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


  • 2019 – Mark Ott, for his advancement of our understanding of the discipline of spaceflight microbiology through research collaborations, and his tireless efforts to establish and reinforce the International Space Station as a microbial research platform, extending that opportunity to many others in the research community.
  • 2018 – Millard Reschke
  • 2017 – NASA Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS)
  • 2016 – No Award Given
  • 2015 – Brian E. Crucian
  • 2014 – Scott Smith