CASIS Innovationsin Space Award


This Award furthers the capability of tissue engineering scientists to utilize the microgravity environment in their thick-tissue vascularization research

The CASIS Innovations in Space Award adds to the New Organ Alliance portfolio by providing added benefit to
winning teams from the Vascular Tissue Challenge supported by NASA. One team will be provided the opportunity
to launch an experiment to the ISS National Laboratory that furthers their research on thick-tissue vascularization.
CASIS will provide the team with up to $200,000 in flight hardware costs, along with transportation to the ISS-NL,
support on station, and return of experimental samples to earth. Results from research conducted in microgravity
have the potential to advance the field of regenerative medicine and bring us closer to the goal of bioengineering
full organs and advanced tissue constructs that may help to end the organ shortage. This award is a first step in
supporting this exciting area of engineering innovation.


  • Awarded to a top team in the Vascular Tissue Challenge
  • Microgravity experiments furthering thick-tissue vascularization research
  • $200,000 support from CASIS for hardware costs
  • Experimental design mentoring from CASIS scientists
  • Transportation of experiment to the ISS National Laboratory
  • On Station Support and return of results from experiment


A review panel of scientists and
subject matter experts will select
recipients of the CASIS Innovations
in Space Award based upon their
spaceflight experiments proposed as
part of the Vascular Tissue Challenge.

Recipients of this
award must be
registered teams
in the Vascular
Tissue Challenge.

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In 2011, NASA chose the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to be the sole manager of the
International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. The mission of CASIS is to maximize use of this unparalleled
platform for innovation, which can benefit all humankind and inspire a new generation to look to the stars.

The organization has been awarded by NASA the responsibility of inciting the imagination of entrepreneurs
and scientists alike, accelerating and facilitating space-based research as well as creating public awareness
of National Lab research and making space science more accessible to the world.

By carefully selecting research and funding projects, by connecting investors looking for opportunity to
scientists with great ideas, and by making access to the station faster and easier, CASIS will drive scientific
inquiry toward developing groundbreaking new technologies and products that will tangibly affect our lives.

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