Feb 11, 2013

February 11, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

This letter from SARA contains four important announcements regarding the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN), a joint solicitation of NASA's Science and Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorates that was originally released on January 10, 2013.

1. A new clarified and improved version of the text has been posted on NSPIRES. It can be found at The changes include: i) a reference to the Martian polar caps was deleted from Section 1.4;ii) The role of the IT specialist in Section 1.5; iii) The absence of NASA Civil Servant Salaries and associated indirect costsfrom budgets in Section 2.1; iv) reference to institutional PI and NESXIS3 were deleted from A.2.3 and v) other small changes were made to section 1.5. New text is in bold and deleted text is struck through.

2. A FAQ has been posted on thesameNSPIRES web page where the CAN may be found at This FAQ will be updated periodically.

3. A Pre-proposal Briefing will be held Thursday, February 21, 2013, 3:00-5:00 pm EST to provide interested parties with the opportunity to better understand the intent, scope, and selection criteria of the SSERVI CAN (Solicitation number NNH13ZDA006C).A short presentation on the Institute and the solicitation will be followed by a question/answer period. The briefing will be live-streamed with participation available to anyone having internet access.

You can attend this briefing in one of three ways: (i) Phone-in only, and ask your questions when called upon at the end of the session if time allows; (ii) Phone in and use Adobe Connect via your computer, so that you can see the charts; or (iii) Participate via Adobe Connect only and listen through your computer (no phone line needed). When using Adobe Connect you can raise your hand via the chat room and follow up verbally, via chat when called upon, or just ask your questions by typing into the chat room.

To log in to the Adobe Connect link, go to as a "Guest" using your full name.If you would like to ask your question by voice, please dial into the teleconference line at 1-866-692-4538 and use Passcode: 7496560#

Adobe Connect requires Adobe Flash. To test your systems ahead of the briefing a little test and provides troubleshooting. Ricky Guest ( is also available to assist anyone who might have troubles accessing the Adobe Connect meeting room.

4. We are seeking volunteers who might serve as potential reviewers of submissions in response to the SSERVI CAN. Interested parties should go to the volunteer page at answer the questions. By indicating areas of expertise volunteers will help us match potential reviewers to proposals.

Next week we will be releasing our omnibus ROSES 2013 solicitation and I will send and post a letter about that.