Feb 22, 2012

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) for 2012 released

Dear Colleagues,
This is the letter from SARA, a NASA Science update. Today I will tell you about the Science Mission Directorate's recently released omnibus solicitation Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) for 2012.

As always, we are 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. will take you to the main web page for ROSES-2012 where you can download PDF versions of ROSES-12 and find links to tables of due dates and the new version of the guidebook for proposers.

Table 2 of individual programs in order of due date can be found at:

Table 3 of individual programs organized by subject area can be found at:

To track all updates, amendments and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to a convenient RSS feed see:

The names, email addresses and phone numbers of the program officers are at:

Proposers should be aware of the following significant changes from last year:
1. Proposals must not include bilateral participation, collaboration, or coordination with China or any Chinese-owned company or entity, whether funded or performed under a no-exchange-of-funds arrangement. For more on this see Public Law 112-55, Section 539(a) and Section III (c) of the ROSES-12 Summary of Solicitation.

2. Three more programs will be using a 2-Step submission process to take proposals this year: Geospace Science (Appendix B.3), Solar and Heliospheric Science (Appendix B.4), and Cassini Data Analysis and Participating Scientists (Appendix C.10) join Land Cover / Land Use Change (Appendix A.2) in REQUIRING a Step-1 proposal (think of it as a glorified NOI). If you are planning to submit to any of these programs it is essential that you read the call and get in your Step-1 proposal on time. This is especially urgent in the case of Appendix B.4, the Solar and Heliospheric ScienceProgram; Step-1 proposals for B.4 are due on 03/16/2012. Step-1 proposals for Appendix C.10, the Cassini Data Analysis and Participating Scientist (CDAPS) Program are due on 03/23/2012. Step-1 proposals for B.3, Geospace Science, are due on 04/13/2012.

3. Suborbital and Suborbital-Class Investigations are the subject of Section II of the ROSES-2012 Summary of Solicitation. Program elements that offer such opportunities now refer to that text in the summary rather than repeating it elsewhere. Please read Section II if you are interested in a Suborbital and Suborbital-Class Investigation.

4. Supplemental education and public outreach awards (E.5 and E.6) are not solicited in ROSES 2012 and the second (March) opportunity in ROSES 2011 has been canceled as well.

5. The Earth Science Division added a new call via Appendix A.26 entitled Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science with rolling submissions.

Many other small changes and other features of note are described on the SARA web page at:

Last year’s omnibus (ROSES 2011) still has a few due dates to go (A.2, A.6, A.10, A.26, A.40, A.45 B.7, D.3, and D.8) while we are in the brief period of overlap between the release of the new solicitation and the end of the old one.

Max Bernstein