The proposed research will be evaluated on how well it addresses the goals of the Roman Fellowship program: to give early career researchers the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to lead a flight instrument/project and become principal investigators of future missions; to develop innovative technologies that have the potential to enable major scientific breakthroughs; and to foster new talent by putting early-career instrument builders on a trajectory towards long-term positions.
Proposals submitted to NASA in response to this solicitation will be evaluated with respect to the criteria specified in Appendix C of the NASA Guidebook for Proposers, which are intrinsic merit, relevance, and cost realism/reasonableness. In addition to the factors for intrinsic merit given in the NASA Guidebook for Proposers, intrinsic merit includes the following factors:
- The long-term commitment to the early career researcher’s career development by the employing institution.
- Novel technology likely to enable innovative future Astrophysics missions. The proposed technology may be part of a suborbital activity as long as the prospective fellow has a leading role in developing the technology and the proposed development effort is distinct from the separately funded suborbital activity.
- The wider application of the technology to other NASA programs, as well as national needs supported by other Government agencies (such as the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, etc.).
Relevance will be judged on the basis of the proposed technology to advance one or more of the three Astrophysics science themes: Cosmic Origins, Exoplanet Exploration, and Physics of the Cosmos.