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March 20, 1996

NASA AWARDS MICROGRAVITY COMBUSTION RESEARCH GRANTS NASA has selected 20 researchers to receive grants totaling more than $7 million for microgravity combustion research. Sponsored by NASAÕs Office of Life and Microgravity Science and Applications, Washington, DC, combustion research involves many important technology applications, including fuel efficient automobiles, pollution control, fire safety and space propulsion. Combustion researchers use the low-gravity environment of space as a tool to gain new insights into these physical and chemical processes. Seventeen of the grants are for ground-based research, while the remaining three are for flight definition projects. Two of these grants are for continuation of work currently being funded by NASA; the remaining 18 programs represent new research efforts. The investigators will utilize NASAÕs microgravity research facilities such as drop tubes, drop towers, aircraft flying parabolic trajectories and sounding rockets, with the flight-definition investigators working toward experiments on a space flight test bed. NASA received 110 proposals in response to this research announcement. These proposals were all peer reviewed by scientific and technical experts from academia, government and industry. In addition, proposals selected for flight definition were reviewed in terms of engineering feasibility by a team from NASAÕs Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH. The list of the grant recipients follows. -endNASA press releases and other information are available

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