Stage 2 Soliciation
Due: February 1, 2002
National Aeronautics and Space Administration Headquarters
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Dear INTEGRAL AO-1 Guest Observer:
Several months ago ESA completed the scientific and technical evaluation
of proposals received in response to the INTEGRAL AO-1 Call for Proposals,
and has notified PIs of their proposals status (accepted/rejected). This
letter pertains to PIs and/or CoIs on successful AO-1 proposals. We offer
our congratulations, and thank you for your interest in the INTEGRAL
AO-1 Guest Observer (GO) observations are expected to begin in about
November 2002, and will continue thereafter for 12 months. GO observations
will comprise 65% of the available time during the 1-year period covered
Successful US-based INTEGRAL investigators are now invited to submit a
budget proposal for the funding of their investigation(s). This includes
both PIs, and Co-Is of foreign PI proposals. Note that only one budget
proposal per accepted scientific proposal will be allowed, i.e., multiple
US Co-Is on a foreign PI proposal must submit a single proposal as a
group. All Co-I budget requests pertaining to a US-PI proposal must be
contained within the single PI proposal.
Please note that the funding available for the support of INTEGRAL
analysis is limited. In approximate figures, it is anticipated that
funding will be at a mean level of about $45k per PI proposal and $15k per
The US INTEGRAL Users Group (currently being selected from the successful
AO-1 PIs and Co-Is) will advise the GOF in assessing the budget proposals.
Consideration will be given to a number of factors in determining the
appropriate level of funding for an investigation, including the scope of
the investigation, the relative ranking of the proposal (the indicated A,
B or C rating of the targets), the possible presence of other proposals
for which a given PI or Co-I is requesting funding under this NRA, and
other sources of support relevant to this request.
Budget proposals associated with programs awarded only B or C rated
targets will be evaluated, and award recommendations will be made, but no
grant awards will be established until the observations are actually
carried out. Similarly, target of opportunity programs (ToOs) will
generally not be funded until a ToO is declared, and awarded to that
program by the ESA project scientist. If a compelling case can be made
that programs of supporting observations or data analysis are crucial to
the ToO trigger determination, the committee may consider recommending
that a fraction (probably .20%) of the total award be prefunded.
A stage 2 cost proposal consists of:
- An electronic submission of a Cover Page, General Form using the
Remote Proposal System (RPS) .
- A copy of the scientific justification section of the AO-1
proposal as submitted to ESA.
And, in addition, hard-copy submission of the following:
- Cover page, General Form with institutional signatures, and
accepted target list from the RPS submission. Institutional endorsement is
required for Stage 2 budget proposals. Please clearly mark the Cover Page
with the proposal number, as provided by ESA in the PI e-mail proposal
- A one page (or less, minimum 10pt font with reasonable margins)
summary of the budget justification, including a breakdown of the work
assignments for all funded investigators, justification of any major
purchases including workstations, justification of foreign or extensive
travel, and any cost sharing applied to this project.
- A budget, using the Budget Summary Form, or one prepared according
to the guidelines of the PI or Co-I institution.
- All required government certifications; copies of which are in the
- A list of current or pending research support from sources other
than INTEGRAL for the PI and any funded Co-I.
The PI, or lead Co-I of a foreign PI proposal, should be responsible for
submitting a single package containing all budget requests for a given
Please submit 10 hard copies of your completed Stage 2 proposal to:
Dr. Chris R. Shrader
INTEGRAL Guest Observer Facility
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
c/o Sandra L. Barnes, rm T02, Rm. 1
The due date for Stage 2 proposals is February 1, 2002.
We expect to complete the Stage 2 review early spring 2002, with
notification of the funding recommendations in the May/June 02 timeframe.
Approved requests will be funded in FY03. If you have any questions
concerning your Stage 2 proposal, you contact us by e-mail:
In addition, if the PI or Co-I should change institution, please send
e-mail to this address to inform the GOF of the change.
Dr. Donald A. Kniffen
NASA INTEGRAL Program Scientist
Code SZ, NASA Headquarters