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Funding News - International Space Station

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NINDS invites applications for biomedical research on the International Space Station (ISS). This announcement is made together with 8 other NIH components.

This initiative encourages biomedical research in space to increase understanding of human physiology and health on Earth. It is intended to announce the availability of the ISS as a national laboratory and to encourage applications for biomedical research on the molecular or cellular level that will use the unique microgravity and radiation environment and resources available on the ISS.

Research topics of interest to NINDS include, but are not limited to, effects of: microgravity on development, plasticity, and neurobiology within the central nervous system (CNS), spatial orientation, visuo-motor performance, and autonomic nervous system regulation; radiation in orbit on tumor risk and growth within CNS tissue; and ISS environmental cycles, such as light-dark and radiation, on biological rhythms.

Letters of Intent Receipt Date: August 31, 2009
Application Receipt Date: September 30, 2009

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Merrill Mitler, Program Director, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience Cluster, NINDS; telephone: 301-496-9964; fax: 301-402-2060; email: For more information visit