Space Life Sciences Award

The Space Life Sciences Award recognizes outstanding results in two broad categories of research: a) results of space life sciences research on the ISS or elsewhere that benefit humanity overall (e.g., medicine, genomics, etc.) and b) discoveries of importance to conducting the human exploration of space (e.g., effects of zero g and mitigation strategies.

Award Criteria


  • 2022 – Dr. Rob Feri and Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, for their twenty years of seminal plant science research on the ISS and in exploration environments, culminating in the first growth of plants in lunar regolith.
  • 2020-2021 – No Award Given
  • 2019 – Mark Ott
  • 2018 – Millard Reschke
  • 2017 – NASA Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS)
  • 2016 – No Award Given
  • 2015 – Brian E. Crucian
  • 2014 – Scott Smith