NASA has released the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) titled “Use of the NASA Physical Sciences Informatics System – Appendix F” on September 16, 2019. 

The NRA solicits ground-based research proposals – both experimental and numerical studies – utilizing experimental data residing in NASA’s Physical Sciences Informatics (PSI) system ( This online database provides investigators access to the raw and processed experimental data from physical science reduced-gravity flight experiments conducted on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Shuttle flights, Free Flyers, or commercial cargo flights to and from the ISS, and from related ground-based studies. The PSI system is a tool designed for researchers to data mine information from reduced-gravity physical sciences experiments and use it to further science in accordance with the open science approach, while also meeting the requirements of the nation’s Open Data Policy. The current call for proposals solicits proposals in the five research areas – Combustion Science, Complex Fluids, Fluid Physics, Fundamental Physics, and Materials Science – for which eligible experimental data will be available in the PSI by the proposal due date of December 16, 2019. Data from 63 investigations are eligible for this NRA. The call is open to two types of investigators: established researchers and graduate students. The award for each proposal selected will be a maximum of $100,000 per year for a total maximum award amount up to $200,000 for a two-year period.

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NASA plans to conduct a proposers’ conference via WebEx at 2 pm Eastern Time on October 8, 2019. To participate, navigate to and enter the meeting information: meeting number: 909 907 088 / meeting password: rPTgbB@4. To hear the audio for the conference, call 1-844-467-4685 and enter the conference passcode: 544479#. If you want to submit questions about the PSI or the NRA before the conference, please send your questions to For additional information, see the PSI website.

Milestones connected to this NRA:

Sep 16, 2019 – Release NRA Appendix F

Oct 8, 2019 – Conduct Proposers’ Conference via WebEx

Oct 28, 2019 – Notices of Intent Due

Dec 16, 2019 – Proposals Due

June 15, 2020 – Announce Selections (target)

If you have any questions about the NRA or the PSI system, please do not hesitate to contact the PSI NRA team.


Fran Chiaramonte, Preethi Manoharan, Teresa Miller, Cheryl Payne, Karen Stevens, and Harri Vanhala