2015 February 02 - March 31
Range of remaining deadlines for
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROSES-2014 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the High-Energy
Astronomy Community include:
Appendix Program Element NOI/Step 1 Proposal
Due Date Due Date
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
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
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
- 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
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
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 220.127.116.11).
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