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Funding News - NINDS Seeks Applications for Research Relevant to Space Flight

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) invites grant applications for ground-based research on basic, applied, and clinical biomedical and behavioral problems relevant to space flight. This announcement is made together with 9 other NIH institutes and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Space flight affords a unique opportunity to study and characterize basic biological and behavioral mechanisms in the absence of gravity—one of the fundamental forces that shapes life on earth. In addition, space flight presents unique environmental stressors to individuals, and the study of responses to these stressors will provide new insights into how organisms adapt.

Potential research areas include neurology, musculoskeletal biology, immunology, cardiovascular functioning, integrative physiology, cognition and problem solving under stress and isolation, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and drug delivery, and diagnosis and treatment of diseases or injury by both ground support and space flight crews. Use of hyper- or hypo-gravity, as research tools or models, is encouraged.

For more information, potential applicants should contact Dr. William Heetderks, Repair and Plasticity Cluster, NINDS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2207, Bethesda, MD 20892; telephone: (301) 496-1447; fax: (301) 402-1501; e-mail:

*For a full list of supporting NIH components and a more detailed description of this program announcement, please visit the web site at: