The Catalyst Grants Program
Opens Jan 18 2021 08:00 AM (CST)
Description

**Catalyst funds are fully obligated. TRISH will review and consider Catalyst proposals beginning in Fall 2022, contingent upon available funds.** 

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is tasked with identifying and supporting disruptive, high-risk approaches for deep space flight. Realizing that these cutting-edge programs require time and investment to be successful, the Catalyst Grant permits funding for innovative, focused research that pertains to the TRISH mission of translating radically novel approaches to reduce health risk and optimize physical and/or behavioral performance during deep space exploration. TRISH recognizes the need to encourage innovation among the space health community, to attract companies with cutting-edge technologies and high-risk, high-reward ideas, and to translate existing technologies for use in space flight. The Catalyst Grant Program offers a streamlined method for carrying out proof-of-concept projects, directed technology development(s) for space health that address a critical need(s), and innovative projects that present opportunities outside of regularly scheduled solicitation cycles.

In keeping with the TRISH mission of translating radically novel approaches, TRISH science leadership may identify one or more aspects of the Catalyst Grants project(s) for further review, deeper investigation, or collaboration opportunities with other funded researchers.

Our primary goal is to help mitigate NASA Human Research Program’s (HRP) risks for long duration spaceflight missions. For more information, refer to the NASA Human Research Roadmap website. For more information on TRISH and NASA procurement mechanisms, please refer to NASA FAR Supplement https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/procurement/regs/NFS.pdf

**This prioritization of the human health and performance risks may be subject to change according to planned space exploration missions.

Eligibility
All categories of United States (U.S.) institutions and companies are eligible to submit proposals. Principal Investigators may collaborate with universities, the private sector, and federal, state, and local government laboratories. In all such arrangements, the applying entity is expected to be responsible for administering the project according to the management approach presented in the proposal. For our policy in international proposers and institutions, please refer to https://spacehealth.bcm.edu/res/p/applicantfaq/.

The applying entity must have in place a documented base of ongoing high quality research and development in science, healthcare, and technology, or in those areas of science, medicine, and engineering clearly relevant to the specific programmatic objectives and research emphases indicated in this document. Start-up companies should highlight their track record from previous positions in detail in the Team Member’s Biosketch.

Award information
Tier 1 projects consist of prototype or proof-of-concept (POC) projects, of maximum total amount <$150K and limited to 1-year.
Tier 2 projects consist of development, or capability building projects, of total amount of > $150K for up to two years.
All direct and indirect costs required by an institution must be included in the total cost of the award.

Catalyst Projects will INCLUDE projects:

  • Whose focus fall outside a currently-open, or recently-closed TRISH solicitation
  • That augment a new area of research to address a critical challenge for NASA HRP and TRISH.
  • With disruptive/paradigm shifting technologies or approaches (incremental projects will not be considered).
  • Unique, high-impact countermeasures to spaceflight hazards, such as galactic cosmic radiation.


Selected proposals will be funded as research grants; with Tier 2 proposals being funded in one-year increments. Additional funding allocations to participating investigators will be based on the submitted budget, available funds, programmatic alignment, and project review.

TRISH seeks research that enables and enhances human exploration of space beyond low-Earth orbit. Important considerations when applying:

  • TRISH encourages methods that are out-of-the-box, challenge assumptions, and could lead to extraordinary outcomes;
  • TRISH seeks new ways to partner with stakeholders, new ways to find promising technologies, or new ways to extend TRISH’s reach into emerging areas with the potential to reduce health risk AND/OR to optimize human (physical/behavioral) performance during deep space missions;
  • Catalyst proposals should not be deemed appropriate to be funded directly by NASA or through other TRISH open solicitations;
  • TRISH does not encourage proposals that emphasize incremental advances to existing approaches or methods.



The Catalyst Program Solicitation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

VASR Instructional Document

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The Catalyst Grants Program


**Catalyst funds are fully obligated. TRISH will review and consider Catalyst proposals beginning in Fall 2022, contingent upon available funds.** 

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is tasked with identifying and supporting disruptive, high-risk approaches for deep space flight. Realizing that these cutting-edge programs require time and investment to be successful, the Catalyst Grant permits funding for innovative, focused research that pertains to the TRISH mission of translating radically novel approaches to reduce health risk and optimize physical and/or behavioral performance during deep space exploration. TRISH recognizes the need to encourage innovation among the space health community, to attract companies with cutting-edge technologies and high-risk, high-reward ideas, and to translate existing technologies for use in space flight. The Catalyst Grant Program offers a streamlined method for carrying out proof-of-concept projects, directed technology development(s) for space health that address a critical need(s), and innovative projects that present opportunities outside of regularly scheduled solicitation cycles.

In keeping with the TRISH mission of translating radically novel approaches, TRISH science leadership may identify one or more aspects of the Catalyst Grants project(s) for further review, deeper investigation, or collaboration opportunities with other funded researchers.

Our primary goal is to help mitigate NASA Human Research Program’s (HRP) risks for long duration spaceflight missions. For more information, refer to the NASA Human Research Roadmap website. For more information on TRISH and NASA procurement mechanisms, please refer to NASA FAR Supplement https://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/procurement/regs/NFS.pdf

**This prioritization of the human health and performance risks may be subject to change according to planned space exploration missions.

Eligibility
All categories of United States (U.S.) institutions and companies are eligible to submit proposals. Principal Investigators may collaborate with universities, the private sector, and federal, state, and local government laboratories. In all such arrangements, the applying entity is expected to be responsible for administering the project according to the management approach presented in the proposal. For our policy in international proposers and institutions, please refer to https://spacehealth.bcm.edu/res/p/applicantfaq/.

The applying entity must have in place a documented base of ongoing high quality research and development in science, healthcare, and technology, or in those areas of science, medicine, and engineering clearly relevant to the specific programmatic objectives and research emphases indicated in this document. Start-up companies should highlight their track record from previous positions in detail in the Team Member’s Biosketch.

Award information
Tier 1 projects consist of prototype or proof-of-concept (POC) projects, of maximum total amount <$150K and limited to 1-year.
Tier 2 projects consist of development, or capability building projects, of total amount of > $150K for up to two years.
All direct and indirect costs required by an institution must be included in the total cost of the award.

Catalyst Projects will INCLUDE projects:

  • Whose focus fall outside a currently-open, or recently-closed TRISH solicitation
  • That augment a new area of research to address a critical challenge for NASA HRP and TRISH.
  • With disruptive/paradigm shifting technologies or approaches (incremental projects will not be considered).
  • Unique, high-impact countermeasures to spaceflight hazards, such as galactic cosmic radiation.


Selected proposals will be funded as research grants; with Tier 2 proposals being funded in one-year increments. Additional funding allocations to participating investigators will be based on the submitted budget, available funds, programmatic alignment, and project review.

TRISH seeks research that enables and enhances human exploration of space beyond low-Earth orbit. Important considerations when applying:

  • TRISH encourages methods that are out-of-the-box, challenge assumptions, and could lead to extraordinary outcomes;
  • TRISH seeks new ways to partner with stakeholders, new ways to find promising technologies, or new ways to extend TRISH’s reach into emerging areas with the potential to reduce health risk AND/OR to optimize human (physical/behavioral) performance during deep space missions;
  • Catalyst proposals should not be deemed appropriate to be funded directly by NASA or through other TRISH open solicitations;
  • TRISH does not encourage proposals that emphasize incremental advances to existing approaches or methods.



The Catalyst Program Solicitation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

VASR Instructional Document

Back to Solicitation List

Apply
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