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.
To accomplish these goals, CASIS has at its disposal several tools, resources and
- Seed money—Some $3 million is available to help fund promising research projects
and product development. CASIS can also connect researchers with third-party
investors and financiers.
- Expertise—Seasoned professional aerospace teams are on hand to help develop
payloads and integrate systems. Experts can also help with postflight data analysis.
- Access to launch—CASIS works with proven launch providers around the world to get
your payload to station.
- Administrative support—CASIS is set up to cut through red tape to facilitate quick
access to space.
- Educational outreach—By working with NASA, commercial partners, foundations,
universities and new technology companies, CASIS can create projects and curricula to
teach and inspire students across the country.