Decadal Survey

Biological and Physical Sciences in Space

Decadal Surveys are community-driven, bottom-up studies produced by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) that aim to formulate a community consensus about the most compelling science questions for the decade ahead in each of the disciplines. This process provides a rare opportunity for scientists and engineers to share their insights and help shape the scientific endeavors of the next decade.

collage of space research

NASEM has established a Decadal Survey Committee and has issued a solicitation for white papers for the second Decadal Survey in the areas of Biological and Physical Sciences. For the first time, the Survey includes a request for ideas for "research campaigns," which may integrate multiple missions and multiple disciplines to tackle an overarching scientific or exploration goal. Thus, academic researchers, government agencies and commercial industries are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and submit proposals.

All materials shared with the committee must be publicly releasable.  If your white paper contains unpublished data, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) controlled and/or other sensitive information, please remember that all white papers received will be posted on a publicly accessible website.  Please edit your white papers accordingly.

For more information about the Decadal Survey and how to get involved:

Whitepapers Submitted for 2023-2032


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