Jul 9, 2015

Amendment 23: Amendment 23: D.12 SOFIA Third Generation Science Instrument

This amendment releases text for Program Element D.12 SOFIA Third Generation Science Instrument.

Program element D.12 directs proposers to: 1) identify a specific scientific goal and/or objective for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)  (either included in or beyond that which is already defined) that clearly and succinctly presents a substantial, compelling scientific case for developing new capabilities on SOFIA, that can be realized by a third generation instrument, and are consistent with the science recommendations of the 2010 decadal survey in astronomy and astrophysics and NASA’s overall scientific goals and objectives; 2) propose a specific scientific investigation that addresses the above scientific goal and/or objective and requires the development of a new, third generation SOFIA science instrument; and 3) design, build, and deliver to NASA the third-generation SOFIA science instrument that will enable the proposed specific scientific investigation, as well as a set of future Guest Investigations that are not possible or feasible with the existing suite of first and second generation SOFIA instruments.

Two-page Step-1 Proposals are due August 19, 2015, and full 25-page Step-2 proposals are due by October 7, 2015. NASA will host a preproposal telecon for prospective proposers on July 23, 2015 at 2 pm eastern. Prospective proposers should see See Section 7.3 for details. Additional information about the workshop will be posted under "Other Documents" on the NSPIRES page for this program element.

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Eric Tollestrup at