Education Research Announcement Connecting Students to the International Space Station through Digital Engagement – Parabolic Arc


KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., March 18, 2022 (CASIS PR) – The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory, today released a new research solicitation focused on education and digital engagement in using the unique strengths of the in-orbit laboratory. The ISS National Laboratory (NLRA) Research Announcement “Leveraging the ISS National Laboratory to Enable Digital Engagement in K-12 and Higher Education” is open to US-based entities who seek to establish or develop programs and products for students of all ages, especially those in underserved communities. This research announcement will include up to $400,000 in total funding for several selected projects.

Currently, there are over 25 educational programs in partnership with the ISS National Laboratory through Space Station Explorers. With this research announcement, the ISS National Laboratory seeks to expand programming targeting K-12 and higher education communities. In addition, this opportunity aims to improve digitization and online access to educational programs related to the ISS.

Concepts submitted in response to this announcement must specifically indicate how proposed initiatives will target and reach underrepresented demographic groups and must also meet at least one of the following objectives:

  • Grow the content and impact of Space Station Explorers by developing digital engagement platforms to increase student and educator participation in existing or new partner programs, including online educational products.
  • To create higher education initiatives that provide students enrolled in US colleges and universities with opportunities to increase diversity, equality, and inclusion in space research, technology development, and LEO commercialization.
  • Digitize space-based K-12 or higher education programs.

The ISS National Laboratory will host an informational webinar on March 29, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to review the objectives of the research announcement, discuss space station-related educational opportunities, and answer questions from potential nominators. To register, please visit the webinar registration page.

This research announcement will follow a two-step proposal submission process. Before being invited to submit a full proposal, all interested researchers must submit a Stage 1: Concept Summary for consideration. Stage 1: Concept summaries are due by end of day May 9, 2022. Stage 2: Full proposals (of those invited to submit) will be due by end of day July 19, 2022.

To learn more about this opportunity, including how to submit a Stage 1: Concept Summary, please visit the Research Announcement webpage. To learn more about the ISS National Lab and the science it sponsors, please visit

About the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory

The International Space Station (ISS) is a one-of-a-kind laboratory that enables research and technological development not possible on Earth. As a public service company, the ISS National Laboratory enables researchers to leverage this multi-user facility to improve life on Earth, evolve space business models, advance the science culture of the future workforce and develop a sustainable and scalable market in low earth orbit. Through this in-orbit National Laboratory, ISS research resources are available to support non-NASA science, technology, and educational initiatives of U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, Inc. (CASIS) operates the ISS National Laboratory, under a cooperative agreement with NASA, facilitating access to its permanent research environment in microgravity, a powerful vantage point in low Earth orbit, and the extreme and varied conditions of space. To learn more about the ISS National Lab, visit


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