Nov 12, 2014

CASIS Extends Deadline for Solicitation Focused on Earth Observation to Benefit Energy Technology

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The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory, announced today that December 15, 2014 is the new Step-1 Proposal submission deadline for its “Earth Observation to Benefit Energy Technology” Request for Proposals (RFP).

“Because of significant interest and questions from the research community, CASIS is extending the deadline for this solicitation to ensure that everyone has sufficient time to have all inquiries answered and be confident in their proposal submissions,” said CASIS Director of Portfolio Management Warren Bates.

Step-1 Proposals must be submitted electronically by 5pm EST on December 15, 2014 via the CASIS solicitations website page. In order to submit a final Step-2 Proposal, a Step-1 Proposal must be filed and approved by CASIS. With today’s announcement, invited Step-2 Proposals will now be due on March 12, 2015.

The RFP seeks applications directed towards utilization of the ISS National Lab by commercial and academic investigators for Earth observation research projects in the field of energy. Proposals should seek to use the ISS National Lab as an Earth observation platform for studies with the goal of identifying or improving terrestrial applications for energy capture, storage, and/or sustainability.

Examples of studies include (but are not limited to) identifying, siting, or monitoring solar parks, wind parks, and water resources. There is also the potential for biomass energy applications and sensing technology related to the oil, gas, and coal industries. Proposals may seek to use both internal and external ISS hardware platforms.

For additional information about this RFP, including instructions and information regarding energy development, CASIS, and the ISS please visit: