CONCEPT STUDY REPORT
Recipients of a Concept Study Roman Fellowship will be eligible to apply for a four-year Development Effort to implement the plans developed during the Concept Study. Funding for years beyond the first is contingent on availability of funds and satisfactory progress, assessed through the normally required annual progress reports and a review towards the end of the second year that will be based on milestones defined in the proposal. Fellows should request Development Effort support in their final Concept Study Report submitted to NASA nine-months after the award of the Concept Study through NSPIRES (instructions will be provided to the PI). The content and format of the Concept Study Report are the same as those for a full proposal as described in the NASA Guidebook for Proposers. The Concept Study Report will be peer reviewed and a subset of the Technology Fellows will be selected to continue the fellowship and implement the plans conceived during the Concept Study.
The award amount for the Development Effort is judged according to the scope of the proposed work and the overall competition. Funds may be used for the fellow’s salary, support of students (undergraduate or graduate) and/or postdoctoral fellows who are involved in the proposed research, research expenses such as costs incurred in field experiments, purchase of equipment and/or supplies, computing, travel, etc. If research collaboration is a component of the proposal, it is presumed that the collaborator(s) have their own means of research support; that is, a Roman Fellowship award may not include expenses for personnel or activities at collaborating institutions, nor salary costs for other senior personnel.
Researchers who are in tenure-track, career civil servant, or equivalent positions at the time of requesting the four-year Development Effort support may request salary support, plus up to $500k total (inclusive of institutional indirect costs) for capital equipment or other project costs. Researchers who are not in tenure-track or equivalent positions (such as term civil servants) may request full salary support for up to four years, plus up to $300k total (inclusive of institutional indirect costs) for capital equipment or other project costs. As discussed above, salary and other expenses should be responsive to NASA’s evaluation criteria on cost realism and reasonableness.
The Concept Study Report and the request for Development Effort support must include an institutional commitment for laboratory space and other institutional resources required for the proposed work. NASA strongly encourages, but does not require, that the submitting institution contribute to the cost of the proposed project. Of special interest is support by the employing institution that would provide paid release time to enable the applicant to more fully concentrate on the activities related to the proposal. Institutional support of equipment purchase and co-funding of student and/or postdoctoral support would also be recognized as a valuable contribution. Institutional commitments for these resources should be included in the Report.