Research Programs with No (Fixed) Due Date (NoDD) or Rolling Submissions
The Planetary Science Division held a virtual townhall meeting to discuss NoDD (and other topics) on January 21. Here is a link to the slides presented at that town hall meeting.
This year in Appendix C (Planetary Science) seven programs (C.2 EW, C.3 SSW, C.4 PDART, C.5 ExoBio, C.6 SSO, C.12 PICASSO and C.16 LARS) will accept proposals at any time.
SMD's "ROSES" Research solicitation has long had a couple of programs with no fixed due date: Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science and Topical Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences. For these program elements with "rolling submissions", proposals may be submitted at any time without any preliminary statement such as a Notice of Intent or Step-1 proposal.
In Appendix C (Planetary Science) of ROSES-2021 a number of programs will convert to "rolling submissions", so they will have no due date (NoDD) and no preliminary statement such as a Notice of Intent or Step-1 proposal will be requested. It is anticipated that this flexibility in proposal submission will make it easier for individuals to balance their work and personal lives, and it will remove the pressure on AORs who had to submit so many proposals on the single due date. The list of new "NoDD" programs appears below. The NSPIRES page for those program elements will display a "Proposals Due" date, but that is simply the end date for the current ROSES, after which proposals may be submitted to the program element with the same name in the next ROSES. These "NoDD" Programs will review proposals throughout the year with a cadence that will depend on the rate at which proposals are submitted. Proposals will be selected gradually over the course of the year with an eye on the total available budget (and with judicious use of "selectable" status for proposals that are rated highly) so as to ensure that the budget is not depleted too early so all proposals that review well have an opportunity of getting funding.
List of Planetary Science No Due Date (NoDD) Programs in ROSES-2021:
C.2 Emerging Worlds (EW),
C.3 Solar System Workings (SSW),
C.4 Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART),
C.5 Exobiology (ExoBio),
C.6 Solar System Observations (SSO),
C.12 Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO) and
C.16 Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples (LARS)
All NoDD programs will open for proposal submission within a week or two of the opening of the ROSES-2021 solicitation in mid-February.
The planetary science division has long had restrictions vs submission of "duplicate" proposals. Those rules have been updated to account for NoDD programs and has also added a restriction on "resubmissions" of proposals to NoDD programs. Those proposing to No Due Date (NoDD) programs are very strongly encouraged to read the updated rules in (Sections 2.4 and 3.2 of) C.1 the Planetary Science Division Research Overview, which now take into account the fact that proposals to NoDD programs may be submitted at any time. See also the NoDD informational document and the NoDD FAQ that will be posted below on this page and on the NSPIRES page of any NoDD program.
Questions about specific NoDD programs should be directed to the point of contact for the program and more general questions about NoDD may be directed to Stephen Rinehart, and please cc SARA@nasa.gov.