2016 February 25 - June 01
Range of remaining deadlines for
NASA's Science Mission Directorate announced the release of its annual omnibus
solicitation, Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) for
2015 on February 13, 2015.
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 (NNH15ZDA001N) 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 p
roposal 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. Interested proposers should monitor http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ or subscribe
to the electronic notification system there for additional new programs or
amendments to this ROSES NRA through February 2016, 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 at:
Frequently asked questions about ROSES-2015 will be on the web at
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 at
Questions concerning general ROSES NRA policies and procedures may be directed to
Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, at email@example.com.
2015 May 12: A number of corrections and clarifications have been made to
the ROSES-15 Summary of Solicitation.
In response to comments from proposing organizations, the ROSES-2015 Summary
of Solicitation has been modified in a few ways. First, award dollar values
are no longer required for the current and pending support section. Second, we
have clarified the rules about the order of components of the
Scientific/Technical section of the proposal, as well as the location of
the Table of Personnel and Work Effort. Finally, new program elements
previously added to ROSES via amendments now appear in the list of appendices.
A more detailed description of these changes and comparisons to what appears
in the guidebook for proposers appears at http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2015. Proposers should also read
the ROSES-2015 Summary of Solicitation.
Questions concerning these changes may be directed to: Max Bernstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROSES-15 Amendment 6: Change in due date for D.3 Astrophysics Research and
Analysis, D.8 Strategic Astrophysics Technology, and A.33 the CloudSat and
CALIPSO Science Team Recompete.
When setting the schedule for ROSES-2015, the proposal due dates for three
program elements were inadvertently placed on Saturday. This amendment
corrects that error, shifting the due dates to weekdays.
For both program elements D.3, Astrophysics Research and Analysis, and D.8,
Strategic Astrophysics Technology, proposals are now due by March 18, 2016.
Notices of Intent to propose remain unchanged; they are requested by
January 22, 2016.
For program element A.33, The CloudSat and CALIPSO Science Team Recompete,
the proposal due date is now July 31, 2015. Notices of Intent to propose
remain unchanged; they are requested by May 26th, 2015.
On or about March 24, 2015, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement
"Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2015"
(NNH15ZDA001N) was posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ and will
appear on the RSS feed at
Questions concerning D.3, Astrophysics Research and Analysis may be directed
to: Michael Garcia at Michael.R.Garcia@nasa.gov.
Questions concerning D.8, Strategic Astrophysics Technology may be directed
to: Rita Sambruna at Rita.M.Sambruna@nasa.gov.
Questions concerning A.33, The CloudSat and CALIPSO Science Team may be
directed to: David Considine at email@example.com.
ROSES-15 Clarification to D.3 APRA
Potential proposers to program element
D.3 Astrophysics Research and AnalysisProgram (APRA) should note
that several changes have been made to the solicitation. The program element
has been clarified to confirm explicitly that it does not solicit for
'astro-combs' under supporting technology, it highlights the timeliness of
Laboratory Astrophysics proposals pertaining to JWST and ASTRO-H, and updates
the point of contact for Laboratory Astrophysics to
No changes in the due dates have been made: NOIs are due 1/22/16 and proposals
are due 3/18/16.
Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Michael Garcia at
ROSES-2015 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the High-Energy
Astronomy Community include:
Appendix Program Element NOI/Step 1 Proposal
Due Date Due Date
D.8 Strategic Astrophysics Technology 01/22/2016 03/18/2016*
D.3 Astrophysics Research and Analysis 01/22/2016 03/18/2016*
D.4 Astrophysics Theory Not solicited this year
* means that the date has been modified in an amendment to the original
2016 March 15 at 6:00pm EDT:
Chandra X-Ray Observatory
Cycle 18 Call for Proposals Deadline
The Chandra X-ray Center is pleased to announce the release of the Cycle 18
Call for Proposals (CfP) inviting scientists to participate in the Chandra
X-ray Observatory's science program.
What's New in Cycle 18
The default boundary between General Observer (GO) and Large Projects (LP) is
set at 400 ksec for Cycle 18 and future cycles. In recent cycles, the large
number of LPs has resulted in an undue burden on the Big Project Panel (which
makes the final recommendation on LPs) and also the Topical Panels (LPs are
reviewed in two panels). As in previous cycles, an LP must be designated as
such by the PI.
Joint Contingent Large Projects (JCLPs):
Programs that require substantial investments of observing time from Chandra
and one or more other facilities (the Contingent Observatories or COs), where
the observing requests are too large to be considered as a normal Joint
proposal. Currently, COs are limited to NASA/ESA space facilities. The Chandra
time is approved but not scheduled until time on the partner facilities is
approved. If the relevant proposal is not awarded its full request by the CO
Time Allocation Committee(s), the Chandra program is withdrawn. JCLPs must
request >= 400 ksec of Chandra time. The minimum CO requests are: 35 orbits for
HST, 20 hours for Spitzer, and 300 ksec for XMM, Swift and NuStar. The total
time allocated to JCLPs <= 500 ksec in Cycle 18. JCLPs are reviewed via the
same process as LPs. They can be multi-cycle, and/or contain time-constrained
targets, but observations cannot be constrained to occur before October 2016.
Full details are given in Section 5.1.
FAQ: Is only one JCLP going to be approved in this cycle?
Answer: The number of JCLP proposals to be approved is not pre-determined. The
peer review will make recommendations via the usual process and may, for
example, recommend more than one by including only part of the proposed time
Default Target Offsets:
The Chandra aimpoint has changed throughout the mission primarily due to
thermal changes in the Aspect Camera Assembly. To compensate for these changes,
default offsets were introduced to place the target away from chip edges or
node boundaries and closer to the optical axis. In the past year, ACA
temperatures have fluctuated more rapidly. To compensate for these changes,
target offsets will be calculated and applied at the time a target is scheduled
to be observed. Full details are given in the POG, Chapters 4 and 5.
Initial Proposal Parameter Sign-Off (IPPS):
In previous Cycles, there was a two-step checkoff process for approved targets.
In the first step, observers were contacted and asked to confirm that basic
target information was correct (the Initial Proposal Parameter Sign-off (IPPS))
so that the target could be inserted into the Long Term Schedule. The second
step involved a detailed discussion of the observing set-up. In Cycle 18,
observers will have the opportunity to sign off on targets as "flight ready" at
the IPPS stage. Observers may request help from an instrument scientist at any
time. All targets declared "flight ready" via IPPS will be reviewed by an
instrument scientist before being scheduled.
Cycle 18 Scheduling:
The nominal start time for Cycle 18 is January 2017. To facilitate planning, a
mix of Cycle 17 and Cycle 18 targets will be scheduled for some time before and
after the nominal change-over month. We expect that Cycle 18 observations will
take up greater than 50% of the available time from sometime in February 2017.
2016 October 7 at 12:00UT:
Sixteenth Announcement of Opportunity Anticipated Proposal Deadline
The Sixteenth Announcement of Opportunity (AO-16) is not yet open.
The planned key milestones for the sixteenth XMM-Newton "Announcement of
Opportunity" have been established. Within this AO-16 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:
The planned key milestones for AO-16 are:
Announcement of Opportunity 23 August 2016
Due date for Proposals 7 October 2016 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme late December 2016
For approved proposals only:
Start of phase II proposal submission 10 January 2017
Closure of phase II proposal submission 3 February 2017
Start of AO-16 observations May 2017
The official "Announcement of Opportunity" will be made public in the
XMM-Newton News and on the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre Home Page.