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Expedition 39 flight engineer and NASA astronaut Steve Swanson activates the Veggie plant growth system and Veg-01 experiment in the Columbus module on the International Space Station.

Galactic Grant Competition to fund space station research

Massachusetts announced a “Galactic Grant Competition” for life science companies based in the commonwealth to conduct research on the International Space Station.

The grant competition will be open for applications from Dec. 1, 2014 through April 3, 2015 and will encourage companies to take advantage of the distinct attributes of the ISS research platform for life sciences initiatives.

The competition is funded by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), an investment agency that supports life sciences innovation, research, development and commercialization. For this competition, MLSC is working in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, a nonprofit organization responsible for managing and promoting research onboard the ISS U.S. National Laboratory.

"Massachusetts-based companies will have a unique opportunity to access the International Space Station – a one-of-a kind platform for applied research projects that will help bring new therapies and cures to market," said Susan Windham-Bannister, president and CEO of the MLSC.

Interested companies and researchers are encouraged to attend information sessions that will take place December 2014 through February 2015. Up to $500,000 is available to support flight projects from any life sciences company with operations in Massachusetts.

An additional $50,000 will be invested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education initiatives that will aim to connect Massachusetts students to the ISS with unique content and student research opportunities.

Posted by GCN Staff on Nov 14, 2014 at 10:48 AM


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