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NASA’s Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) is seeking a cognitive performance assessment tool that provides real time feedback for in-mission use. Ideally, the tool will need to operate without cloud access and be compatible with multiple platforms (Apple, PC, etc.).



Space exploration missions affect behavioral and cognitive performance. To address this, new tools are needed to measure performance in real time for NASA astronauts, as well as private astronauts, during LEO missions, Artemis missions, and future Mars missions. Although a tool meeting some of these requirements has been developed, it currently lacks real-time feedback capabilities.



The assessment tool will:

  • Assess a broad range of cognitive domains.
  • Enable valid assessments of high-performance individuals.
  • Be well-validated.
  • Provide in-mission feedback
  • Operate without requiring cloud access and with minimal off-site processing requirements.
  • Have multi-platform capabilities.
  • Allow for repeated administration while addressing learning effects.
  • Keep administration time as short as possible, with a maximum duration of 30 minutes



  • Be suitable for administration to English and non-native English speakers.


Possible Solution Areas:

Possible solutions include but not limited to:

  • Enhanced digital cognitive assessments.
  • Advanced wearable devices, sensors, and unobtrusive monitoring technologies
  • Machine learning /AI assisted cognitive tests


Desired outcome of the solution:

Various partnership and collaboration opportunities are available, including co-development and direct purchase of mature solutions.


Field of use and intended applications:

Cognitive performance assessment tool for in-mission astronauts.


Previously attempted solutions:

NASA and the University of Pennsylvania developed a cognitive test battery that includes 10 cognitive tests. Additional tools explored include Neurocognitive Assessment (WinSCAT) and Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics (ANAM).


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