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Investigations to take Place on Space Missions

Earth Science U.S. Participating Investigator

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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07/19/22 11:59 PM


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Grants to USA institutions for a range of investigations to take place on space missions. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for an instrument, experiment, or technology demonstration that is being built and flown by a sponsor agency other than NASA.

The Co-I role can include, but is not limited to, instrument design, modeling, and simulation of the instrument’s operation and measurement performance; calibration of the instrument; and/or development of innovative data analysis techniques. A USPI may also serve as a member of a foreign space mission science or engineering team and participate in science team activities such as mission planning, mission operations, data processing, data analysis, and data archiving.

No matter what the nature of the USPI role, an investigation proposed under this category must be for a science or technology investigation that clearly and demonstrably enhances the scientific output of the mission and benefits the U.S. scientific community. The investigation must include a meaningful contribution to the development of products, including, but not limited to, algorithm development and/or testing, calibration/validation, and/or requirements definition (especially as may be carried out in Observing System Simulation Experiments). If the performance period of the task would include the launch of the mission, then the task should demonstrate a contribution to the production of data products from the mission that will be made widely available to the U.S. Earth Science research community. All aspects of the investigation must be within the proposed cost.

Investigations requiring the provision of flight hardware are not solicited through this USPI solicitation. Investigations requiring in-field calibration/validation resources are not solicited through this solicitation. However, the utilization of existing networks to support calibration/validation activities for temporary deployment is acceptable, as long as their cost is not a major component of the overall proposal.

Involvement in the mission during its development phase is preferred. Missions to launch during or after 2024 are encouraged, in order to maximize work done during a mission’s development phase.

This program element solicits new individual investigations only (potentially with some Co-Investigator or Collaborator support). Large team investigations would be considered nonresponsive to this call. Proposals to extend or directly supplement existing investigations already funded for approved space flight missions or other Earth Science Division research programs are not appropriate for this program element. Investigators who are members of the science teams of ongoing missions and who propose to use data from those missions must clearly demonstrate that the proposed research is distinct from their existing efforts. This discussion should be included in the separately uploaded "Expertise and Resources - Not Anonymized” document (see Section 2.4). 

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GrantWatch ID#: 202374

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Number of Grants:

Number of new awards pending adequate proposals of merit ~5-6

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Awards will be for a maximum of five years. Following the successful completion of a USPI investigation, PIs wishing to continue the production of data products and associated calibration/validation activities of an on-orbit foreign mission that benefit the U.S. Earth science community are encouraged to discuss their plans and needs with the appropriate Earth science Program Manager.

Planning date for start of investigation 6 months after proposal due date

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposers must be affiliated with an institution at and, in general, NASA provides funding only to US institutions. Organizations outside the U.S. that propose on the basis of a policy of no-exchange-of-funds; consult the Guidebook for Proposers ( for specific details. Some NRAs may be issued jointly with a non-U.S. organization, e.g., those concerning guest observing programs for jointly sponsored space science programs, that will contain additional special guidelines for non-U.S. participants. Also reference the Guidebook for Proposers for special instructions for proposals from non-U.S. organizations that involve U.S. personnel for whom NASA support is requested.

In addition to the requirements given in ROSES, all proposed investigations must also demonstrate:
- Their formal relationship with the sponsoring agency’s mission (e.g., selected participant, invited participant, or proposed participant). This information can be included in the Scientific/Technical/Management section of the proposal; however, this information must be written in a way that does not identify the team members. Also provide detailed information to validate the relationship(s) in the separately uploaded "Expertise and Resources - Not Anonymized" document (see Section 2.4);
- The status of the mission within the sponsoring agency (i.e., Pre-Phase A, Phase A, Phase B, etc.), including the level of commitment that the sponsoring agency has made to complete development;
- A description of the type and the characteristics of the data from this investigation, as well as any ancillary science data that will be archived as part of this investigation and a clear statement of the data policy for the mission that documents the process and schedule by which the data will be made available to the U.S. Earth science community; and
- A detailed explanation of how the U.S. Earth science community benefits from this participation.

Pre-Application Information:

- NOI or Step-1 Due Date: May 20, 2022
- Step-2 - Proposal Due Date: Jul 19, 2022

NOIs may be submitted via NSPIRES directly by the PI by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date; no action by an organization’s AOR is required to submit an NOI.

Electronic proposal submission is required; no hard copy is required or permitted.

Organizations that would like to register with NSPIRES are required to have a valid registration with the System for Award Management (SAM). Once the organization has a SAM record, the listed Organization Point of Contact must register as a user with NSPIRES, log on, then begin the organization registration process.

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Web site for submission of proposal via NSPIRES

Point of contact concerning this program
Richard S. Eckman
Earth Science Division
Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Telephone: 202-358-2567

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