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 antara.r.basu-zych "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


2019 March 14 - 2020 March 27: Upcoming ROSES-2019 Full (Step-2 or Phase-1) Proposals Deadlines

ROSES-2019 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.12      Astrophysics Science SmallSat Studies       N/A          12/19/2019
D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA)  Not solicted this year 
D.7       Strategic Astrophysics Technology          Not solicted this year 

Appendix  Program Element                         Phase 1 Proposals via ARK/RPS

                                                      Due Date     
                                                      MM/DD/Year 

D.5       Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Guest        09/26/2019
            Investigator - Cycle 16  
D.10      TESS Guest Investigator - Cycle 3           TBD
D.9       NuSTAR Guest Observer - Cycle 6             01/24/2020
D.6       Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 12  	      02/19/2020
D.11      NICER Guest Observer - Cycle 2              11/13/2019

  * mandatory


Full Details of Deadlines


2019 March 14 - 2020 March 27: Upcoming ROSES-2019 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) 2019 at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2019 on or about March 14 2019. 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/ROSES2019table2 and http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2019table3, 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-2019 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-2019 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 2019, through January 2020. Full (Step-2) Proposals are due: March 2019 through March 2020.

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-2019 RSS feed for amendments, clarifications, and corrections to at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2019/ , and

(3) The ROSES-2019 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-2019 will be posted at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/faqs/#1. Further information about specific program elements may be obtained, after the release of ROSES-2019, from the individual Program Officers listed in the Summary of Key Information for each program element in the Appendices of ROSES-2019 and at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/program-officers-list/. Questions concerning general ROSES-2019 policies and procedures may be directed to Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate, at sara "at" nasa.gov.

ROSES-2019 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.12      Astrophysics Science SmallSat Studies       N/A          12/19/2019
D.3       Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA)  Not solicted this year 
D.7       Strategic Astrophysics Technology          Not solicted this year 

Appendix  Program Element                         Phase 1 Proposals via ARK/RPS

                                                      Due Date     
                                                      MM/DD/Year 

D.5       Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory Guest        09/26/2019
            Investigator - Cycle 16  
D.10      TESS Guest Investigator - Cycle 3           TBD
D.9       NuSTAR Guest Observer - Cycle 6             01/24/2020
D.6       Fermi Guest Investigator - Cycle 12  	      02/19/2020
D.11      NICER Guest Observer - Cycle 2              11/13/2019

  * 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.


2019 October 11, 12:00 UT: Anticipated XMM-Newton AO-19 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. Check at this link.



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