Funding Opportunities and Announcements
- The 2021 version of Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES-21) was posted at https://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2021 on or about February 14, 2021.
- Table 2 with all program elements organized by due date was posted at https://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2021table2
- Table 3 with all program elements organized by subject matter was posted at https://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2021table3
- The FAQ on what's new in ROSES-2021 was posted at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/faqs/#1 and links to slides and a recording of a What's new in ROSES talk may be found in the Library under "Links".
- We have a few ways for proposers to keep up to date with changes to ROSES after release. You are encouraged to:
- Subscribe to the SMD NSPIRES mailing lists (by logging in at https://nspires.nasaprs.com and checking the appropriate boxes under Account Management and Email Subscriptions),
- Bookmark the ROSES-2021 blog for clarifications, corrections and amendments at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2021/ and
- Subscribe to the relevant ROSES-2021 due date Google calendars. Instructions have been posted at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/library-and-useful-links or you may follow this link to download the PDF How to Subscribe to the ROSES-2021 Due Date Calendars.
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.
DRAFT EVI-6 Released
Prospective Bidders Web Conference: 1-3 p.m. Eastern Time
Comments Due: December 1, 2021
The full Draft PEA text can be found at: https://go.nasa.gov/3AWJ0QT
Earth Venture Instrument-6 (EVI-6) will solicit proposals for complete PI-led science investigations that are based on one or more (a) Class D space-based instruments or (b) Class D CubeSats. The selected EVI-6 investigations will conduct innovative research that addresses pressing Earth system science questions.
The Cost Cap on the PI-Managed Mission Cost for an EVI-6 investigation estimate is $37M in Fiscal Year 2024 dollars with a possibility of an additional request of up to $5.3M for a Science Enhancement Option. NASA expects to select one or more Class D Instrument and/or Class D CubeSat Investigations based on funding availability at the time of selection.
The full Draft PEA text can be found at: https://go.nasa.gov/3AWJ0QT
The time frame for the solicitation is estimated to be:
Release of Draft EVI-6 PEA: October 26, 2021
Prospective Bidders Web Conference: November 12, 2021 (1-3 p.m. ET)
Comment Period Closes: December 1, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET)
Release of Final EVI-6 PEA: January-February 2022 (target)
Preproposal Web Conference: ~2 to 3 weeks after Final PEA release
Mandatory Notice of Intent deadline: ~5 weeks after Final PEA release (11:59 p.m. ET)
Proposal deadline: ~3 to 4 months after Final PEA release (11:59 p.m. ET)
Further information will be posted on the EVI-6 Acquisition Homepage at https://essp.larc.nasa.gov/EVI-6/ as it becomes available. Individuals should consult existing EVI-6 questions and answers at https://essp.larc.nasa.gov/EVI-6/evi-6_qas.html in case a clarification has already been provided.
Questions and other comments on the Draft EVI-6 PEA may be addressed to Dr. Hank Margolis, EVI-6 Program Scientist, at email@example.com with the subject line "EVI-6 Draft PEA.” Questions and Answers will be posted on the EVI-6 Q&As section of the EVI-6 Acquisition Homepage. Anonymity of the authors of all questions will be preserved.
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)
~ 3 weeks after final AO release
90 days after AO release
Selection for competitive Phase A studies:
Early 2024 (target)
Concept study reports due:
Late 2024 (target)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
The NASA Astrophysics Division has created a website where updates to NASA Astrophysics activities at the cancelled AAS239 meeting can be shown. You can find it at: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/events-at-aas239. The website will be updated as often as possible to reflect current status, so please check back regularly. If you have a NASA-sponsored event that is missing from the current list, or an update on an event that is listed, please contact Dr. Patricia Knezek, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planetary Advisory Committee meeting February 15, 12-6 pm Eastern Time
The next Planetary Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting will take place on February 15, 2022 from 12.00 to 6.00 pm (Eastern). The agenda will include Planetary Science Division (PSD) and Research and Analysis (R&A) updates, as well as a discussion period with representatives from the Planetary Science Analysis/Assessment Groups. The agenda is posted online: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/nac/science-advisory-committees/pac
Connection: The meeting will be held via Webex. The event address for attendees is: https://nasaevents.webex.com/nasaevents/onstage/g.php?MTID=eaf02abdfed7a5acf5468be483fd15e67. The meeting number is: 2760 600 4415 and the password is: QTeyX3sXA24.
Accessibility: Captioning will be provided for this meeting. NASA is committed to providing equal access to this meeting for all participants. If you need alternative formats or other reasonable accommodations, please contact Ms. KarShelia Kinard, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, (202) 358–2355 or email@example.com.
Heliophysics Data Environment RFI
Response Date: January 31, 2022
The Heliophysics Division (HPD) seeks information and community feedback on the current and future needs for NASA’s Heliophysics data, and associated archives, tools, models, and resources. This information will be used to inform NASA’s restructuring, expansion, and evolution of the Heliophysics data archiving infrastructure, currently known as the Heliophysics Data Environment (HPDE) located at https://hpde.gsfc.nasa.gov.
For the full text of the RFI and response instructions, visit https://go.nasa.gov/3DxpHPI. Responses must be submitted via NSPIRES. Questions and comments concerning this RFI may be sent to one or both email addresses listed below with the subject line: "NASA HPDE RFI Question/Clarification" no later than 11:59 Eastern time on January 21, 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.
Approval to Exceed GSA Lodging for LPSC 2022
A waiver for lodging for grantees attending The Lunar and Planetary Science Conference on March 7-11, 2022 has been posted on the letters from SARA 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 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.