Focused Investigation Project (FIP) Program
To allow TRISH management to nimbly respond to NASA’s needs or to new research and technology opportunities, a small portion of the total research budget is allocated toward non-solicited research and development projects.
Projects can include:
- Investigator-initiated projects that represent timely and exciting opportunities but whose focus fall outside recent or planned topic-focused solicitations; or
- Projects requested by TRISH management of investigators with specialized knowledge or resources.
We are particularly interested in FIPs that have the potential to reduce NASA Human Research Program’s risks of highest priority for long duration spaceflight missions (also known as the “red risks”). This prioritization of the human health and performance risks may be subject to change according to planned space exploration missions.
The Translational Research Institute for Space Health seeks innovative, unconventional, and cross-cutting work that enables and enhances human exploration of space beyond low-Earth orbit.
Important considerations when applying:
- TRISH is especially interested in cutting edge approaches that enable revolutionary advances for humans in space;
- TRISH encourages methods that are out-of-the-box, challenge assumptions, and could lead to extraordinary outcomes;
- TRISH’s mission is to identify unique, non-traditional approaches to NASA’s risks. TRISH will NOT fund any proposed project that is deemed appropriate to be funded directly by NASA;
- TRISH does not fund incremental advances to existing approaches or methods;
- Innovative and unconventional approaches are strongly encouraged; and
- The FIP mechanism is especially well-suited to small, short, pilot projects or proof-of-principle projects.
Unsolicited proposals that do not address high priority NASA HRP risks are not cutting-edge, or exceed $100K/1 year may not be reviewed. Requests for higher amounts and longer duration will only be considered in special circumstances.