2017 August 17 - 2018 June 01
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 is posted
while Table 3 of the individual ROSES-2017 programs organized by subject area
is 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
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
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
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
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
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
ROSES-17 Amendment 12: D.5 Swift GI now includes NuSTAR
This amendment announces that the Swift Guest Investigator program Cycle 14
can award NuSTAR observations through a joint program with the NuSTAR mission.
The Swift Guest Investigator (GI) Program solicits proposals for basic research
relevant to the Swift gamma-ray burst mission. The primary goal of this mission
is to determine the origin of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and use these bursts to
probe the early universe. Swift is also a valuable asset for obtaining
multiwavelength images, spectra, and light curves on interesting Targets of
Opportunity (ToOs) and other nontransient sources.
Cycle 14 observations and funding will commence on or around April 1, 2018,
and last approximately 12 months. Further details on the Cycle 14 program will
be posted on the Swift web pages in
August 2017. As was the case in Swift GI Cycles 4 through 13, observing time
will be made available to scientists at U.S. and non-U.S. institutions to study
a wide variety of astrophysical sources. Consistent with Explorer Program
policy, there will be no proprietary data rights to observations conducted with
Swift. All science data will be made freely available through the Swift Quick
Look web site, as soon as they are received and processed.
Starting from Cycle 14, the Swift Guest Investigator program can award NuSTAR
observations through a joint program with the NuSTAR mission. Observing time
under this program will be awarded only to proposals that require use of both
observatories to meet the primary science goals. Proposers are strongly
encouraged to refer to the Swift/NuSTAR Memorandum of Understanding, which may
be found under other documents on the NSPIRES page for this program element.
By this agreement, NuSTAR permits the Swift GI Program to award up to 300 ks
of NuSTAR observing time. The minimum NuSTAR response time to Targets of
Opportunity is 48 hours. ToO observations with a turnaround time less than one
week must be well-justified and of high scientific value. NuSTAR data acquired
through the Swift GI Program will have a standard 12-month exclusive-use period
commencing at the time of receipt of the processed data by the observer. This
period is restricted to 6-months for peer-reviewed ToOs. The Swift Mission
Project will make funding available to successful U.S.-based investigators who
request NuSTAR observing time through the Swift GI process. No funds will be
awarded from the NuSTAR Project for such joint investigations proposed to this
Swift program element.
The NuSTAR GI Program will perform feasibility checks on the proposed
observations and reserves the right to reject any observation determined for
any reason to be technically unfeasible or to jeopardize the NuSTAR mission.
Such a rejection would likely affect the entire proposed science program and
could impact the award of Swift observing time as well. Selected proposals will
be allocated NuSTAR observing time without additional scientific review, if
judged technically feasible.
On or about June 19, 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:
Technical questions concerning this program element may be directed to
Eleonora Troja, who may be reached at email@example.com.
The NASA point of contact for programmatic information is Martin Still, who
may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 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
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
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 email@example.com.
ROSES-2017 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the High-Energy
Astronomy Community include:
Appendix Program Element NOI/Step 1 Proposal
Due Date Due Date
D.5 Swift Guest Investigator - Cycle 14 N/A 09/21/2017
D.12 Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics 12/07/2017 01/25/2018
D.3 Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program 01/18/2018 03/15/2018
D.8 Strategic Astrophysics Technology 01/18/2018 03/15/2018
D.6 Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 11 TBD TBD
D.10 NuSTAR Guest Observer Cycle 4 TBD TBD
2017 October 6:
The planned key milestones for the seventeenth XMM-Newton "Announcement
of Opportunity" have been established. Within this AO-17, 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 .............. Tuesday 22 August 2017
Due date for Proposals ................... Friday 6 October 2017 (12:00 UT)
Final OTAC approved programme ............ mid December 2017
For approved proposals only:
Start of Phase II proposal submission .... Tuesday 9 January 2018
Closure of Phase II proposal submission .. Friday 2 February 2018
Start of observations .................... May 2018
The official "Announcement of Opportunity" will be made public in the
XMM-Newton News and on the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre Home Page.