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ESSP Program Library

Strategic Documents

  1. NASA Strategic PlanPDF Icon PDF, 192 KB
  2. 2014 Science Plan for NASA's Science Mission Directorate
  3. Earth Science Research Program Science Focus Areas
  4. Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond (The National Academies Press, 2007)

Earth Science References


  1. NASA Science Mission Directorate Website
  2. Earth System Science Pathfinder Website
  3. 2010 Science Plan for NASA's Science Mission Directorate


  1. US Climate Change Science Program

Applied Sciences References

  1. Not available at this time

Technology References

  1. Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) Homepage

Data and Information Systems

  1. Implementing Climate and Global Change Research: A Review of the Final U.S. Climate Change Science Program Strategic Plan


Program Specific Documents

  1. ESSP Program Plan PDF, 18.3 MB
  2. Rapid Spacecraft Development Office (RSDO)
  3. A-Train Requirements
    • Afternoon and Morning Constellation Information:

      • A-Train Background -
      • Mission Operations -
      • A-Train Data Depot -
      • To obtain documentation or to learn more about the Afternoon Constellation or the Morning Constellation, please contact:
                    Angelita C. Kelly
                    Constellation Mission Operations Manager (MOM)
                    Earth Science Mission Operations Project/Code 428
                    Mission Validation and Operations Branch
                    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
                    Greenbelt, Md. 20771 U.S.A.
                    Tel. 301-614-5317
                    Cell: 240-751-7857
    • Afternoon Constellation Operations Coordination Plan
    • Afternoon Constellation Contingency Prcedures
  4. NASA Communications Services
  5. ELV Launch Services Information Summary
  6. Information on International Space Station Resources
  7. SPD-18, Policy and Requirements for the E/PO Programs of SMD Missions
  8. The Explanatory Guide to the NASA Science Mission Directorate Educational and Public Outreach Evaluation Factors
  9. The Explanatory Guide to the NASA Science Mission Directorate Educational Merit Evaluation Factors for Student Collaboration Elements
  10. Proposal Summary Information (listing of the contents of the NSPIRES cover page)
  11. Excel version of the template tables in the AO
    • Table B3: Total Mission Cost Funding Profile Template
    • Table B5: Master Equipment List
  12. SPD-19, Meeting the 70% JCL Requirement in PI-led Missions
  13. PIP Document Guide


NASA and Federal Documents

The following NASA Directives may be found in the NASA Online Directives Information System (NODIS) Library

  1. 2011 NASA Strategic Plan
  2. NPD 2820.1, NASA Software Policy
  3. NPD 5101.32, Procurement
  4. NPD 5101.32, Procurement
  5. NPR 5800.1, Grant and Cooperative Agreement Handbook
  6. NM 7120-81, NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements
  7. NPR 7120.8, NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements
  8. NPR 8580.1, Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and Executive Order 12114
  9. NPR 8705.4, Risk Classification for NASA Payloads
  10. NPR 8715.3, NASA General Safety Program Requirements
  11. NPR 8715.6, NASA Procedural Requirements for Limiting Orbital Debris
  12. NPR 9501.2 NASA Contractor Financial Management Reporting

The following NASA technical standards documents may be found in the public access portion of the NASA Standards and Technical Assistance Resource Tool (START)

  1. NASA-STD-8719.14, NASA Process for Limiting Orbital Debris


The Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) may be accessed at The following parts of the Federal Acquisition Regulations are referenced in this AO.

  1. FAR 15.401, Contract Pricing Definitions
  2. FAR 15.406-2, Certificate of Current Cost or Pricing Data
  3. FAR 33.101, Protests Definitions
  4. FAR 52.219-8, Utilization of Small Business Concerns
  5. FAR 52.219-9, Small Business Subcontracting Plan
  6. FAR 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity
  7. FAR 52.226-2, Historically Black College or University and Minority Institution Representation
  8. FAR 52.227-11, Patent Rights – Ownership by the Contractor
  9. FAR 52.227-14, Rights in Data – General
  10. FAR 52.233-2, Service of Protest


The NASA FAR Supplement (NFS) may be accessed at The following parts of the NASA FAR Supplement are referenced in this AO.

  1. NFS 1815.208, Submission, modification, revision, and withdrawal of proposals
  2. NFS 1835.016-70, Foreign participation under broad agency announcements
  3. NFS 1852.227-11, Patent Rights--Retention by the Contractor
  4. NFS 1852.227-70, New Technology
  5. NFS 1852.227-71, Requests for Waiver of Rights to Inventions
  6. NFS 1852.233-70, Protests to NASA
  7. NFS 1852.234-2, “Earned Value Management System”
  8. NFS 1872.308, Proposals submitted by NASA investigators
  9. NFS 1872.403-1, Advisory subcommittee evaluation process
  10. NFS 1872.705-1, Appendix A: General instructions and provisions


NASA Procurement Information Circulars (PICs) may be accessed at (NASA only). The following NASA Procurement Information Circulars are referenced in this AO.

  1. PIC 05-15, Guidance On Competitive Procedures For Broad Agency Announcements

Executive Orders may be accessed at The following Executive Orders are referenced in this AO.

  1. Executive Order 12114, Environmental effects abroad of major Federal actions


The Managerial Cost Accounting Concepts and Standards for the Federal Government as recommended by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board may be accessed at

A Proposal Evaluation Plan Template may be accessed at