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

* 2014 September 17 - 2015 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.5      Swift Guest Investigator - Cycle 11          N/A          09/25/2014
D.9      Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships     09/05/2014   11/06/2014
D.11*    NuSTAR Guest Observer - Cycle 1              N/A          11/25/2014
D.6      Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 8           N/A          01/15/2015
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.

* 2014 October 10: XMM-Newton 14th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-14) Deadline

* 2015 mid-January: Suzaku 10th Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10) Anticipated Deadline


Full Details of Deadlines


* 2014 September 17 - 2015 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.5      Swift Guest Investigator - Cycle 11          N/A          09/25/2014
D.9      Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships     09/05/2014   11/06/2014
D.11*    NuSTAR Guest Observer - Cycle 1              N/A          11/25/2014 
D.6      Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 8           N/A          01/15/2015
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 32: Release of a new call under D.11 NuSTAR Guest Observer - Cycle 1

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Small Explorer (SMEX) mission is the first orbiting telescope to focus light in the high energy X-ray region of the electromagnetic spectrum (E > 10 keV), with an effective bandpass of 3 - 79 keV. The observatory provides a combined improvement in sensitivity and spatial/spectral resolution by factors of 10 to 100 over previous missions that have operated at these energies. The NuSTAR Guest Observer (GO) Program solicits proposals for basic research relevant to the NuSTAR mission. The initial round of Guest Observations (Cycle 1) will commence on or about April 1, 2015, and last for a nominal period of 12 months. Further details on the Cycle 1 program may be found on the NuSTAR Guest Observer Program website. Observing time will be made available to scientists at both U.S. and non-U.S. institutions.

NOIs are not requested. The due date for proposals is November 25, 2014.

On or about August 26, 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.

Programmatic information may be obtained from the NuSTAR Program Scientist, Louis Kaluzienski, at louis.j.kaluzienski@nasa.gov. Technical questions may be directed to the NuSTAR Mission Scientist, Craig Markwardt, at the NuSTAR Guest Observer Program Office at Craig.Markwardt@nasa.gov.


* 2014 October 10, 12:00 UT

Deadline for
XMM-Newton Fourteenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-14) proposals.

XMM-Newton is the second cornerstone of ESA's Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It was launched by an Ariane 5 launcher and offers astronomers a unique opportunity to perform high throughput non-dispersive spectroscopic imaging in the energy range from 0.2 keV to 12 keV (European Photon Imaging Camera) and medium resolution dispersive spectroscopy (Reflection Grating Spectrometer) in the energy range from 0.4 keV to 2.2 keV. In addition it provides simultaneous optical/UV observations with a co-aligned telescope (Optical Monitor).

This Announcement solicits proposals to be carried out in the period from May 2015 to April 2016. Proposers from all over the world are welcome to participate. All proposals will be subject to independent peer review by the XMM-Newton Observing Time Allocation Committee. Potential proposers are expected to prepare and submit proposals in electronic form, by the deadline given below, using the XMM-Newton Remote Proposal Submission software.

The key milestones for AO-14 are:

Announcement of Opportunity: 26 August 2014
Due date for Proposals: 10 October 2014 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme: late December 2014

After the cycle of proposal submission and selection, the observation details for successful proposals must be entered into the observatory system. This is done during "Phase II" proposal submission. Please find below for your information the anticipated time line for that eventual Phase II:

Start of phase II proposal submission: 13 January 2015
Closure of phase II proposal submission: 6 February 2015


* 2015 mid-January

Anticipated deadline for Suzaku Tenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-10) proposals

The Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for the Suzaku Guest Observer Program has been released around early September of each year since cycle 2 (2006). As you may know, however, the electric power condition of Suzaku has become severe by degrees, and now the XIS and the HXD can be operated simultaneously only while the solar angle and the orbit both satisfy certain conditions. As a result, it is found that all observations of the targets with priority A and B cannot be completed by the end of March 2015. The operation team has started to consider further reduction of the electric power consumption, in order to increase the period during which contemporaneous XIS and HXD observations can be performed.

In the meantime, the Steering Committee has decided to extend the currently running AO-9 cycle by two months. Accordingly, the next AO (AO-10) is now planned to be released around early November this year, followed by a proposal submission deadline in mid-January 2015.


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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