Funding Opportunities




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.

SIMPLEx AO No Earlier Than April 2021.

There will be a delay in the release of the Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) Announcement of Opportunity (AO). Previously, the planetary science division had announced at town hall meetings that the SIMPLEx AO would be released no earlier than September 2020, but it is now anticipated that the SIMPLEx AO will be released no earlier than April 2021. Any inquiries should be directed to the SIMPLEx email:

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.

Delay of New Frontiers to June 2027

Estimated Release of draft AO ………….…. October 2023 (target)
Estimated Release of final AO ……..…….... October 2024 (target)
Estimated Proposal due date …………........       90 days after AO release

Community announcement NNH20ZDA016L notified potential proposers of the decision to delay the release of the next New Frontiers AO. The new target is no later than fall 2024 for the release of the final AO. This is a delay of approximately two years compared to the November 5, 2020 announced target date of October 2022 that was posted on both on as a "special notice" and as a community announcement on NSPIRES.

The launch date for Dragonfly, the fourth mission in the New Frontiers Program, has been delayed to June 2027. This delay of the Dragonfly launch date is not a reflection on the progress and performance of the Dragonfly project. Rather, the delays are driven by other missions being in peak development and COVID-related challenges in the broader Planetary Science Division portfolio. The updated AO schedule estimate allows selection of the fifth New Frontiers mission at around the time of Dragonfly’s launch, thereby avoiding the budget strain of having two New Frontiers missions in development at the same time.

The new AO release date places the fifth New Frontiers mission firmly in the time period being deliberated upon by the ongoing planetary science decadal survey. NASA SMD intends to use the results of this decadal survey, expected in early 2022, to guide the New Frontiers 5 AO.

NASA has not approved the issuance of the New Frontiers AO and this notification does not obligate NASA to issue the AO and solicit proposals. Any costs incurred by prospective investigators in preparing submissions in response to this third notification or the planned Draft NF5 AO are incurred completely at the submitter's own risk.

Further information will be posted on the New Frontiers Program Acquisition Page at as it becomes available. Address questions and comments on this third community notice to Dr. Curt Niebur at


Community Announcements


Upcoming Job Announcement: SMD Program Scientists

The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) will be hiring one or more scientists to serve as civil servant Program Scientists at Headquarters in Washington, DC. SMD will fill multiple Program Scientist positions in the Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, Astrophysics, or Biological & Physical Sciences Divisions, Exploration Science Strategy & Integration Office, Front Office, and/or other SMD program offices. Program Scientists work as part of a diverse and agile team whose core values include excellence, integrity, transparency, teamwork, and a growth mindset toward stewarding the nation’s space-based science program.

NASA's Program Scientists have broad responsibility for advancing NASA’s science portfolio; serving as the Headquarters science leads for one or more missions; developing and shaping multimillion-dollar scientific research grants programs selected through competitive peer review; and leading NASA’s preparation for implementing the recommendations of Decadal Surveys. Program Scientists have substantial influence over high-level strategic planning, as well as leading the long-term scientific direction of missions and programs that they oversee. 

Specifically, a Program Scientist within SMD will:

  1. Solve problems in implementing a balanced program across the breadth of NASA science within technological, scientific, budgetary, and programmatic constraints. Provide solutions that are strategic and tactical, and are innovative as well as implementable, in alignment with the priorities of NASA.
  2. Orchestrate peer reviews that evaluate the scientific merit of proposals in all areas of NASA science.
  3. Collaboratively define a long-term vision for the program and work collaboratively to implement it in a fast-paced environment, while leading diverse teams using influence rather than supervisory authority.
  4. Communicate, engage, and build consensus with multiple stakeholders, including the scientific community, external advisory committees, senior NASA leaders, programs and projects at NASA Centers, and the public.
  5. Manage multiple responsibilities using effective time management and organizational skills.

NASA recognizes that candidates with non-traditional career paths, or individuals who are at earlier stages of their careers may have demonstrated experience in different ways. NASA encourages applications from such individuals.

Additional Information:

  • For the Heliophysics Division, applicants with backgrounds in Magnetospheres, Ionosphere-Thermosphere, and Outer Heliosphere are preferred. Applicants with backgrounds in solar and inner heliosphere are also strongly encouraged to apply
  • For the Astrophysics Division, applicants with backgrounds in all areas of astrophysics, including cosmic origins, exoplanet exploration, and physics of the cosmos are encouraged to apply
  • For the Planetary Science Division, applicants with backgrounds in all areas of planetary science are encouraged to apply. Applicants with experience in field/particle-related research are of particular interest
  • For the Exploration Science Strategy and Integration Office, applicants with backgrounds in all areas of lunar science, are encouraged to apply
  • For the Biological and Physical Sciences Division, applicants with backgrounds in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) physics and quantum science are preferred. Applicants with backgrounds in applications of quantum metrology to fundamental physics are also strongly encouraged to apply

Application Process
The job announcement will open for applications at on Friday, May 7, and will close on Tuesday, May 11. The announcement number will be HQ-21-DE-11072486-ST

This will be a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) announcement through, so it will only be open for 3 workdays. The short period that the announcement is open is due to the type of hiring authority, which streamlines the hiring process and assists with rapidly filling competitive positions. It is not a reflection of the openness of the position. This competitive announcement will be open to all U.S. Citizens and Status candidates.

Advance notice of the vacancy is being provided to allow interested scientists to prepare. To apply for this position, you will only need to (i) submit your resume and a transcript and (ii) answer the screening questions and supplemental information through USAJOBS.

Given the short period the announcement will be open, it is a good idea to log into USAJOBS before the job announcement opens and update your username, password, resume, etc., to facilitate the timely submission of an application.

A transcript demonstrating that you meet the education requirements for a Federal physical scientist will be required at the time of application. Given the short period that the announcement will be open, it is a good idea to obtain a transcript in advance.  While a transcript is the preferred proof of qualifying education, any of the following items will be accepted initially as proof of education:

  • An unofficial transcript,
  • A copy of an official transcript,
  • A copy of a degree (i.e., a picture or scan), or
  • A list of courses.

Candidates interested in being notified when this job opportunity is posted on USAJOBS and opened for three days are encouraged to sign up for a notification using the features of the USAJOBS website.

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 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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