of these space biology programs may be directed to Sharmila Bhattacharya at spacebiology@nasaprs.com.