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Future Solicitations

You may download the current planning list of SMD Solicitations (NRAs and AOs) as a PDF from the SOMA web page. ROSES is released each year on or about February 14th. Planned program elements of ROSES are listed in the ROSES tables of due dates as 'TBD' and hypertext links from each title in the table of due dates connects to the NSPIRES page for that program element with a summary and point of contact.

Two Heliophysics Explorer Draft AOs Released for Comment
Comments Due: July 22, 2022

Heliophysics Small Explorer (SMEX) Draft AO:
Heliophysics Explorers Mission of Opportunity (MO) Draft AO:

The Science Office for Mission Assessments (SOMA) is the official source for further information on the draft solicitations, including the SMEX and MO Program Libraries and Question & Answer pages. Responses to all inquiries will be posted at the Questions and Answers (Q&As) location of the of the SOMA 2022 Heliophysics Explorers Web site: Anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved. Proposers are encouraged to send comments and questions early, so that they may be fully addressed prior to the release of the final AOs.

Questions and comments regarding the SMEX Draft AO should be emailed to and
Questions and comments regarding the 2022 Explorers MO Draft AO should be emailed to and


Astrophysics Probe Program Update May 2022

Questions and feedback are due by June 8, 2022

1. The planned release schedule for the Astrophysics Probe AO has changed. The tentative schedule is now as follows:

Release of draft AO:

July 2022 (target)

Release of final AO:

July 2023 (target)

Preproposal conference:

~ 3 weeks after final AO release

Proposals due:

90 days after AO release

Selection for competitive Phase A studies:

Mid 2024 (target)

Concept study reports due:

Early 2025 (target)


Mid/Late 2025 (target)

2. All other information contained in the original Community Announcement, available from the Astrophysics Probe Acquisition website ( remains unchanged. Please also see the Q&As posted at the same website for additional information.

3. The European Space Agency (ESA) is considering whether the Athena mission will be substantially replanned. It is no longer practical to require proposed X-ray probes to "complement ESA’s Athena Observatory". This requirement has therefore been removed. Responses to the Astrophysics Probe AO will be limited to one of the following two mission themes:

  • A far infrared imaging or spectroscopy mission or
  • An X-ray probe.

4. Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the Astrophysics Probe Acquisition website at Questions and feedback on the policies in this notice are due to by June 8, 2022, in order to be considered as a part of the development of the Draft AO.



SMD is delaying the release of the draft Dynamical Neutral Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling (DYNAMIC) mission solicitation due to reduced budget availability anticipated at this time. Further information specific to DYNAMIC will be posted on the Acquisition Homepage at as it becomes available. The DYNAMIC acquisition planning is described on the Announcements tab of the Acquisition Homepage.

Questions about the DYNAMIC may be directed Jared Leisner at Depending on the nature of the question(s)/comments, NASA may respond on an individual basis by email or may post responses at the Questions and Answers (Q&A) section of DYNAMIC Acquisition Homepage Anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions/comments will be preserved.


New Frontiers Schedule Update

Release of major parameters of AO:

August 2022 (target)

Release of draft AO:

November 2022 (target)

Release of final AO:

November 2023 (target)

Preproposal conference:

~ 3 weeks after final AO

Proposals due:

March 2024 (target)

Selection for competitive Phase A studies:

December 2024 (target)

Concept study reports due:

January 2026 (target)


October 2026 (target)

The New Frontiers 5 AO will be based on the SMD Standard PI-led Mission AO Template available at However, proposers must read carefully the Final New Frontiers 5 AO text when it is released via NSPIRES for necessary details and any adjustments to the AO Template or changes from the draft New Frontiers 5 AO text.

Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the New Frontiers 5 Acquisition website at Questions and feedback on the schedule in this notice are due by July 29, 2022 by email to Questions and feedback will be acknowledged, and responses to inquiries will be posted in the Q&A on the NF5 Acquisition website. Anonymity of persons or institutions submitting questions will be preserved.


Community Announcements


Venus Science Coordinating (VeSCoor) Group

NASA and ESA are jointly convening a Venus science coordinating group or VeSCoor, a forum for dialogue within the broader Venus scientific community, in support of the upcoming ESA and NASA missions to Venus. VeSCoor’s primary goal is to identify new, unanticipated scientific approaches and outcomes based on synergies among the missions to Venus and suggest studies to enhance overall scientific return.

For those interested in membership to the Venus Science Coordination Group (VesCoor) nominations will close on September 30, 2022 (11:59 PM Eastern Time). See these two PDF files for how to nominate.

Publications in CHORUS Journals Soon to Satisfy Archiving Requirement

As you know, as-accepted manuscript versions of peer reviewed publications that result from NASA-funded awards must be made publicly available 12 months after publication. Recently, this has been done via NASA PubSpace. However, if your publication is in a CHORUS journal, you may not need to directly submit to NASA PubSpace. For more information go to and search on CHORUS or "Updated Guidance".

SPD-41: Scientific Information policy for the Science Mission Directorate

Data, software, and publications produced as part of SMD awards are a significant public investment and should be made publicly available. To provide contextual guidance to proposers, awardees and other members of our communities, SMD has created SPD-41: The Scientific Information Policy, based on recommendations from SMD's Strategy for Data Management and Computing for Groundbreaking Science 2019-2024. This version includes our current understanding of the Federal guidance, NASA policy, and best practices currently incorporated into or applicable to our programs.

A link to SPD-41 and other documents are now available on SMD's Science Information Policy webpage. SMD will be releasing a draft update to SPD-41 that incorporates more recent policy directives, recommendations from National Academy and NASA SMD community studies, and best practices from the community.

To collect feedback on the implementation of SPD-41, SMD plans to release an RFI on this topic by the end of October. In addition, SMD will hold a virtual community townhall on this topic. Until response dates for the RFI and townhall are released, please email any questions/comments to All questions will be responded to, either individually or on the Scientific Information Policy Frequently Asked Questions page.

Information on Future Portal for Archiving NASA-funded Accepted Manuscripts

The NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program is developing an external submission portal for NASA-funded investigators to submit Accepted Manuscripts and other STI products. The portal is expected to be available later this summer.

The external portal will be used in place of the National Institutes of Health Manuscripts System (NIHMS), for grant and cooperative agreement recipients. The external portal will provide a more direct and streamlined Accepted Manuscript submission process for recipients. The STI Program will send communications prior to the start date with instructions and reminders.

As part of this transition, an information page about the new portal is available on the STI Program website which will be updated throughout the process:

The STI Program invites comments and questions about this new external manuscript submission portal via the Research Access Help Desk at

Dual-Anonymous Peer Review

In our "ROSES" research solicitation we have expanded the use of dual-anonymous peer review in which, not only are proposers not told the identity their reviewers, the reviewers are not told the identity of the proposers (until after they have evaluated the scientific merit of all of the anonymized proposals). To learn more about dual-anonymous peer review see

No Due Dates?

In our "ROSES" research solicitation we have expanded the number of programs with no fixed due date. Starting in ROSES-2021, proposals to seven programs in planetary science may be submitted at any time without any preliminary statement such as a Notice of Intent or Step-1 proposal. For more information see

Need Advice about ROSES and proposal writing?

On the library and useful links page we have resources that may be useful to those who are new to proposing to ROSES: Links to YouTube versions of presentations given at Goddard in February 2022 at and older by Max Bernstein (NASA HQ) and Christina Richey (JPL) about proposal writing. Both the video of Dr. Richey (thanks to the SETI Institute) and the video of Max Bernstein (thanks to NASA Ames Research Center). Other information that maybe useful to early career/ potential new PIs may be found at

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