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Letters from SARA December 10th, 2009

Description: Topics: several new amendments were posted, grant solicitations have been posted, grant stats have been updated and the final report by the NRC R&A has been released.

Dear Colleagues,

This is the letter from SARA, a short update for NASA scientists. You can subscribe to this letter via RSS feed.

There have been many amendments to ROSES 2009 since my last letter. In the past week alone we have had a three amendments creating new proposal opportunities: The Science of Terra and Aqua” (#24), Strategic Astrophysics Technology (#25), and Atmospheric CO2 Observations from Space (#26). Prior amendments in the past month or so included a change of due date for Lunar Advanced Science and Exploration Research (LASER) to January 22, 2010, and pushing off Atmospheric Composition: Tropical Photochemistry and Aerosol Airborne Campaign until ROSES 2010. Details can be found on the ROSES 09 Amendments page. You can now easily keep track of all Amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES 2009 through a convenient ROSES 2009 RSS feed.

In addition to amendments to ROSES 2009, summaries and links to many other solicitations can also be found on the SARA solicitations page, including the Draft Discovery 2010 Announcement of Opportunity, Solar Probe Plus Investigations, the Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 18 Call for Proposals, and the Graduate Student (NESSF) Fellowships. You will also find a new version of our Planned Future Solicitations PDF at the bottom of that page.

As always, many updates have been made to the SARA web page, especially, the latest grant statistics. Not only can you find all of the ROSES 2008 selection information all in one place, and the first dozen ROSES 2009 selections on their own html pages, the statistics are combined in the “grant stats” files downloadable in either PDF or XLS format.

Finally, the NRC R&A study chaired by Len Fisk officially known as 'The Role and Scope of Mission-Enabling Activities in NASA's Space and Earth Science Missions' has just released its final report, and I encourage you to take a look at it. Here at NASA we have only just seen it ourselves, so we are still taking in the full implications of the recommendations, but they clearly understood the issues and have written an insightful report, and we look forward to learning from it.

Max Bernstein
SARA at nasa dot gov

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