research platform, and as part of setting up a revitalized research program in the life and physical sciences, initial efforts to develop a research program for the ISS will have to include an advisory process, utilizing at least some independent members, that provides oversight for the prioritization of ISS (and other) research as multidisciplinary research priorities, operational requirements, cost constraints, and policy priorities are being developed by the new administration.

In this context, this interim report (1) discusses programmatic issues that are viewed as fundamental for a life and physical sciences research program and (2) presents suggestions for ISS research that can help steer the active discussions regarding additional lifespan for the ISS yet at the same time does not abrogate the prioritization process that is underway across the whole portfolio as part of the committee’s final survey report, which will give fuller consideration to all platforms and modalities of research.

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