ASEN 5016 Homework
Space Life Science
Using the same general formatting
as specified for HW1, again 5 page, double spaced maximum text, not counting
bibliography, separate title page, budget or CV, prepare a research proposal in
response to an RFP soliciting space life sciences experiments for ISS space
flight opportunities. This should
ideally be a follow on to your review paper topic. If you want to switch to a
different area than what you did in homework 1, check with me for approval
The proposals can be for basic or
applied studies, including further characterization of a physiological response
or evaluation of a potential countermeasure to a known detrimental physiological
Submit electronic file (MS Word,
PC compatible) via email and 1 hardcopy in class. (Note: CAETE students can submit electronic
Please title the electronic
submittal with your last name only (e.g., Smith.doc), and embed the budget and
CV into one single comprehensive file with the proposal text, do not
submit as 3 separate files!
The following outline is intended
to help you organize your proposal.
There are certain circumstances that will not fit cleanly within each of
the categories outlined below, so use as applicable with content added/deleted
where needed. Check with me if you have
questions. Be sure to use subheaders to clearly indicate
the different sections: Intro, Background/Rationale,
Hypothesis/Aims, Methods for isolating/measuring/controlling
the relevant variables, Expected Results and Conclusions.
the title of your proposed research project, your name, affiliation (CU),
submittal date, and course info on a cover page – this is not included in 5 page limit
summarize the literature (from your HW1 review article) that leads up to
and logically supports the need for continued experimentation on your
selected topic and in Introduction to the proposed study. This should present the basic underlying
premises/arguments/need/speculation for additional research that you are
Note: You should explicitly cite NASA programmatic rationale in this
section from the NASA Human Research Roadmap http://humanresearchroadmap.nasa.gov/
your specific hypothesis, including sub-hypotheses if needed. (Ideally, in
the form of true/false or yes/no oriented statement.) These can also be stated as specific
‘aims’ of the research. What are your ‘success criteria’?
is/are the primary Dependent Variable(s) associated with your experiment?
is the primary (ideally only one) Independent Variable?
are the relevant Constant parameters that must be monitored and/or
there any other potentially confounding variables not described above?
the general protocol and supporting hardware for the tests that you will
need to conduct in your lab (on Earth) to give evidence that reproducible
results can be expected. You can cite prior similar studies for this.
why/how you would expect space flight to affect these ground-based
results. Be as specific as
possible, including duration of study.
the functional requirements and/or any unique capabilities of hardware
that you will need to conduct this experiment in space.
the general flow of pre-flight events that must take place in the
days/hours prior to launch such as final sample preparation, subject
baseline data collection, hardware loading, etc.
the general in-flight operations needed to carry out your experimental
objectives and whether they involve crew time or can be automated. If crew time is needed, give estimated
event durations and periodicity.
your plan for post-flight sample processing or data collection that requires
immediate attention after the shuttle lands.
analyses will need to be done to either prove or disprove your above
in general how you will present the results for publication. Plots, bar
charts, etc. showing notional or predicted trends, labeled as ‘expected
outcomes’. Did you answer the
hypothesis and/or meet the aims?
the conclusion(s) that you will be able to firmly draw from these results
and any further speculation/suggestions you care to offer. Think of this
as assessing if the ‘success criteria’ were met.
(same format as HW1) – not included
in 5 page limit
a detailed budget breakdown needed to support this project from CU. Include relevant salaries, equipment
and/or travel costs with overhead and benefits (we will discuss this in
class at a later date) – not
included in 5 page limit
a Curriculum Vitae, (CV) 2 page max (also will be discussed later) – not included in 5 page limit
If you have any questions regarding how the needs for
your proposal might differ from the list suggested above, let me know before
you go too far along.
The following link to ISS research projects
may be of use in writing your proposal as an additional resource for ideas and
Space Research: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news.html