NASA and the European Space Agency are separately soliciting proposals to either do research related to the coronavirus pandemic or to help provide relief services.
NASA needs ideas from its employees on how the agency can contribute to pandemic response efforts. They are invited to offer novel approaches to development of personal protective equipment and ventilators, as well as forecasting the spread of the disease and its effect on society. Ideas are expected to also find telemedicine applications. “As the nation comes together to confront this crisis, we must look at every opportunity for NASA to lend a hand and increase our contribution to America’s response,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. At the same time, NASA launched a website that will keep children engaged in science during a time when most schools are closed nationwide.
ESA is developing the project called “Space in response to COVID-19 outbreak in cooperation with the Italian government and is asking companies in Europe to submit proposals that can use space assets, like communications, navigation and Earth observation satellites, to support healthcare or education efforts in Italy. 2.5 million euros ($2.73 million) in funding as well as free satellite capacity as part of this project will help find solutions. . Companies are required to submit an initial “outline proposal” by April 20 for review by ESA.