USE OF THE NASA PHYSICAL SCIENCES INFORMATICS SYSTEM--APPENDIX C
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Headquarters | Published September 6, 2016 - Deadline December 15, 2016
This National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA) solicits ground-based research proposals from established researchers and graduate students to generate new scientific insights by utilizing experimental data residing in NASA's Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system (http://psi.nasa.gov), an online database of past and current physical science microgravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) and the Space Shuttle. The solicitation (NNH15ZTT001N-15PSI_C), entitled "Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System - Appendix C," will be available on or about September 15, 2016. Upon release, the solicitation will be found via the following steps:
1. Open the NSPIRES homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ 2. Select "Solicitations" 3. Select "Open Solicitations"4. Select "Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System NNH15ZTT001N" 5. Select List of Open Program Elements 6. Select "Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System - Appendix C" 7. Select "Appendix C NNH15ZTT001N-15PSI_C" under Announcement Documents.
NASA plans to host a proposers' conference via WebEx shortly after the release of the Appendix to provide more information and to answer questions about the NRA and the PSI system.
NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program conducts fundamental and applied physical sciences research, with the objective of enabling improved space systems and technological advances that support new products and other benefits on Earth. NASA's experiments in the various disciplines of physical science reveal how physical systems respond to the near absence of gravity. They also reveal how other forces that on Earth are small, as compared to gravity, can dominate system behavior in space.
The PSI system is an online database of science data from past and current physical science ISS and the Space Shuttle flight experiments. It is designed as a tool for investigators to expand upon the valuable research performed on the ISS and the Space Shuttle using it to further science in accordance with the open science approach, while also meeting the requirements of the President's Open Data Policy. This NRA solicits ground-based research proposals that present a compelling case on how the experimental data from the PSI system will be used to promote the advancement of further research. Proposers must show a clear path from the scientific data obtained from the PSI system to the proposed investigation. In addition, the project must address an important problem in the proposed area of research and advance scientific knowledge or technology.
The main NRA will remain open for two years, with multiple opportunities to propose planned to be provided through a series of appendices (A, B, C, ...) This announcement is for the release of the third of the appendices, Appendix C, which solicits proposals in the five research areas for which experimental data will available in the PSI by the Appendix C proposal due date: Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics and Materials Science. The Appendix specifically solicits proposals that utilize data from eligible investigations in the PSI. The eligible investigations at the time of the release of this synopsis are provided in the paragraph below. The Appendix will be amended, if necessary, with an updated list of eligible investigations before the proposal due date. Proposals for Appendix C will be due on or around December 15, 2016.
At the time of the release of this synopsis, the following investigations are eligible for Appendix C. Data for these investigations are currently available in the PSI system (http://psi.nasa.gov), and proposers are encouraged to start examining the data in the system even before the Appendix is released.
For Combustion Science, the investigations include BASS (Burning and Suppression of Solids), DAFT (Dust and Aerosol Measurement Feasibility Test), DAFT-2 (Dust and Aerosol Measurement Feasibility Test-2), FLEX (Flame Extinguishment Experiment), SAME (Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiment), SAME-R (Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiment Reflight), SLICE (Structure and Liftoff in Combustion Experiment), and SPICE (Smoke Point in Coflow Experiment).
For Complex Fluids, the investigations include ACE-M1 (Advanced Colloids Experiment-Microscopy - 1), BCAT-3 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test - 3), BCAT-4 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test - 4), BCAT-5 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test - 5), BCAT-6 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test - 6), InSPACE-3 (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Ellipsoids-3), InSPACE-3+ (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Ellipsoids-3+), PCS (Physics of Colloids in Space), PHaSE (Physics of Hard Spheres Experiment), SHERE (Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment), SHERE II (Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment II), and SHERE-R (Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment Reflight).
For Fluid Physics, the investigations include CCF (Capillary Channel Flow), CFE (Capillary Flow Experiment), CVB (Constrained Vapor Bubble), CVB-2 (Constrained Vapor Bubble - 2), MABE (Microheater Array Heater Boiling Experiment), and NPBX (Nucleate Pool Boiling Experiment).
For Fundamental Physics, the eligible investigations include DECLIC-ALI (Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization - Alice Like Insert), GRADFLEX (Gradient Driven Fluctuation Experiment), and PKE-Nefedov & PK-3+ (Dusty Plasma).
For Materials Science, the investigations include CSLM (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures), CSLM-2 (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures - 2), CSLM-2R (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures - 2 Reflight), CSLM-3 (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures - 3), IDGE (Isothermal Dendritic Growth Experiment), ISSI (In-Space Soldering Investigation), MICAST/CSS 6 & 7 (Comparison of Structure and Segregation in Alloys Directionally Solidified in Terrestrial and Microgravity Environments), PFMI (Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation), and SUBSA (Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules).
This solicitation is applicable to researchers in all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers and other U.S. Government agencies. This NRA is soliciting proposals from two types of investigators: 1) established researchers from all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, NASA Centers and other Government agencies; 2) graduate students (with advisors) from accredited U.S. postsecondary institutions and programs. The proposals from graduate students must be submitted by their advisor. Principal Investigators (PIs) may collaborate with investigators from universities, Federal Government laboratories, the private sector, state and local government laboratories, and other countries. Proposals including international participation are eligible, provided NASA policies regarding the conduct of research with non-U.S. organizations are met.
Proposals must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Proposals must be submitted electronically. Proposers may use either NSPIRES (http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ ) or Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov ) for proposal submission.
Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this NRA must be registered with NSPIRES, and such registration must identify the authorized organization representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. Instructions on how to register in NSPIRES are provided in the NRA. Each electronic proposal system places requirements on the registration of principal investigators and other participants (e.g., co-investigators). Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information. Questions with regard to responding to this NRA may be addressed to the contacts referenced in the full solicitation document.
This is a broad agency announcement as specified in FAR 6.102 (d)(2). Notwithstanding the posting of this opportunity at FedBizOpps.gov, nspires.nasaprs.com, or Grants.gov, NASA reserves the right to determine the appropriate award instrument for each proposal selected pursuant to this announcement.