Archived 2019 FAQ

This was the FAQ for ROSES-2019. For the current FAQs on the current ROSES see

What's new in ROSES-2019? How does it differ from prior ROSES?

In Appendix A (Earth Science) a new program element for members of a science team for the Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation (GEDI) instrument on the International Space Station (ISS) will be solicited as program element A.8, Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem (PACE) Science Team as program element A.38, and a new program element for Earth Science Research from Operational Geostationary Satellite Systems may be solicited as A.33. Space Archaeology returns as an element in Interdisciplinary Science (A.32). Many programs do not solicit every year so, as always, individual program elements are on their own cadence, some with full text available now (e.g., A.2), some with a bold notice indicating that they will be solicited but dates are currently TBD (e.g., A.6 and A.8), and some with a bold notice indicating that they will not be solicited this year (e.g., A.3-A.5).

In Appendix B (Heliophysics) Space Weather Science Applications Operations 2 Research has been added as B.7, what was the Flight Opportunities part of Heliophysics Technology and Instrument Development for Science (H-TIDeS) in ROSES-18 has been pulled out and is solicited separately as Heliophysics Flight Opportunities for Research and Technology in B.9.

In Appendix C (Planetary Science) the new Planetary Science Early Career Award Program will be solicited in C.19, after having been released as draft last year for community comment and two new Program elements will be solicited this year: The LunaTech Program (C.21) and The Bepi-Colombo Participating Scientist Program (C.22).

In Appendix D (Astrophysics) the Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP) program is not being solicited in ROSES-2019 because it was solicited a second time in ROSES-2018 in order to maintain its normal schedule and due date. See D.16 Second Astrophysics Data Analysis, with proposals due May 17, 2019.

In Appendix E (Cross Division) the Exoplanets Research Program (E.3) will not be solicited in ROSES-2019, because it was solicited a second time in ROSES-2018 in order to maintain its normal schedule and due dates. See E.5 Second Exoplanets Research, with Step-1 proposals due March 29, 2019. XRP will now be jointly managed by all four science divisions. PIs are now eligible for participation in the NfoLD Research Network, and new language explicitly allows observational proposals searching for biosignatures on exoplanets.

Other changes will occur throughout the year announced by Amendments, corrections, and clarifications. If you have not done so already please consider subscribing to:

The SMD mailing lists (by logging in at and checking the appropriate boxes under "Account Management" and "Email Subscriptions"),

The ROSES-2019 RSS feed for amendments, clarifications, and corrections at, and

The ROSES-2019 due date Google calendars. Instructions are at

Proposers should be aware of the following changes from last year that apply to all of ROSES:

The 2019 version of the Guidebook will not be out at the time of the release of ROSES-2019. It is not anticipated that there will be any significant changes to the Guidebook between the 2018 and 2019 versions, but just to avoid any ambiguity, the 2018 version of the Guidebook is the one that applies to all proposals until ROSES-2019 is amended to indicate that the new guidebook is in force. Section II.(c) of the ROSES-19 Summary of solicitation on increasing access to the results of federally funded research links to the Federal Register notice, specifies that manuscripts are to be deposited within one year, and notes that failure to do so "may delay or prevent awarding of funds." In Section IV(b)iii of the ROSES-19 Summary of solicitation, in the description of the summary table of work effort it is noted that, unless otherwise stated in an individual program element, person time listed in the table of work effort that is offered at no cost by the proposing organization is assumed to be an estimate of anticipated additional effort that may be provided to the project as needed and is considered voluntary uncommitted effort. Section VI.(b) of the ROSES-19 Summary of solicitation now defines the programmatic considerations that may be considered by the selection official. Section VIII of the ROSES-19 Summary of solicitation now includes a link to information on filing a complaint through the NASA Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity.

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are still required for most proposals and in most cases the DMP will be collected in a plain text box on the NSPIRES cover page. For those proposing to Astrophysics, Earth Science and Heliophysics (Appendices A, B & D of ROSES) see Proposers to Planetary Science (all of Appendix C and E.4) must provide data management plan as part of the proposal PDF, see Section 3.5.1.of C.1 and this page with some instructions and a Planetary Division template for DMPs. PDART (program element C.7) evaluates DMPs as part of merit and has special requirements.

The restrictions involving China persist, please see

If you are looking for the FAQ from last year you may view the archived ROSES-2018 FAQ at

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