Jul 17, 2015

Amendment 24: This Amendment releases final text for D.11 WFIRST Science Investigation Teams and Adjutant Scientists.

Program element D.11 of ROSES-2015 solicits proposals for Science Investigation Teams and Adjutant Scientists for the Wide-Field InfraRed Survey Telescope (WFIRST), which will result in the formation of a Formulation Science Working Group (FSWG) for the mission. WFIRST is the top-ranked large space mission recommended by the National Research Council (NRC) decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics for 2012-2021, New Worlds, New Horizons in Astronomy and Astrophysics (NWNH, National Academies Press,

Selected teams will be funded by contract and shall be responsible for the following tasks in support of the proposed scientific investigations with WFIRST:

  • Development of scientific performance requirements;
  • Design of notional observing program(s);
  • Development of science data analysis techniques; and
  • Development of simulations and data challenges to validate the above items.

The selected individuals for the Adjutant Scientist positions will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating performance requirements and observing program activities;
  • Acting as a liaison between scientists and the instrument team;
  • Balancing the use of the relevant instrument to achieve all WFIRST science; and
  • Communication with the astronomical community.

This amendment releases final text for ROSES-2015 Appendix D.11, for WFIRST Science Investigation Teams. Required Notices of Intent are due August 17, 2015, and the due date for submission of proposals is October 15, 2015. Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Dominic Benford at