Notice – Potential announcements of opportunity for science investigations relating to human health risks in space

Health and Life Sciences (HLS) Data and Sample Mining, HLS Research Models and Human Analog Studies

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Table of contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Objectives
  3. Planned eligibility and evaluation criteria
  4. Important notes

1. Purpose

To achieve the goal of enabling future human long space missions on the International Space Station (ISS) and beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO), research initiatives are needed to better understand the health risks associated with spaceflight and to develop countermeasures that mitigate these risks. The purpose of this Advanced Notice (AN) is to inform the Canadian academic community that the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) intends to proceed with the posting of three Announcements of Opportunity (AOs) as part of its Grants and Contributions (G&C) Program.

2. Objectives

In line with the vision and priorities stated in the new Space Strategy for Canada - to realize the full potential of the Canadian space sector to be a leader in exploration, science excellence and innovation and deliver socio-economic benefits to improve life for all Canadians, to enable scientific opportunities and global partnerships, and to harness space to solve everyday challenges for Canadians - the intent of these AOs will be to provide financial support to researchers in Canadian Universities and post-secondary institutions to conduct science investigations that will lead to a better understanding of human spaceflight risks while contributing to improve remote medicine and health care benefits here on Earth.

More specifically, the CSA seeks to:

The following three AOs are considered:

It is foreseen that the funding opportunities will support research initiatives taking place in Canada but may also support participation of Canadian researchers in international research activities such as European Space Agency (ESA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Human Analog initiatives, or access data or samples from national or international databases.

The AN is published to alert researchers of these potential AOs and encourage them to seek agreements with sources of data or samples, identify relevant model organisms or organoids for human space flight research, or look for opportunities to join human analog projects.

The CSA intends to publish these AOs in the late spring of .

Interested researchers are invited to visit CSA's website to find out more about HLS activities.

3. Planned eligibility and evaluation criteria

Planned eligibility criteria for these potential AOs are:

Evaluation criteria:

The standard evaluation process from the CSA's G&C Program will be used, including assessment of Scientific Merit, Benefits to Canada, Feasibility, Resources and Risks. Additional criteria specific to these solicitations may be added.

Under this evaluation, the following factors (among others) will be considered:

Some evaluation criteria will be specific to each AO. For example, a sample and/or analysis management plan aligned with research best practices is expected and would be evaluated for HLS data and sample mining project proposals.

The CSA reserves the right to modify these criteria and the content of the AO will supersede information given here.

4. Important notes

This AN is not an AO and it is not to be considered as a commitment to issue a subsequent AO. No grant agreement will be established based on this AN. The issuance of this AN is not to be considered in any way a commitment by the Government of Canada, nor as authority to those interested in participating to undertake any commitments that could be charged to Canada.

The description given at points one to three of the present AN could be changed without notice between now and the date of the publication of the AOs.

This notice is subject to change. If necessary, these changes will be published on the CSA website. It is recommended checking the site regularly. No question will be answered at this stage.

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