NASA Offers $500K Grants for Space Food Production Innovation

NASA and the Canadian Space Agency offered a $500k grant for ideas on growing space food for their Deep Space Food Challenge.

People in the United States can compete to design nutritious food systems for missions to Mars and beyond.

According to NASA, future space explorers need nutritious foods they will enjoy and to avoid reliance on freeze-dried food.

Teams are invited to create novel and game-changing food technologies or systems that require minimal inputs and maximize safe, nutritious, and palatable food outputs for long-duration space missions, and which have potential to benefit people on Earth,” said NASA. 

Grace Douglas, NASA’s lead scientist for advanced food technology at Johnson Space Center explained that there was a need for fresh ideas from the outside. 

“Raising awareness will help us reach people in a variety of disciplines that may hold the key to developing these new technologies,” said Douglas. 

All entrants must register by May 28 while their Phase 1 ideas must be submitted by July 30. 

NASA will award $25,000 to up 20 of their favorite ideas from the first round which would make them eligible for the second phase. 

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