Dec 8, 2017

Amendment 52: A.34 EVS-3 Final Text

ROSES-17 Amendment 52: Release of Earth Venture Suborbital-3 Program Element A.34 Final Text.

This EVS-3 program element solicits proposals for suborbital science investigations that propose innovative, integrated, approaches to solving pressing Earth system science issues. For the purpose of this solicitation, a suborbital investigation is one that relies primarily – although not necessarily exclusively – on acquisition of new measurements from airborne, balloon-borne, and/or reusable manned suborbital platforms. Investigations which rely primarily on measurements obtained from surface-based instruments, sounding rockets, the International Space Station, or CubeSats will not be considered responsive. Investigations may propose acquisition of remote sensing and/or in situ observations from suborbital platform(s), and may also utilize additional measurements from surface and/or subsurface observing systems and from existing satellite missions.

NASA sincerely appreciates the comments and questions received related to the DRAFT version of this program element. Potential proposers are encouraged to download the Comments and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) PDF documents from the A.34 ROSES NSPIRES page, these documents contain all of the community feedback we have received so far. These documents will be updated as new questions and comments are submitted. The major changes between the DRAFT and FINAL versions of this program element include:

  1. no longer any differences in the prescribed costs for international and domestic investigations,
  2. Appendix 1 has been expanded to describe which costs should be included in each category,
  3. a new appendix contains the Proposal Feasibility Assessment Criteria, and
  4. changed and clarified the science management roles.


Proposers are strongly encouraged to submit a NOI by January 31, 2018. Proposals are due April 12, 2018.

Please note that this program element differs from the ROSES-17 standard in a number of ways: First, unlike the rest of ROSES this program does not use the standard NSPIRES budget forms, nor a separately uploaded "total budget" file. Instead proposers must include in the proposal a filled-out budget template downloadable from Second, these awards are cost capped. The cap includes (and the proposal must display) salary fringe and overhead for all participants (including NASA civil servants). Third, proposers to this program must use the templates for the Table of work effort and Current and Pending Support for PI and Co-Is downloadable from

All questions or comments on this program element may be directed to