Sep 28, 2009

September 28th, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

This is the letter from SARA, a short update for NASA scientists.  A web version of this email, with hypertext links, can be found at and you can also subscribe to the web version of this letter via RSS feed.

As always, many updates have been made to the SARA web page, including the list of program officer contact information, the latest grant statistics, and grant solicitations. You can now easily keep track of all Amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES 2009 through a convenient ROSES 2009 RSS feed. Now that we have completed the selections for all proposals submitted via ROSES 2008, I can compare how long selections took for ROSES 2008 compared to prior years. I am proud to say that, thanks to the hard work of the program officers, we diminished the average time from proposal submission to selection. You can see the graphic display of this here.

It is this time of year that we begin thinking about writing the omnibus Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences solicitation for next year (ROSES 2010) and submitting potential changes to the guidebook for proposers. This is your chance to suggest improvements for next year’s ROSES.   Last year, in response to requests from proposers, a number of changes were made in ROSES 2009, which are now on the FAQ page. If you have suggestions for changes to the summary of solicitation, or to the guidebook, please E-mail those to me and you can submit specific suggestions of changes of individual program elements directly to the program officers, whose names and contact information can be found on the program officers list.

Max Bernstein
E-mail SARA