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

* 2016 February 25 - June 01: Remaining ROSES-2015 Deadlines

ROSES-2015 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.8       Strategic Astrophysics Technology 	      01/22/2016   03/18/2016*
D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis 	      01/22/2016   03/18/2016*
D.4       Astrophysics Theory 	                      Not solicited this year

* means that the date has been modified in an amendment to the original ROSES announcement

* 2016 March 15 at 06:00pm EDT: Chandra X-Ray Observatory Cycle 18 Call for Proposals Deadline

* 2016 October 7 at 12:00 UT: XMM-Newton Sixteenth Announcement of Opportunity Anticipated Proposal Deadline

Full Details of Deadlines

* 2016 February 25 - June 01

Range of remaining deadlines for ROSES-2015 proposals.

NASA's Science Mission Directorate announced the release of its annual omnibus solicitation, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) for 2015 on February 13, 2015.

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 (NNH15ZDA001N) 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 p roposal 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. Interested proposers should monitor http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ or subscribe to the electronic notification system there for additional new programs or amendments to this ROSES NRA through February 2016, 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 at: http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2015/.

Frequently asked questions about ROSES-2015 will be on the web at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/faqs/. 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 at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/program-officers-list/.

Questions concerning general ROSES NRA policies and procedures may be directed to Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, at sara@nasa.gov.

2015 May 12: A number of corrections and clarifications have been made to the ROSES-15 Summary of Solicitation.

In response to comments from proposing organizations, the ROSES-2015 Summary of Solicitation has been modified in a few ways. First, award dollar values are no longer required for the current and pending support section. Second, we have clarified the rules about the order of components of the Scientific/Technical section of the proposal, as well as the location of the Table of Personnel and Work Effort. Finally, new program elements previously added to ROSES via amendments now appear in the list of appendices.

A more detailed description of these changes and comparisons to what appears in the guidebook for proposers appears at http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2015. Proposers should also read the ROSES-2015 Summary of Solicitation.

Questions concerning these changes may be directed to: Max Bernstein at sara@nasa.gov.

ROSES-15 Amendment 6: Change in due date for D.3 Astrophysics Research and Analysis, D.8 Strategic Astrophysics Technology, and A.33 the CloudSat and CALIPSO Science Team Recompete.

When setting the schedule for ROSES-2015, the proposal due dates for three program elements were inadvertently placed on Saturday. This amendment corrects that error, shifting the due dates to weekdays.

For both program elements D.3, Astrophysics Research and Analysis, and D.8, Strategic Astrophysics Technology, proposals are now due by March 18, 2016. Notices of Intent to propose remain unchanged; they are requested by January 22, 2016.

For program element A.33, The CloudSat and CALIPSO Science Team Recompete, the proposal due date is now July 31, 2015. Notices of Intent to propose remain unchanged; they are requested by May 26th, 2015.

On or about March 24, 2015, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2015" (NNH15ZDA001N) 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-2015.

Questions concerning D.3, Astrophysics Research and Analysis may be directed to: Michael Garcia at Michael.R.Garcia@nasa.gov.

Questions concerning D.8, Strategic Astrophysics Technology may be directed to: Rita Sambruna at Rita.M.Sambruna@nasa.gov.

Questions concerning A.33, The CloudSat and CALIPSO Science Team may be directed to: David Considine at david.b.considine@nasa.gov.

ROSES-15 Clarification to D.3 APRA

Potential proposers to program element D.3 Astrophysics Research and AnalysisProgram (APRA) should note that several changes have been made to the solicitation. The program element has been clarified to confirm explicitly that it does not solicit for 'astro-combs' under supporting technology, it highlights the timeliness of Laboratory Astrophysics proposals pertaining to JWST and ASTRO-H, and updates the point of contact for Laboratory Astrophysics to Douglas.M.Hudgins@nasa.gov.

No changes in the due dates have been made: NOIs are due 1/22/16 and proposals are due 3/18/16.

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Michael Garcia at Michael.R.Garcia@nasa.gov.

ROSES-2015 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.8       Strategic Astrophysics Technology 	      01/22/2016   03/18/2016*
D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis 	      01/22/2016   03/18/2016*
D.4       Astrophysics Theory 	                      Not solicited this year

* means that the date has been modified in an amendment to the original ROSES announcement

* 2016 March 15 at 6:00pm EDT:

Chandra X-Ray Observatory Cycle 18 Call for Proposals Deadline

The Chandra X-ray Center is pleased to announce the release of the Cycle 18 Call for Proposals (CfP) inviting scientists to participate in the Chandra X-ray Observatory's science program.

What's New in Cycle 18

Large Programs:

The default boundary between General Observer (GO) and Large Projects (LP) is 
set at 400 ksec for Cycle 18 and future cycles. In recent cycles, the large 
number of LPs has resulted in an undue burden on the Big Project Panel (which 
makes the final recommendation on LPs) and also the Topical Panels (LPs are 
reviewed in two panels). As in previous cycles, an LP must be designated as 
such by the PI.

Joint Contingent Large Projects (JCLPs):

Programs that require substantial investments of observing time from Chandra 
and one or more other facilities (the Contingent Observatories or COs), where 
the observing requests are too large to be considered as a normal Joint 
proposal. Currently, COs are limited to NASA/ESA space facilities. The Chandra 
time is approved but not scheduled until time on the partner facilities is 
approved. If the relevant proposal is not awarded its full request by the CO 
Time Allocation Committee(s), the Chandra program is withdrawn. JCLPs must 
request >= 400 ksec of Chandra time. The minimum CO requests are: 35 orbits for
HST, 20 hours for Spitzer, and 300 ksec for XMM, Swift and NuStar. The total 
time allocated to JCLPs <= 500 ksec in Cycle 18. JCLPs are reviewed via the 
same process as LPs. They can be multi-cycle, and/or contain time-constrained 
targets, but observations cannot be constrained to occur before October 2016. 
Full details are given in Section 5.1.

FAQ: Is only one JCLP going to be approved in this cycle?

Answer: The number of JCLP proposals to be approved is not pre-determined. The 
peer review will make recommendations via the usual process and may, for 
example, recommend more than one by including only part of the proposed time 

Default Target Offsets:

The Chandra aimpoint has changed throughout the mission primarily due to 
thermal changes in the Aspect Camera Assembly. To compensate for these changes,
 default offsets were introduced to place the target away from chip edges or 
node boundaries and closer to the optical axis. In the past year, ACA 
temperatures have fluctuated more rapidly. To compensate for these changes, 
target offsets will be calculated and applied at the time a target is scheduled
to be observed. Full details are given in the POG, Chapters 4 and 5.

Initial Proposal Parameter Sign-Off (IPPS):

In previous Cycles, there was a two-step checkoff process for approved targets.
In the first step, observers were contacted and asked to confirm that basic 
target information was correct (the Initial Proposal Parameter Sign-off (IPPS))
so that the target could be inserted into the Long Term Schedule. The second 
step involved a detailed discussion of the observing set-up. In Cycle 18, 
observers will have the opportunity to sign off on targets as "flight ready" at
the IPPS stage. Observers may request help from an instrument scientist at any 
time. All targets declared "flight ready" via IPPS will be reviewed by an 
instrument scientist before being scheduled.

Cycle 18 Scheduling:

The nominal start time for Cycle 18 is January 2017. To facilitate planning, a 
mix of Cycle 17 and Cycle 18 targets will be scheduled for some time before and
after the nominal change-over month. We expect that Cycle 18 observations will 
take up greater than 50% of the available time from sometime in February 2017.

* 2016 October 7 at 12:00UT:

XMM-Newton Sixteenth Announcement of Opportunity Anticipated Proposal Deadline

The Sixteenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-16) is not yet open.
The planned key milestones for the sixteenth XMM-Newton "Announcement of 
Opportunity" have been established. Within this AO-16 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:

The planned key milestones for AO-16 are:
 	Announcement of Opportunity	       23 August 2016
 	Due date for Proposals	                7 October 2016 (12:00 UT)
 	Final OTAC approved programme	     late December 2016
For approved proposals only:
 	Start of phase II proposal submission  10 January 2017
 	Closure of phase II proposal submission	3 February 2017
 	Start of AO-16 observations	          May 2017

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

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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