Funding Opportunities: Grant Solicitations


Proposals due: February 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.

The Science Mission Directorate has released the inaugural Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology" (FINESST) NNH19ZDA005K solicitation for grants to universities for graduate student research. Proposals up to six pages in length may request funding for grants of up to a three-years in duration with a cap of $45,000 per 12 months and $135,000 over three years. Period of performance changes, including no cost extensions, will follow normal NASA grant procedures. For more information see the FINESST solicitation page on NSPIRES at




The Third Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-3 = NNH17ZDA004O) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is an omnibus, meaning it hosts individual flight opportunities each with its own topic and due date. The Table of SALMON-3 PEA Due Dates has hypertext links to each program element appendix (PEA) in SALMON-3.

Added December 19, 2018: PEA N: Earth Venture Continuity (EVC)-1
Mandatory Notices of Intent (NOI) due: March 29, 2019, 11:59 PM EST
Last Date for submission of Questions: 11:59 pm eastern time on May 10, 2019
Due Date for Receipt of Electronic Proposals in NSPIRES: 11:59 pm eastern time on May 24, 2019


Future Solicitations

DRAFT 2019 Discovery AO Released for Community Comment

SMD released a draft of the Discovery 2019 AO on December 12, 2018. The text can be found on NSPIRES at NNH19ZDA009J. Questions and comments on the draft AO should be addressed to Dr. Curt Niebur at by January 16, 2019.

Heliophysics Explorers 2019 MIDEX AO Schedule

SMD intends to release a DRAFT 2019 Heliophysics (MIDEX) AO in January 2019 and a Final AO in June 2019. For more information read the text of the FBO at NNH19ZDA008L. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Dan Moses at:

Draft Earth Venture Continuity 1 (EVC-1) PEA Released

The Earth Venture Continuity 1 (EVC-1) PEA to the SALMON-3 AO has been released (as NNH19ZDA007J) for community comment. The full text of the draft solicitation is available on NSPIRES at!{22C3C955-0EAD-4353-82FD-5C29573CD336}&path=open

Draft Astrophysics Small Explorers (SMEX) Released for Community Comment

DRAFT 2019 Astrophysics Small Explorer (SMEX) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) has been posted on NSPIRES as NNH19ZDA003J and the

DRAFT 2019 Astrophysics Explorers Mission of Opportunity Program Element Appendix has been posted on NSPIRES as NNH19ZDA004J.

Comments on either or both drafts may be addressed via email to Comments Due December 7 December 21 via email to (subject line to read "2019 SMEX AO", "2019 MO" or both).

Responses to comments will be given by email and posted in the SMEX/MO QAs section on the Astrophysics Explorers Program Acquisition websites at and; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit comments will be preserved.


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