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ROSES-2022


SALMON-3 AO

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.

EVI-6 Released as PEA Letter R of SALMON-3

Mandatory NOIs are Due: June 2, 2022
Proposals are Due: September 1, 2022
Link to the NSPIRES page https://go.nasa.gov/EVI6
Pre-Proposal Conference: TBD, see below

Summary
The major changes between the draft and final EVI-6 PEA R include clarifications that: (1) All types of SmallSats (including CubeSats) can be proposed; (2) NASA expects to launch any selected SmallSat investigation through the Venture-Class Acquisition of Dedicated and Rideshare (VADR) Launch Services or on other NASA-selected launch services as a rideshare; (3) Proposers may assume that the International Space Station will be operational through 2030; (4) Investigators both participate in and support the Earth System Science Pathfinder Project Office (ESSP-PO) with life cycle and Key Decision Point (KDP) reviews; (5) The Open-Source Science (OSS) Policy applies only to science data products and not to spacecraft operations, to engineering data, nor to information designated as International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) or Export Administration Regulations (EAR); (6) The Student Collaboration is optional.

A Pre-Proposal Web Conference will be held via teleconference/WebEx. The forthcoming date, agenda, and logistical information for this session maybe found by visiting the EVI-6 Acquisition Homepage at https://essp.larc.nasa.gov/EVI-6/

Questions/comments may be directed, up until two weeks before the proposal due date to hank.a.margolis@nasa.gov.


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.

Draft Astrophysics Probe AO to be released in June

SMD has released Community Announcement NNH22ZDA008L on SAM.gov concerning its intention to solicit investigations for the Astrophysics Probe Program, see https://sam.gov/opp/abcb453b2de84ac39d68ff7217ecf159/view

Responses to the Astrophysics Probe AO will be limited to one of these two mission themes recommended by the Decadal Survey:

  • A far infrared imaging or spectroscopy mission, and
  • An X-ray probe to complement ESA’s Athena Observatory.


The schedule for the solicitation is intended to be:

Release of draft AO:

June 2022 (target)

Release of final AO:

January 2023 (target)

Preproposal conference:

~ 3 weeks after final AO release

Proposals due:

90 days after AO release

Selection for competitive Phase A studies:

Early 2024 (target)

Concept study reports due:

Late 2024 (target)

Down-selection:

Mid 2025 (target)

Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the Astrophysics Probe Acquisition website at https://explorers.larc.nasa.gov/2023APPROBE/. Questions and feedback on the policies in this notice are due by March 15, 2022, in order to be considered as a part of the development of the Draft AO and may be addressed by email with “Astrophysics Probe” in the subject header to Dr. Patricia Knezek, Astrophysics Probe Program Lead Scientist, Astrophysics Division, patricia.m.knezek@nasa.gov. Questions and feedback will be acknowledged, and responses to inquiries will be posted at the Questions and Answers (Q&A) location on the Astrophysics Probe Acquisition website. Anonymity of persons or institutions submitting questions will be preserved.

 

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 beta.SAM.gov 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 https://newfrontiers.larc.nasa.gov/NF5/ as it becomes available. Address questions and comments on this third community notice to Dr. Curt Niebur at curt.niebur@nasa.gov.


 

Community Announcements

 

Lunar and Planetary Institute RFI

Response Date: June 1, 2022
URL: https://go.nasa.gov/RFI22LP.

NASA is requesting information that may influence the formulation of a solicitation(s) to continue activities operated via a Lunar and Planetary Institute. Over 50 years ago, the National Academy of Sciences recommended the creation of an independent-of-NASA Lunar Science Institute that was renamed the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in 1978. LPI is not a NASA facility, and it does not share a fiscal identity with NASA nor is it a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC).

Interested parties may create a response to this Request for Information on the NSPIRES page for NNH22ZDA010L.

If, after reading the PDF text of this RFI on NSPIRES, you have questions, they should be directed to Stephen.A.Rinehart@nasa.gov by May 4, 2022.

SPD-41: Scientific Information policy for the Science Mission Directorate

Data, software, and publications produced as part of SMD awards are a significant public investment and should be made publicly available. To provide contextual guidance to proposers, awardees and other members of our communities, SMD has created SPD-41: The Scientific Information Policy, based on recommendations from SMD's Strategy for Data Management and Computing for Groundbreaking Science 2019-2024. This version includes our current understanding of the Federal guidance, NASA policy, and best practices currently incorporated into or applicable to our programs.

A link to SPD-41 and other documents are now available on SMD's Science Information Policy webpage. SMD will be releasing a draft update to SPD-41 that incorporates more recent policy directives, recommendations from National Academy and NASA SMD community studies, and best practices from the community.

To collect feedback on the implementation of SPD-41, SMD plans to release an RFI on this topic by the end of October. In addition, SMD will hold a virtual community townhall on this topic. Until response dates for the RFI and townhall are released, please email any questions/comments to HQ-SMD-SPD41@mail.nasa.gov. All questions will be responded to, either individually or on the Scientific Information Policy Frequently Asked Questions page.

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: https://sti.nasa.gov/new-external-submission-portal/.

The STI Program invites comments and questions about this new external manuscript submission portal via the Research Access Help Desk at https://sti.nasa.gov/sti-contact-form/?RequestType=ResearchAccess.

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 https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/dual-anonymous-peer-review.

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 https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/NoDD.

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 given at Goddard in February 2022 at https://youtu.be/62QqJ2Nnlzc and older 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 https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/new-pi-resources.


Please direct questions or corrections on this page to SARA@nasa.gov