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 other missions which may be of interest to HEASARC users. Wherever possible, links are included to the appropriate web sites which have more details. Please send information concerning any dates/deadlines that are not currently included and/or corrections to stephen.a.drake "at" 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


2018 February 22 - April 26: Remaining ROSES-2017 Full (Step-2 or Phase-1) Proposal Deadlines

ROSES-2017 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the High-Energy Astronomy Community include:

Appendix  Program Element                       NOI/Step 1 Prop.   Step 2 Proposals
                                                      Due Date     Due Date
                                                      MM/DD/Year   MM/DD/Year

D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program  01/26/2018*  03/15/2018
          (APRA)
D.8       Strategic Astrophysics Technology 	      01/26/2018*  03/15/2018

Appendix  Program Element                           Phase 1 Proposals
                                                      Due Date     
                                                      MM/DD/Year 
     
D.6       Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 11  	      02/23/2018

  * mandatory

2018 March 15: Chandra Cycle 20 Call for Proposals (CfP) Deadline


2018 May - 2019 April: Upcoming ROSES-2018 Full (Step-2 or Phase-1) Proposals Deadlines

ROSES-2018 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the HEASARC and the High-Energy Astrophysics Community include:

Appendix  Program Element                       NOI/Step 1 Prop.   Step 2 Proposals
                                                      Due Date     Due Date
                                                      MM/DD/Year   MM/DD/Year

D.2       Astrophysics Data Analysis (ADAP)           03/28/2018   05/17/2008
D.13      LISA Preparatory Science                    03/15/2018*  06/14/2018
D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA)   01/24/2019*  03/21/2019
D.8       Strategic Astrophysics Technology 	      TBD          TBD

Appendix  Program Element                         Phase 1 Proposals via ARK/RPS

                                                      Due Date     
                                                      MM/DD/Year 

D.5       Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Guest        09/27/2018
            Investigator - Cycle 15  
D.11      TESS Guest Investigator - Cycle 2           10/03/2018
D.10      NuSTAR Guest Observer - Cycle 5             01/16/2019
D.6       Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 12  	      02/20/2019
D.12      NICER Guest Observer - Cycle 1              TBD

  * mandatory

2018 October 5: Anticipated XMM-Newton AO-18 Proposal Deadline


Full Details of Deadlines


2018 February 22 - April 26: Remaining ROSES-2017 Full (Step-2 or Phase-1) Proposal Deadlines

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) announced the release of its annual omnibus solicitation, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) 2017 on February 14, 2017. Notices of Intent to propose and Step-1 Proposals are due from March 2017 through March 2018, while full (Step-2) Proposals are due from May 2017 through no later than June 1, 2018.

Table 2 of the individual ROSES-2017 programs in order of due date and Table 3 of the individual ROSES-2017 programs organized by subject area are posted here.

ROSES-2017 NASA Research Announcement (NRA) (NNH17ZDA001N) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD). The 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 ROSES-2017 range from less than one to several million dollars, which allows for selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals, depending upon the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit. Awards will be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intraagency transfers, depending on the nature of the proposed work 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 ROSES-2017 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) (AOR) who will submit the electronic proposal. All Principal Investigators (PIs) and other participants e.g., Co-Investigators (Co-Is) must be registered in NSPIRES regardless of the 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 to enter the requested information.

Details of the solicited programs are in the Appendices of ROSES-2017. Names, due dates, and links for the individual calls will appear in Tables 2 and 3 of this ROSES-2017 NRA. Interested proposers should monitor http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ or subscribe to the electronic notification system there for additional new programs or amendments to ROSES-2017 through February 2018, at which time release of a subsequent ROSES NRA is planned. A web archive (and RSS feed) for amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES-2017 will be available here.

Frequently asked questions about ROSES-2017 will be posted 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 ROSES-2017 and here. Questions concerning general ROSES-2017 policies and procedures may be directed to Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, at sara@nasa.gov.


ROSES-17 Amendment 42: Final Text for D.6 Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 11

The Fermi Guest Investigator (GI) program solicits proposals for basic research relevant to the Fermi mission. The primary goal of this mission is to perform 20 MeV to >300 GeV gamma-ray measurements over the entire celestial sphere, with sensitivity a factor of 30 or more greater than that obtained by earlier space missions. A secondary goal includes the study of transient gamma-ray sources with energies extending from 8 keV up to 300 GeV.

The Fermi GI program is intended to encourage scientific participation by providing funding to carry out investigations using Fermi data, to conduct correlative observations at other wavelengths, to develop data analysis techniques applicable to the Fermi data, and to carry out theoretical investigations in support of Fermi observations.

Phase-1 proposals are due via ARK RPS by 4:30 pm Eastern Time on February 23, 2018.

On or about November 1, 2017, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2017" (NNH17ZDA001N) was posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage and appeared on the RSS feed at: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2017/.

Technical questions concerning this program element may be directed to Chris Shrader of the Fermi Science Support Center at Chris.R.Shrader "at" nasa.gov and there is a Help Desk.

Questions concerning Fermi capabilities may be directed to Julie McEnery, the Fermi Project Scientist, at Julie.E.McEnery "at" nasa.gov.


ROSES-17 Amendment 47: APRA Exclusions and Requirements Changes and Delay of Due Date for Mandatory NOIs

This amendment adds two exclusions, removes one requirement and delays the due date for mandatory NOIs for Appendix D.3 Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program (APRA).

The Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program (APRA) program solicits basic research proposals for investigations that are relevant to NASA's programs in astronomy and astrophysics and includes research over the entire range of photons, gravitational waves, and particle astrophysics. Awards may be for up to four years' duration (up to five years for suborbital investigations), but shorter-term proposals are typical; four-year or five-year proposals must be well justified. Proposals for suborbital investigations are particularly encouraged. APRA investigations may advance technologies anywhere along the full line of readiness levels, from Technology Readiness Level1 (TRL1) through TRL9. The emphasis of this program element is on technologies and investigations that advance NASA astrophysics missions and goals.

This amendment makes four changes: (1) it excludes technology development for missions with funded technology lines and/or that are in or past Phase A, see the last bullet in the list of Specific Considerations and Exclusions in Section 1.2, (2) mission concept studies are excluded from proposals in the "Supporting Technology" category, see Section 1.2.3, (3) it adds Section 2.5, noting that the MSFC X-ray test facilities are directly supported so PIs may no longer need to include this in their budget, and (4) the due date for mandatory NOIs has been changed to January 25, 2018. The due date for proposals remains March 15, 2018. New text is in bold.

On or about November 16, 2017, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2017" (NNH17ZDA001N) was posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and appeared on the RSS feed at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2017/.

The main NASA point of contact concerning this program is Michael Garcia, who may be reached via email at Michael.R.Garcia "at" nasa.gov. Questions about specific discipline areas may be directed to the program officers listed at the end of the D.3 APRA program element text.


ROSES-17 Amendment 48: D.8 SAT Text Changes and NOIs Required

ROSES-17 Amendment 48: This amendment changes the proposal submission process for D.8 the Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program to make Notices of Intent (NOI) mandatory. Proposals that are not preceded by an NOI maybe returned without review.

Over the next decade and beyond, NASA's Astrophysics Division expects to undertake space flight missions that will explore the nature of the universe at its largest scales, its earliest moments, and its most extreme conditions; missions that will study how galaxies and stars formed and evolved to shape the universe we see today; and missions that will search and characterize the planets and planetary systems orbiting other stars. To enable implementation of these missions, the NASA Science Mission Directorate's Astrophysics Division has established the Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program to support the maturation of key technologies from the point where feasibility has already been demonstrated (i.e., TRL 3), to the point at which they are feasible for implementation in space flight strategic missions (TRL 6-7).

This amendment changes the proposal submission process for this program element to make Notices of Intent (NOIs) mandatory. Proposals that are not preceded by an NOI may be returned without review. The due date for mandatory NOIs is January 25, 2018. The due date for proposals is March 15, 2018. This amendment also notes that, in order to rapidly advance key technologies for future large strategic missions ahead of the next decadal survey, NASA selected a large set of SAT-2016 proposals. This has significantly reduced the funding available for new selections in SAT-2017. Only proposed investigations critical to be started at this time are likely to be selected. In addition, a number of small changes have been made to the text. New text is in bold, deleted text is struck through.

On or about November 16, 2017, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2017" (NNH17ZDA001N) was posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and appeared on the RSS feed at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2017/.

The NASA points of contact for the three science program areas are listed at the end of the D.8 SAT text in the summary table of key information.


ROSES-2017 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the High-Energy Astronomy Community include:

Appendix  Program Element                       NOI/Step 1 Prop.   Step 2 Proposal
                                                      Due Date     Due Date
                                                      MM/DD/Year   MM/DD/Year

D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program  01/26/2018*  03/15/2018
          (APRA)
D.8       Strategic Astrophysics Technology 	      01/26/2018*  03/15/2018


Appendix  Program Element                           Phase 1 Proposals
                                                      Due Date     
                                                      MM/DD/Year   

D.6       Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 11  	      02/23/2018

  * mandatory


2018 March 15, 6:00pm EDT: Chandra Cycle 20 Call for Proposals (CfP) Deadline

The CXC is pleased to announce the release of the Cycle 20 Call for Proposals (CfP) inviting scientists to participate in the Chandra X-ray Observatory's science program. New for Cycle 20 is that the Chandra RPS software has been changed to allow a maximum of 4 required CCDs. If a 5th or 6th CCD is desired, they must be specified as optional. See Section 6.22.1 of the Chandra POG for more details.


2018 May - 2019 April: Upcoming ROSES-2018 Full (Step-2 or Phase-1) Proposal Deadlines

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) announces the release of its annual omnibus solicitation for basic and applied research, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) 2018 at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2018 on or about February 14 2018. ROSES is an omnibus solicitation, with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics. Tables 2 and 3 of this NRA, at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2018table2 and http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2018table3, respectively, provide proposal due dates and hypertext links to descriptions of the solicited program elements in the Appendices of this NRA.

Altogether these program elements cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by SMD. The topics and types of proposals solicited include flight investigations, using suborbital-class platforms (including aircraft, balloons, sounding rockets, CubeSats, commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles, and small International Space Station payloads), and all kinds of ground-based supporting research and technology investigations that seek to understand naturally occurring space and Earth phenomena, human-induced changes in the Earth system, and Earth and space science-related technologies and to support the national goals for further robotic and human exploration of space. These ground-based investigations include, but are not limited to: theory, modeling, and analysis of SMD science data, (together with data from SMD’s international and/or interagency partners) development of concepts, techniques and advanced technologies suitable for future SMD space missions; development of methods for laboratory analysis of both extraterrestrial samples returned by spacecraft and terrestrial samples that support or otherwise help verify observations from 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.

The ROSES NRA is structured to allow awards to be made as grants, cooperative agreements, contracts, and inter- or intra-agency transfers, depending on the nature of the work proposed, the proposing organization, and/or program requirements. However, most extramural awards deriving from ROSES are grants and many program elements of ROSES exclude contracts because it would not be appropriate for the nature of the work solicited. The typical period of performance for an award is three years, but some programs may allow up to five years and others specify shorter periods. Organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on teaming arrangements. Note that it is NASA policy that all research involving non-U.S. organizations will be conducted on the basis of no exchange of funds.

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 hardware for science experiments and/or flight). The funds available for awards in each program element offered in ROSES-2018 range from less than one to several million dollars, which allows for selection from a few to as many as several dozen proposals, depending upon the program objectives and the submission of proposals of merit.

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 ROSES-2018 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) (AOR) who will submit the electronic proposal. All Principal Investigators (PIs) and other participants e.g., Co-Investigators (Co-Is) must be registered in NSPIRES regardless of the 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 to enter the requested information.

Notices of intent to propose and Step-1 Proposals are due mid-March 2018, through January 2019. Full (Step-2) Proposals are due: May 2018 through April 2019.

To learn of the addition of new program elements and all amendments to this NRA, proposers may subscribe to:

(1) The SMD mailing lists (by logging in at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and checking the appropriate boxes under "Account Management" and "Email Subscriptions"),

(2) The ROSES-2018 RSS feed for amendments, clarifications, and corrections to at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/ROSES-2018/ , and

(3) The ROSES-2018 due date Google calendar. Instructions are at https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/library-and-useful-links (link from the words due date calendar).

Frequently asked questions about ROSES-2018 will be posted at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/faqs/. Further information about specific program elements may be obtained, after the release of ROSES-2018, from the individual Program Officers listed in the Summary of Key Information for each program element in the Appendices of ROSES-2018 and at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/program-officers-list/. Questions concerning general ROSES-2018 policies and procedures may be directed to Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, at sara "at" nasa.gov.

ROSES-2018 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the HEASARC and the High-Energy Astrophysics Community include:

Appendix  Program Element                       NOI/Step 1 Prop.   Step 2 Proposals
                                                      Due Date     Due Date
                                                      MM/DD/Year   MM/DD/Year

D.2       Astrophysics Data Analysis (ADAP)           03/28/2018   05/17/2008
D.13      LISA Preparatory Science                    03/15/2018*  06/14/2018
D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA)   01/24/2019*  03/21/2019
D.8       Strategic Astrophysics Technology 	      TBD          TBD

Appendix  Program Element                         Phase 1 Proposals via ARK/RPS

                                                      Due Date     
                                                      MM/DD/Year 

D.5       Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Guest        09/27/2018
            Investigator - Cycle 15  
D.11      TESS Guest Investigator - Cycle 2           10/03/2018
D.10      NuSTAR Guest Observer - Cycle 5             01/16/2019
D.6       Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 12  	      02/20/2019
D.12      NICER Guest Observer - Cycle 1              TBD

  * mandatory

2018 October 5, 12:00 UT: Anticipated XMM-Newton AO-18 Call for Proposals (CfP) Deadline

The planned key milestones for the eighteenth XMM-Newton "Announcement of Opportunity" have been established. Within this AO-18, 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 ..............  21 August   2018
Due date for Proposals ...................   5 October  2018 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme ............ mid December 2018

For approved proposals only:

Start of Phase II proposal submission .... 8 January  2019
Closure of Phase II proposal submission .. 1 February 2019
Start of observations .................... May 2019

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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