NASA has now completed the scientific and technical evaluation (Stage 1) of proposals received in response to the NASA Research Announcement NNH05ZDA001N, "Research Opportunities in Space Science - 2005", entitled "Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer Guest Observer Program - Cycle 11.".
A list of accepted targets is now available on the Web.
US-based investigators are now invited to submit Stage 2 (budget) proposals for support of selected Cycle 11 proposals. The budget process is open to Guest Observers associated with US institutions (and who expect to remain so during the grant period), and may include (a) US PIs, and (b) US Co-Is on foreign-PI proposals, where the involvement of the US Co-I is significant, and critical to the success of that investigation.
Note that only one budget per accepted observing proposal will be allowed, i.e. US PIs must submit a budget including the required support for all of the eligible co-Is, and the US Co-Is on a foreign-PI proposal must designate a Lead Co-I and submit a budget as a group. It is permitted and encouraged that subgrants be utilized to fund Co-Is at separate institutions to avoid double overheads, thereby increasing the cost effectiveness of these grants.
To guide the proposer in formulating a realistic funding request, factors such as the scope, complexity, and relative ranking of the investigation should be taken into account, including any modifications (e.g. deletion of targets, reduction in observing time) to the original proposals recommended by the Stage 1 review panel. Additional factors that will be considered include the possible presence of other proposals for which a given PI or Co-I is requesting funding under this solicitation, and other sources of support relevant to this request.
A total of approximately up to $800K will be available for the Cycle 11 support of approximately 40 Cycle 11 Guest Investigations of 1 year duration each. For Stage 2, a review team comprised of a subset of the Stage 1 Panel will be convened by NASA to review the cost proposals against factor (4) of the evaluation criteria as specified in Section C.2 of the 2004 NASA NRA "Proposers Guidebook". Based upon the results of the above reviews, the RXTE Program Scientist will recommend a set of proposals to the Director, Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, for final selection.
In preparing a Stage 2 submission, the proposer must follow the detailed guidelines provided.
The PI (or the lead Co-I of a foreign-PI proposal) is responsible for submitting a single package containing the budget request for a given proposal. Please submit the signed original and ten (10) hardcopies of the completed proposal package not later than 4:30pm EST on Tuesday 14 March 2006 to:
RXTE Cycle 11 Stage 2 NASA Research and Education Support Services 500 E. Street, SW, Suite 200 Washington D. C. 20024 Tel:202-479-9030 x 230 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We expect to complete the Stage 2 Review by 2006 early April, at which time you will be informed of the final recommended funding level for your proposal(s). As always, any questions about this process should be directed to the the RXTE Guest Observer Facility.
If you have a question about RXTE, please send email to one of our help desks.