Sponsored research programs prepare for the next generation of missions through both theoretical research and applied technology investigations. They also use data from current missions and use suborbital science investigations to advance NASA science goals.
Suborbital missions are an integral part of the R&A program, including sounding rocket and balloon campaigns which provide ancillary measurements, demonstrate measurement technologies, and train future mission PIs and students.
Current status of the Astrophysics research competitions:
Sponsored fellowships are also an important part of the Astrophysics Research program. There are two fellowship programs: