Research Announcements

ESA issues research announcements at regular intervals. These announcements are the official access routes for institutional users to use the research facilities managed by ESA's Directorate of Human Spaceflight. Announcements of Opportunity are issued for each discipline: physical sciences, life sciences, technology, Earth observation and space science. Some announcements are coordinated with our International Space Station partners, for example in specific areas of life and physical sciences. These International Announcements of Opportunity allow for a worldwide scientific competition and cooperation, by forming the best scientific teams, as well as offering access to the instruments from all Space Station partners. The European announcements refer to pre-competitive application areas frequently involving European industries.


Investigations into Biological Effects of Radiation Using the GSI Accelerator Facility 

Cosmic radiation is considered the main health hazard for human exploration and colonization of the solar system: crew members may be exposed to different doses and qualities of radiation, threatening life quality and individual survivability, thereby disrupting mission success. To address these issues, ESA announces an opportunity to propose investigations into biological effects of space radiation using the accelerator facility of the GSI. Experiments should contribute to improved risk assessments or study countermeasures to allow safe and stable human space exploration with acceptable risk from exposure to space radiation. 

ESA's new Continously Open Research Announcement for Investigations into the Biological Effects of Space Radiation

Exposure of crewmembers to cosmic radiation and its effects on the human body is considered as the main showstopper for long-duration exploration human missions and future colonisation of the solar system. To advance our knowledge of the effects of cosmis radiation and to promote identification of appropriate countermeasures, ESA invites interested scientists to apply to the new Continuously Open Research Announcement CORA-IBER programme . This open call allows scientist to make use of beamtimes available at 5 European state-of-the-art radiation facilities in Europe (GANIL, France, AGOR KVI-CART, The Netherlands, HIT, Germany, UPTD, Germany and TIFPA, Italy) to address topics related to Biological Effects of Radiation. Information on the programme, details on the participating facilities and how to apply can be found in the links below. 


Research capabilities offered by ground based facilities not only improve the preparation of space experiments, but can also further scientific knowledge of the basic influence of gravity or other space or planetary conditions on life-, physical-, and interdisciplinary- processes in general.

The advantage of using ground based facilities will also considerably increase the potential for experimenting under simulated space conditions as compared to real space and microgravity access possibilities, which at present are still limited.

This will allow for more comprehensive research programmes, making them compatible with Earth-based research activities, and will favour the development of a strong community of scientists from all disciplines keen to include space-relevant research into their daily scientific activities.

Fast-track evolution

In order to better respond to requests to access a ground-based facility, ESA has implemented a fast-track evaluation process for proposals with a maximum cost for ESA of 50 000 Euro. Proposals within that range are evaluated at any time, and independently of the classical international announcement of opportunities.

 - Continuously Open Research Announcement (pdf)
 - Continuously Open Research Announcement proposal form (doc)

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