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 fuller 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 August 17 - 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   Proposal
                                                      Due Date     Due Date
                                                      MM/DD/Year   MM/DD/Year

D.5       Swift Guest Investigator - Cycle 14         N/A          09/21/2017
D.12      Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics  12/07/2017   01/25/2018
          Networks
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: Anticipated XMM-Newton AO-17 Proposals Deadline

Full Details of Deadlines


* 2017 August 17 - 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 is posted here, 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 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 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: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2017/.

Technical questions concerning this program element may be directed to Eleonora Troja, who may be reached at eleonora.troja@nasa.gov.

The NASA point of contact for programmatic information is Martin Still, who may be reached at martin.still@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-2017 Deadlines of Particular Relevance to the High-Energy Astronomy Community include:
Appendix  Program Element                             NOI/Step 1   Proposal
                                                      Due Date     Due Date
                                                      MM/DD/Year   MM/DD/Year

D.5       Swift Guest Investigator - Cycle 14         N/A          09/21/2017
D.12      Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics  12/07/2017   01/25/2018
          Networks
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:

Anticipated XMM-Newton AO-17 Proposals Deadline

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.


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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