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. The current PEAs are:
Earth Venture Instrument - 5 with mandatory NOIs due 08/01/2018 and proposals due 10/10/2018
2018 Heliophysics Technology Demonstration Mission of Opportunity with mandatory NOIs due 10/01/2018 and proposals due 11/30/2018
2018 Heliophysics Science Mission of Opportunity with mandatory NOIs due 10/01/2018 and proposals due 11/30/2018
For more information follow the hypertext links above to the NSPIRES pages for these SALMON-3 PEAs.


Future Solicitations

Draft Earth Venture Continuity 1 (EVC-1) PEA Released for Community Comment

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

Comments on the draft should be addressed by email to David Considine, ( by December 7, 2018.

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, 2018 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.


Community Announcements

RFI for Rideshare Mission Integration Services
Response date: December 14, 2018

The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is requesting information regarding Rideshare Mission Integration Services. to assess community interest, concepts, and rough order of magnitude (ROM) cost for secondary payload integration services onto Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) rings to be exerci­­­­­­­sed on future SMD missions. For more information please read the text of this RFI on the NSPIRES page for NNH19ZDA006L. Questions concerning this RFI and responses to it should be sent via email to and

NASA invites nominations for service on the Astrophysics Advisory Committee

U.S. citizens may nominate others or may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill vacancies on the Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC), that advises the Astrophysics Division Director. The deadline for NASA receipt of all public nominations is December 1, 2018.

U.S. citizens may nominate others or may submit self-nominations for consideration to fill vacancies on the APAC. There will be member vacancies from time to time throughout the year, and NASA will consider self-nominations to fill such intermittent vacancies. Nominees will only be contacted should a vacancy be available and it is judged that their area(s) of expertise is appropriate for that specific vacancy. NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on these committees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, current/past contributions to the relevant subject area and overall diversity of the committee. NASA is committed to ensuring that the membership of the Astrophysics Advisory Committee draws from the diversity of the entire U.S. astrophysics community. All member appointments are non-compensated. However, NASA does cover travel and per diem expenses for all member appointments.

To be considered by NASA, the following information must be included as part of each nomination package: (1) A cover email with subject line, "APAC: nomination"; (2) a professional resume (one-page maximum, included as an attachment); and, (3) a professional biography (one-page maximum; included as an attachment) that includes experience and contributions relevant to NASA subject areas. All public nomination or self-nomination packages must be submitted electronically via email to NASA at; hard-copy nominations will not be accepted. Note: nomination packages that do not include the three (3) mandatory elements listed above will not receive further consideration by NASA.

Limited funding for US Participation on ISRO Venus Opportunity

The NASA Planetary Science Division (PSD) was pleased to see the recent Announcement of Opportunity from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) requesting international payload proposals for their planned mission to Venus. However, the ability of PSD to support the rapid development schedule required to meet the ISRO mission schedule is limited within expected appropriations of PSD funding.

The ISRO Venus mission Announcement of Opportunity can be found at:

For further information contact Dr. Adriana Ocampo at

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