United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Zero-Gravity Instrument Project (ZGIP)

Application for the 3rd Cycle (2015-2017) is now open!

The "Zero-Gravity Instrument Project" (ZGIP) was initiated in 2012 as part of the Human Space Technology Initiative (HSTI)'s capacity-building activities, in which a fixed number of microgravity-simulating instruments, called Clinostats, have been distributed to selected schools and institutions worldwide.

The major objectives of the project are to provide unique opportunities for students and researchers to observe natural phenomena of samples under simulated microgravity conditions on the ground, and to inspire them to undertake further study in the field of space science and technology. The project is also aimed at creating datasets of plant species with their gravity response, which would contribute to design future space experiments, and to the advancement of microgravity research.

The Office for Outer Space Affairs developed a "Teacher's Guide to Plant Experiments in Microgravity" (ST/SPACE/63) which is intended to provide step-by-step instructions to teachers and students to perform experiments on plant growth using the clinostats in a school laboratory.


  Download:  " Teacher's Guide to Plant Experiments in Microgravity" (ST/SPACE/63)

16 MB  /  Compressed file (3MB)   (both in .pdf format)

Project Details and Application Documents:

One cycle of the Project is scheduled for three years, starting from the announcement of opportunity to the submission of the final activity report.

Each successful applicant receives one (1) unit of the clinostat. The experiment phase lasts for approximately two years. During this period, institutions will use the clinostats to conduct experiments on the proposed projects.

The selected applicant will be required to provide annual reports to the Office for Outer Space Affairs on the activities with the clinostat.

Applications for the 3rd Cycle of the Project (2015-2017) will be accepted until 30 April 2015. Announcement of Opportunity including the project details, timelines and terms of participation, as well as the Application Form can be downloaded from the following links:

Application Requirements for the 3rd Cycle of the Project

The project expects participation from nationals of developing countries or countries with economies in transition. Heads of research groups, university professors with scientific orientation, or science teachers are the expected profiles of the applicants. Moreover, applicants are required to act as leaders of the proposed activities under the Project in their institutions, and are expected to provide their ideas on how they plan to utilize the distributed clinostat.

Within the limited availability of clinostats, participation of research teams from space-faring countries is also welcome to take part in this project. The project is intended to create a global scientific and educational network by sharing experiences and experimental results in different geographic regions.

Application to the Project:

The fully completed application form, properly endorsed by the applicant's institution, should be emailed to hsti-zgip@unoosa.org both in PDF format (.pdf) containing the signature page, and in MS WORD (.doc), no later than 30 April 2015.

The applicant should also mail the fully completed original application form to the following address:

Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office at Vienna, Vienna International Centre, P.O. BOX 500, A-1400 Vienna, AUSTRIA


Reference for researchers:

  • Herranz, and others. "Ground-Based Facilities for Simulation of Microgravity: Organism-Specific Recommendations for Their Use, and Recommended Terminology"  (Astrobiology, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2013)

Call for Financial and Scientific Support:

The implementation of the Project relies on in-cash and in-kind contributions from Member States. The Office for Outer Space Affairs is looking for donor countries and research institutes that are interested in providing in-cash/in-kind contributions and/or scientific and educational support to ZGIP. Those interested donor countries/institutes are invited to contact the Office for Outer Space Affairs.

The Office welcomes support, comments and suggestions on the implementation of the Project. The Office also welcomes expressions of interest for cooperation on activities related to capacity-building in human space technology and microgravity research.


For any questions about the project, please contact hsti-zgip@unoosa.org


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