The ISS Program announced that it is offering "free" rack space for experimenters to conduct research in the "National Lab." Sounds good on the surface, but just like the Emperor's clothing, you don't have to get far in the pathfinder strategy to see how bogus the offer is.
With only ten shuttle flights left, room is tight on the only free ride to ISS. After that, you'll have to go negotiate with the nonexistent COTS services or try to negotiate a spot on stuffed Soyuz, ATV, or HTV flights. Prices for those precious rides, if actually offered, will be astronomical.
But give the minions credit. They've built an empty cathedral with no way to get to it but on a wing and a prayer and they want to share that accomplishment with the rest of the world. We should all feel priviledged.