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Two Heliophysics Explorer AOs Released

NNH22ZDA016O - 2022 Heliophysics Small Explorer (SMEX) AO – Short URL:
NNH22ZDA017O - 2022 Heliophysics Explorers Mission of Opportunity AO - Short URL:

Pre-proposal Conference Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022
Required Notice(s) of Intent Due: October 24, 2022
Proposal(s) Due: December 8, 2022

Please email 2022 SMEX AO questions and comments to both Dan Moses, Program Scientist 2022 SMEX AO,, and Chauncey Wu, Acquisition Manager 2022 SMEX AO, The email subject line should read “2022 Heliophysics SMEX AO” to be routed properly.

Please email 2022 Heliophysics MO AO questions and comments to both Dan Moses, Program Scientist 2022 MO AO,, and James Florance, Acquisition Manager 2022 MO AO, The email subject line should read "2022 Heliophysics MO AO" to be routed properly.

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.

Earth System Explorers

NASA expects to solicit concepts that include one or more of the 2017 Decadal Survey Earth System Explorer Targeted Observables, with Greenhouse Gases a likely emphasis for one of those selections. Subject to funding availability, the updated schedule for the solicitation is:

Release of draft AO:

November 2022 (target)

Release of final AO:

March 2023 (target)

Preproposal conference:

~ 2 weeks after final AO release

Proposals due:

~ 90 days after AO release

Selection for competitive Phase A studies:

April 2024 (target)

Concept study reports due:

January 2025 (target)


July 2025 (target)

Comments or questions may be addressed via email to  Depending on the nature of the question(s), NASA may post responses at the Questions & Answers (Q&As) location of the Explorer Program Acquisition website at; anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions will be preserved.



SMD is delaying the release of the draft Dynamical Neutral Atmosphere-Ionosphere Coupling (DYNAMIC) mission solicitation due to reduced budget availability anticipated at this time. Further information specific to DYNAMIC will be posted on the Acquisition Homepage at as it becomes available. The DYNAMIC acquisition planning is described on the Announcements tab of the Acquisition Homepage.

Questions about the DYNAMIC may be directed Jared Leisner at Depending on the nature of the question(s)/comments, NASA may respond on an individual basis by email or may post responses at the Questions and Answers (Q&A) section of DYNAMIC Acquisition Homepage Anonymity of persons/institutions who submit questions/comments will be preserved.


New Frontiers Schedule Update

Release of major parameters of AO:

August 2022 (target)

Release of draft AO:

November 2022 (target)

Release of final AO:

November 2023 (target)

Preproposal conference:

~ 3 weeks after final AO

Proposals due:

March 2024 (target)

Selection for competitive Phase A studies:

December 2024 (target)

Concept study reports due:

January 2026 (target)


October 2026 (target)

The New Frontiers 5 AO will be based on the SMD Standard PI-led Mission AO Template available at However, proposers must read carefully the Final New Frontiers 5 AO text when it is released via NSPIRES for necessary details and any adjustments to the AO Template or changes from the draft New Frontiers 5 AO text.

Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted on the New Frontiers 5 Acquisition website at Questions and feedback on the schedule in this notice are due by July 29, 2022 by email to Questions and feedback will be acknowledged, and responses to inquiries will be posted in the Q&A on the NF5 Acquisition website. Anonymity of persons or institutions submitting questions will be preserved.


Community Announcements


Request for Information: NASA’s Terra, Aqua, and Aura Drifting Orbits Workshop

Response Date: October 11, 2022

The Terra, Aqua, and Aura Drifting orbits Workshop will be held virtually on November 1-2, 2022. The Workshop Agenda (link to PDF) has been posted under “Other documents” on the NSPIRES page for NNH22ZDA018L. To attend please register at Webex info will be posted by October 21, 2022.

SMD seeks input from the science community in the development and implementation of a Terra, Aqua, and Aura (T, A &A) Drifting Orbits workshop planned for later this calendar year. NASA Headquarters Earth Science Division (ESD) requests input from the science community addressing 1) science that is uniquely enabled by observations during the period of orbital drift and 2) the benefits to and impact on current societal applications.

The most recent Senior Review for NASA’s Earth science operating missions (available at: discussed the aging Terra, Aqua, and Aura spacecrafts and recommended further study of science possibilities near their lives’ end. All three satellites currently have sufficient remaining propellant to continue operations for a few more years, but the amount of propellant is insufficient in each case to maintain the platforms in controlled equatorial Mean Local Time (MLT) polar orbits. This orbital drift suggests that, for many purposes, the future observations will have reduced scientific and application value compared to data from fixed MLT orbits.

RFI responses should address the potential for new, unique science made possible with the observations provided by the orbital drift of the platforms. All responses to this RFI must be submitted via the NSPIRES page for this RFI.

After having carefully reviewed the RFI’s full text (PDF) and any Q&As, feel free to email questions and comments concerning this RFI to with the subject line: “NASA’s T, A & A Drifting Orbits Workshop RFI Question/Clarification.”


2023 Heliophysics Space Weather Focused Mission of Opportunity Community Announcement

SMD’s Heliophysics Division has released this Community Announcement as a special notice on under Notice ID NNH22ZDA019L concerning its intention to release a draft Announcement of Opportunity (AO) to solicit a PI-led Heliophysics Space Weather Science Program Focused Mission of Opportunity investigation for a remote sensing extreme ultraviolet (EUV) imager instrument to be hosted on the European Space Agency Vigil mission, to observe the Sun from the Sun–Earth Lagrange point L5.

The full description of the Vigil mission and provided instruments can be found in the Vigil Mission Objectives and Payload Description document (password: “2022VigilNIO!”). Descriptions of the spacecraft interface and total payload resources, including mass, power, and data for the instrument are provided in the ESA Proposer’s Information Package (password: “2022VigilNIO!”).

This is the draft schedule:

Draft AO Release Date


Comments on Draft AO Date

2 weeks after Draft AO release

AO Release Date

approximately 12 weeks after Draft AO release

Preproposal Conference (webinar)

approximately 3 weeks after AO release

Notice of Intent to Propose (mandatory)

approximately 6 weeks after AO release

Proposal Submittal Deadline

no less than 90 days after AO release

Selection Announced (target)

approximately 8 months after AO release

Delivery Readiness Date

No Later Than Q4 Calendar Year 2027

Further information, including any Questions and Answers (Q&A), will be posted on the NASA Science Office of Mission Assessments (SOMA) Vigil FMO Acquisition Website at Depending on the question’s nature, NASA may respond on an individual basis by email or may post Q&As of broad interest or general clarification. Posted Q&As will be edited to preserve the submitter’s anonymity.


Publications in CHORUS Journals Soon to Satisfy Archiving Requirement

As you know, as-accepted manuscript versions of peer reviewed publications that result from NASA-funded awards must be made publicly available 12 months after publication. Recently, this has been done via NASA PubSpace. However, if your publication is in a CHORUS journal, you may not need to directly submit to NASA PubSpace. For more information go to and search on CHORUS or "Updated Guidance".

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 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:

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 given at Goddard in February 2022 at 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

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