Published: 
Nov 6, 2017

Amendment 46: NOIs Required for APRA

Amendment 46 changes the proposal submission process for D.3 The Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program (APRA) program to make Notices of Intent (NOI) mandatory. Proposals that are not preceded by an NOI maybe returned without review.

The Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program (APRA) program solicits basic research proposals for investigations that are relevant to NASA's programs in astronomy and astrophysics and includes research over the entire range of photons, gravitational waves, and particle astrophysics. Awards may be for up to four years’ duration (up to five years for suborbital investigations), but shorter-term proposals are typical; four-year or five-year proposals must be well justified. Proposals for suborbital investigations are particularly encouraged. APRA investigations may advance technologies anywhere along the full line of readiness levels, from Technology Readiness Level1 (TRL1) through TRL9. The emphasis of this program element is on technologies and investigations that advance NASA astrophysics missions and goals.

To facilitate the early recruitment of a conflict-free review panel and ensure that proposals are submitted to the appropriate category, a NOI will be required for all submissions to D.3 APRA.

The due dates are unchanged. The due date for mandatory NOIs is January 18, 2018. The due date for proposals is March 15, 2018.

Main NASA point of contact concerning this program is Michael Garcia, who may be reached via email at Michael.R.Garcia@nasa.gov. Questions about specific discipline areas may be directed to the program officers listed at the end of the D.3 APRA program element text.