Feb 7, 2011

February 7, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

This is the letter from SARA, a short update for NASA scientists. Today I will tell you about our upcoming big omnibus solicitation Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) for 2011. As always, we will be calling for proposals on a wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, from data analysis, experiments and observations to theory, fieldwork, aircraft, stratospheric balloon, suborbital rocket, and commercial reusable rocket investigations. From the development of concepts, techniques, and technologies for future SMD space missions and the laboratory analysis extraterrestrial samples to Earth surface observations and development of models and methods for applying Earth science research data to societal needs.

Usually we release ROSES around February 14, but this year we are targeting February 18, 2011, for the release of ROSES-2011. It will appear at (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" and "NNH11ZDA001N"). The reason for the delay is that the president’s budget for FY 2012 will not be released until mid February and ROSES 2011 projects will be supported with FY 2012 funds, so we have delayed our planned release date to come out after the president’s budget for FY 2012.

However, I can give you a little preview of some things that don’t reveal any budget information. Proposers should be aware of the following significant changes in this NRA from last year:

  1. 1. In the past support for conferences and workshops was primarily provided in response to unsolicited proposals, since there were few ROSES program elements that included this kind of work (B.6 LWS TRT and C.13 MFRP being notable exceptions). Unsolicited proposals for topical workshops, symposia, conferences, and other scientific/technical meetings will no longer be accepted. Proposals for such events should be submitted to those few program elements (such as B.6 and C.13) that include it or in response to the Topical Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences program element found in Appendix E.2.
  2. 2. We still don’t know if NASA civil servant salaries will be handled within NASA program budgets (such as the research budgets which fund ROSES investigations) or within a unified labor account. The important thing for proposers to know is that we have been directed to instruct proposers to omit the cost of NASA civil servant salaries from ROSES proposals. The NASA civil servants will upload their budgets separately. Changes to NASA’s internal policy about civil servant salaries for ROSES proposals and the resulting Center awards will be handled through direction to the Centers and not through an amendment to ROSES. The latest NASA internal policy on this subject, including instructions to proposers on what should be in the budgets and what shouldn’t and how NASA Centers can upload their budgets, may be found at the SARA website at

In addition to those two significant changes from last year, there are numerous small changes, so please read the call. For example, eligibility to propose for supplemental education and public outreach awards (Appendices E.5 and E.6) has not changed, but is now indicated by a line in the Summary of Key Information table at the end of each program element description rather than a whole boilerplate paragraph in each call.

Also, just in case you didn’t read ROSES last year, here are some things that changed in recent years: All team members identified on the NSPIRES proposal cover page must go online to acknowledge their participation in the investigation (and indicate their institutional affiliation) via NSPIRES. No more letters from collaborators are needed in the body of the proposal.

Proposals submitted in response to ROSES-2011 can be submitted through either NSPIRES or However, certain caveats apply (such as registration in NSPIRES even if the proposal is submitted via, see Section IV(b)(v) for details.

Unless specifically allowed by an individual program element (program elements are the appendices to ROSES), multiple PIs (as described in Section 1.4.2 of the NASA Guidebook for Proposers) are not permitted. The use of other categories of participation described in Section 1.4.2 of the NASA Guidebook for Proposers, including Science PI, Institutional PI, and Co-PI (from a non-U.S. organization under specific circumstances), remain permitted.

Finally, there is a new guidebook for proposers posted in the normal place at

Max Bernstein