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


* 2017 December 1 NASA Astrophysics Division Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC) Self-Nominations


* 2017 December 13 - 2018 June 01: Remaining ROSES-2017 Full (Step-2) Proposals 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.14      X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM)     10/24/2017   12/13/2017
          Participating Scientists
D.12      Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics  12/07/2017   01/25/2018
          Networks
D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program  01/25/2018*  03/15/2018
          (APRA)
D.8       Strategic Astrophysics Technology 	      01/25/2018*  03/15/2018

Appendix  Program Element                           Phase 1 Proposals
                                                      Due Date     
                                                      MM/DD/Year 
  
D.10      NuSTAR Guest Observer Cycle 4               01/19/2018   
D.6       Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 11  	      02/23/2018

  * mandatory

Full Details of Deadlines


* 2017 December 1 NASA Astrophysics Division Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC) Self-Nominations


* 2017 December 13 - 2018 June 01

Remaining ROSES-2017 Full (Step-2) Proposals 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 February 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 19: D.12 TCAN Final Text

The final text has been released for the "Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks (TCAN)" ROSES program element D.12.

The "New Worlds, New Horizons" report of the Astro2010 Decadal Survey observed that key challenges in theoretical astrophysics "are of a scale and complexity that require sustained, multi-institutional collaborations," but that there was "no mechanism to support these coordinated efforts at the needed level in the US". To address these issues, the TCAN program was established with the following goals:

  • To support coordinated efforts in fundamental theory and computational techniques in order to make groundbreaking advances in astrophysics;
  • To strengthen theoretical and computational astrophysics in the US by uniting researchers in collaborative networks that cross institutional and geographical divides; and,
  • o advance the training of the future workforce of theoretical and computational scientists.

This program element of ROSES-17 solicits proposals for new TCAN networks. The period of performance for TCAN investigations will be three years. The TCAN program will support research networks with three or more nodes at distinct institutions. A network is a combination of nodes and connections. A node is a group of researchers at an existing institution, along with the local resources, e.g., computational, educational, communications, that sustain them. A connection is a significant exchange of expertise or capabilities between nodes, e.g., exchange of personnel, web-based training, sharing of access to resources. Multiple connections between nodes, that enable an integrated and focused collaborative effort, constitute a network.

This amendment presents the final text for this Program Element. Notices of Intent to propose are requested by December 7, 2017 and proposals are due January 25, 2018.

On or about August 4, 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/.

Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Keith B. MacGregor at keith.b.macgregor@nasa.gov.


ROSES-17 Amendment 27: New Opportunity in D.14 XARM Participating Scientists

A new opportunity is presented in the program element D.14, X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM) Participating Scientists. NASA and JAXA have jointly agreed to participate in the X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM). The key scientific objective of XARM is to "Pioneer a new horizon of the Universe with unprecedented high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy."

The objective of the XARM Science Team is to optimize the scientific use of XARM, particularly during the Performance Verification (PV) phase of the mission. The key tasks of the XARM Science Team are to:

  • Make recommendations regarding scientific aspects of the mission to the XARM Project Manager;
  • Communicate and coordinate with the astronomical community regarding the science capabilities of XARM;
  • Specify, oversee the development of, and beta test XARM simulation, data analysis, and user tools, including preparatory laboratory astrophysics activities;
  • Demonstrate the performance of XARM and its instruments by planning, performing, and publishing the results from the PV phase observations;
  • Ensure the scientific instruments are well calibrated and their operation is understood.

As full members of the XARM Science Team, Participating Scientists will have access to all PV phase data. Participating Scientists will be appointed to the XARM Science Team in early 2018 and will serve a five-year term. This term is based upon the anticipated start of NASA mission implementation (Phase C) and ends with the anticipated publication of the PV phase data. Proposals from individuals at all career stages, from postdoctoral researchers to senior scientists, are encouraged.

This program element uses a two-step proposal submission process in which the notice of intent is replaced by a required Step-1 proposal. Please see Sections 2.2-2.4 of the text. Mandatory Step-1 proposals are due October 24, 2017, and Step-2 proposals are due December 13, 2017.

On or about September 12, 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/. Technical questions concerning this program element may be directed to Daniel Evans at Daniel.A.Evans "at" nasa.gov.


ROSES-17 Amendment 38: Final Text for D.10 NuSTAR Guest Observer - Cycle 4

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 Phase-1 proposal due date is January 19, 2018. Phase-1 proposals may be submitted via http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/ark/nustar/ (Help Desk is available at http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/ark/rps/help/.)

On or about October 6, 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/. Technical questions concerning this program element may be directed to Craig Markwardt at Craig.Markwardt "at" nasa.gov.


ROSES-17 D.14 XARM clarification of PI role

On October 13, 2017 the D.14 X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM) Participating Scientists program element of ROSES-2007 was clarified to remind proposers that an individual (e.g., a postdoctoral researcher) who is not formally permitted to serve as a Principal Investigator by their institution may still be appointed as a XARM Participating Scientist.

Section 2.1 of the program element has been updated and additional information can be found here. Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Daniel Evans at Daniel.A.Evans "at" 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.14      X-ray Astronomy Recovery Mission (XARM)     10/24/2017   12/13/2017
          Participating Scientists
D.12      Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics  12/07/2017   01/25/2018
          Networks
D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program  01/25/2018*  03/15/2018
          (APRA)
D.8       Strategic Astrophysics Technology 	      01/25/2018*  03/15/2018


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

D.10      NuSTAR Guest Observer Cycle 4               01/19/2018   
D.6       Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 11  	      02/23/2018

  * mandatory


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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