High Energy Astrophysics Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

This page lists major upcoming deadlines for the submission of proposals to high-energy and general astrophysics programs and/or missions which may be of interest to HEASARC users. Wherever possible, links are included to the appropriate web sites which have fuller details. Please send information concerning any dates/deadlines that are not currently included and/or corrections to stephen.a.drake @ nasa.gov.

For more information about these and related subjects, you might also want to check out:
(1) the NASA Science Directorate list of Research Opportunities, (2) the HEASARC list of Upcoming Meetings (including meetings in High Energy Astrophysics, Astronomy, and related WWW activities), (3) the HEASARC list of Previous AOs/NRAs for which the Accepted Targets and/or Proposals are Available, (4) the NASA list of Future, Current & Past Science Missions, (5) the NASA Launch Schedule, or (6) the HEASARC's Chronology of High-Energy Astrophysics and General Astronomy

Summary of Deadlines

* 2015 February 02 - March 31: Remaining ROSES-2014 Deadlines

ROSES-2014 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the High-Energy Astronomy Community include:

Appendix  Program Element                             NOI/Step 1   Proposal
                                                      Due Date     Due Date
                                                      MM/DD/Year   MM/DD/Year

D.3      Astrophysics Research and Analysis           01/23/2015   03/20/2015
D.8*     Strategic Astrophysics Technology            01/23/2015   03/20/2015

* means that the component has been amended or added since the initial release of ROSES-2014 and that the text of the amendment is listed below.

* 2015 February 03: Suzaku 10th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10) Deadline

* 2015 March 17 at 6:00pm EDT: Chandra Cycle 17 Call for Proposals Deadline

* 2015 October 09 at 12:00 UT: XMM-Newton 15th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-15) Anticipated Deadline

Full Details of Deadlines

* 2015 February 02 - March 31

Range of remaining deadlines for ROSES-2014 proposals.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate announced the release of its annual omnibus solicitation, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) for 2014 on February 18, 2014.

Table 2 of individual programs in order of due date can be found here.

Table 3 of individual programs organized by subject area can be found here.

This ROSES NRA (NNH14ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This NRA covers all aspects of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences, including, but not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data; aircraft, scientific balloon, sounding rocket, International Space Station, CubeSat and suborbital reusable launch vehicle investigations; development of experiment techniques suitable for future SMD space missions; development of concepts for future SMD space missions; development of advanced technologies relevant to SMD missions; development of techniques for and the laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft, as well as terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from SMD Earth system science missions; determination of atomic and composition parameters needed to analyze space data, as well as returned samples from the Earth or space; Earth surface observations and field campaigns that support SMD science missions; development of integrated Earth system models; development of systems for applying Earth science research data to societal needs; and development of applied information systems applicable to SMD objectives and data.

Awards range from under $100K per year for focused, limited efforts (e.g., data analysis) to more than $1M per year for extensive activities (e.g., development of science experiment hardware). The funds available for awards in each program element offered in this ROSES NRA range from less than one to several million dollars, which allow selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals depending on the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intra-agency transfers depending on the nature of the proposing organization and/or program requirements. The typical period of performance for an award is four years, although a few programs may specify shorter or longer (maximum of five years) periods. Organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on the number or teaming arrangements. Note that it is NASA policy that all investigations involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds.

Electronic submission of proposals is required by the respective due dates for each program element and must be submitted by an authorized official of the proposing organization. Electronic proposals may be submitted via the NASA proposal data system NSPIRES or via Grants.gov. Every organization that intends to submit a proposal in response to this ROSES NRA must be registered with NSPIRES; organizations that intend to submit proposals via Grants.gov must be registered with Grants.gov, in addition to being registered with NSPIRES. Such registration must identify the authorized organizational representative(s) who will submit the electronic proposal. All principal investigators and other participants (e.g., co-investigators) must be registered in NSPIRES regardless of submission system. Potential proposers and proposing organizations are urged to access the system(s) well in advance of the proposal due date(s) of interest to familiarize themselves with its structure and enter the requested information.

Details of the solicited programs are given in the Appendices of this ROSES NRA. Names, due dates, and links for the individual calls are given in Tables 2 and 3 of this ROSES NRA. Table 2, organized by due date, can be found at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2014table2 and Table 3, organized by subject area can be found at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2014table3. Interested proposers should monitor NSPIRES or subscribe to the electronic notification system there for additional new programs or amendments to this ROSES NRA through February 2015, at which time release of a subsequent ROSES NRA is planned. A web archive (and RSS feed) for amendments, clarifications, and corrections to this ROSES NRA will be available here.

Further information about specific program elements may be obtained from the individual Program Officers listed in the Summary of Key Information for each program element in the Appendices of this ROSES NRA and here. Questions concerning general ROSES NRA policies and procedures may be directed to Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, at sara@nasa.gov.

ROSES-2014 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the High-Energy Astronomy Community include:

Appendix  Program Element                             NOI/Step 1   Proposal
                                                      Due Date     Due Date
                                                      MM/DD/Year   MM/DD/Year

D.3      Astrophysics Research and Analysis           01/23/2015   03/20/2015
D.8*     Strategic Astrophysics Technology            01/23/2015   03/20/2015

* means that the component has been amended or added since the initial release of ROSES-2014 and that the text of the amendment is listed below.

ROSES-14 Amendment 47: Revised text for D.8, Strategic Astrophysics Technology

The Astrophysics Division has established the Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program to support the maturation of key technologies to the point at which they are feasible for implementation in space flight missions. The 2010 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics charts a path of discovery for the next decade and beyond that spans the three science program areas of the Astrophysics Division: Exoplanet Exploration, Physics of the Cosmos, and Cosmic Origins. Negotiating that path necessarily requires - either explicitly or implicitly - advancements in technology in each of these science areas. The SAT program is a key component in the Astrophysics Division's efforts to foster those advancements. The SAT Program is designed to support the maturation of technologies whose feasibility has already been demonstrated (i.e., TRL 3), to the point where they can be incorporated into NASA flight missions (TRL 6-7).

Amendment 47 presents revised text for D.8, Strategic Astrophysics Technology. This amendment makes a number of changes to this call and the major ones are as follows: In Section 1 Tables D.8.1 and D.8.2 have been updated to reflect the current NASA Procedural Requirement 7123.1B definitions of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs). In Section 2, some technology efforts previously of interest to TDEM have become directed technology efforts for the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope/Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (WFIRST-AFTA) and are not solicited here. In Section 4, a handful of changes reflect the current interests of the Technology Development for the Cosmic Origins Program (TCOR): (1) next generation detectors, (2) optical coatings, gratings and filters, and (3) precision large optics. New text is in bold and deleted text is struck through. The due dates remain unchanged: Notices of Intent are requested January 23, 2015, and Proposals are due March 20, 2015. On or about December 16, 2014, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2014" (NNH14ZDA001N) was posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and will appear on the RSS feed at http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2014.

NASA points of contact concerning this program are as follows:

TCOR: Mario R. Perez (Mario.Perez@nasa.gov). Tel.: (202) 358-1535

TDEM: Douglas Hudgins (Douglas.M.Hudgins@nasa.gov). Tel.: (202) 358-0988

TPCOS: Rita M. Sambruna (Rita.M.Sambruna@nasa.gov). Tel.: (202) 358-2166

* 2015 February 03 (4:30pm EST for US-based proposers)

Deadline for the
Suzaku Tenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10) proposals

The X-ray Astronomy satellite Suzaku was developed under the collaboration of Japan and the United States, and was launched by ISAS/JAXA on 2005 July 10. Suzaku has successfully carried out astronomical observations using the X-ray Imaging Spectrometer (XIS) and the Hard X-ray Detector (HXD). Starting in 2006 April, we have carried out observations based on proposals received from researchers all over the world. Many observations based on these proposals have resulted in numerous publications that take advantage of the wide-bandpass, high-sensitivity, moderate spectral resolution capabilities of Suzaku. In the mean time, however, the the amount of electric power supply by the Solar Array Paddle (SAP) has decreased noticeably starting in late 2011. Although we have recovered our ability for routine observations for a while, the situation worsened again in 2014, due to the secular decline of the battery capacity. Due to the performance decline of both SAP and the batteries, it is now rare for us to be able to operate both XIS and HXD.

The Suzaku project has continued to monitor the power situation carefully. We have not seen noticeable decline in available power since 2014 July. Therefore, we have decided to proceed with this announcement of opportunity (AO-10), even though there will be a limitation on the instruments that can be operated. Note that we cannot guarantee that further degradation of the power situation will not occur during the AO-10 period. We therefore invite the community to submit observing proposals, while noting the following.

  • The period of AO-10 observations will be 6 months from 2015 May 1 to October 31.
  • We solicit only observations using XIS. When the Suzaku orbit is such that the satellite is in orbital day for a higher fraction of the time than average, we will operate HXD and XIS simultaneously, but this will be possible only for a small subset of the time. We therefore will not accept any proposals for which the use of HXD is necessary.
  • While we will not spare any effort to continue Suzaku observations, one countermeasure in case the power situation degraded further will be to reduce the number of XIS units in operation from 3 to 1. If we take this option, then we will increase the exposure times of accepted observations by a factor of 3.
  • We do not solicit Key Project proposals.

In addition, we plan to continue the Suzaku-Fermi joint program initiated in AO-6, through the Fermi Guest Investigator program. Please refer to the Fermi web page for further details. In contrast, we will not continue the joint Suzaku-Chandra program initiated in AO-4.

In addition, we note that continuation of Suzaku observations beyond 2015 July is also contingent on the results of the ISAS review to extend Suzaku operation.

This call for proposals is applicable to scientists based in the US.

Scientists in ESA member countries should consult this version, while scientists in all other countries, including Japan, should consult this version.

* 2015 March 17 at 6:00pm EDT

Deadline for the Chandra Cycle 17 call for proposals

The Chandra X-ray Center is pleased to announce the release of the Chandra Cycle 17 Call for Proposals (CfP). The CfP, the Proposers' Observatory Guide (POG), proposal planning software, and general information are posted on the above web site.


What's New in Chandra Cycle 17

Large and XVP Programs

There is no XVP Program this Cycle. Proposals larger than 300 ks can be submitted as LPs. There is no limit to the length of an LP, but proposers should be aware that 4 Ms is available for the entire program.

Cycle 17 Scheduling

The nominal start time for Cycle 17 is January 2016. To facilitate planning, a mix of Cycle 16 and Cycle 17 targets will be scheduled in the December 2015 - February 2016 time frame. We expect that Cycle 17 observations will take up greater than 50% of the available time from some time in February 2016.

Joint Observing Projects

Due to degraded battery performance, Suzaku will not participate in the Chandra JPO (Joint Partner Observatory) Program in Cycle 17 or subsequent cycles. The Chandra/ NRAO Joint Program will be expanded to allow NRAO to allocate up to 120 ks of Chandra time in Cycle 17.

GTO Target Selection Timeline

The timeline for GTO target selection will change in Cycle 17 to a process where the bulk of GTO targets are submitted after the approved GO targets are public. Details are given in the CfP (Section

New RPS Field for budget PI

RPS now requires explicit entry for a US-based cost (budget) PI in case the science PI is not affiliated with a US institution. This information is used in the event a Stage 2 proposal is required. The cost PI defaults to the science PI if the science PI is affiliated with a US institution.


* 2015 October 09 at 12:00 UT

Anticipated Deadline for the XMM-Newton 15th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-15) proposals

The planned key milestones for the fifteenth XMM-Newton "Announcement of Opportunity" have been established. Within this AO-15 a new call to submit proposals for observations to be performed with the XMM-Newton observatory will be issued.

To be prepared for this, please find below the anticipated timeline:

Announcement of Opportunity .............. Tuesday 25 August 2015
Due date for Proposals ................... Friday 9 October 2015 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme ............ mid December 2015

For approved proposals only:

Start of phase II proposal submission .... Tuesday 12 January 2016
Closure of phase II proposal submission .. Friday 5 February 2016
Start of AO-15 observations .............. May 2016

The official "Announcement of Opportunity"  will be made public in the
XMM-Newton News  and on the XMM-Newton Science  Operations Centre Home

Advance notice of upcoming deadlines for NASA Research Announcements and Announcements of Opportunity can be found by going to this NASA Research Opportunities Online Future Solicitations webpage.

Page Author: Stephen A. Drake (Stephen.A.Drake 'at' nasa.gov) (301) 286-6962

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