Casis Innovations in 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.

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.

The Prize

This prize will be awarded to a top team in the Vascular Tissue Challenge. 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.


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.

This prize will only be given to the top winner of the Vascular Tissue Challenge.

Register your team to be considered.

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.

Prize FAQs

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