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Life Science Research using the Human Spaceflight Analogue “Bed Rest”

UK-EU collaborative funding. This scheme is administered by the European Space Agency.


  • European Space Agency (ESA)

Funding total

Not yet awarded. We will invest up to £3M to support UK components.

No. of projects funded

Not yet awarded.


Research on ageing has been identified by BBSRC as one of the key areas of research in the UK which might benefit from the ELIPS programme. ESA's bed rest facilities in particular could offer an important tool for addressing questions related to health and wellbeing in an ageing population. Refer to the joint BBSRC/UKSA workshop report for additional information (see external links).

Key aims

Bed rest studies have been shown to be a good model for many of the physiological changes that take place during human spaceflight and thus, will provide a unique opportunity to study:

  • the biological mechanisms behind the physiological changes associated with ageing and a sedentary population
  • the effect of proposed countermeasures to limit these changes
  • the recovery period following bed rest


Application download (for reference only)



For specific BBSRC scientific remit queries contact:

Louisa Jenkin, Strategy and Policy Manager - Bioscience for Health Sector
tel: +44 (0)1793 413352

Sarah Plowman, Strategy and Policy Officer - Bioscience for Health Sector
tel: +44 (0)1793 442196

For specific UK queries about the Best Rest Study or ELIPS contact:

Dr Andrew Kuh, National Exploration and Microgravity Programme Manager, UK Space Agency

tel: +44 (0)1793 418081