NASA Announces ROSES 2012

The NASA ROSES 2012 has been announced. Below are the main Earth Science  Programs listed this year. Other programs are still TBD or pending.

  • (A.10) Ocean Surface Topography Team (delayed – now due March 23rd)
  • A.11 Icebridge (due May 1st)
  • A.41 Earth System data records (MEASURES) (due May 15th)
  • A.13 Modeling, Analysis and Prediction (due May 25th)
  • A.3 Ocean Biology (due May 30th)
  • A.25 Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) SD-Team (due May 30th)
  • A.12 Cryospheric Science (due June 1st)
  • A.16 Atmospheric Composition (due June 1st)
  • A.7 Physical Oceanography (due June 29th)
  • A.14 Atmospheric Composition  (July 2nd)
  • A.30 US Participating PI’s (due July 2nd)
  • A.29 CloudSat and CALIPSO S-Team (due July 25th)
  • A.32 Remote Sensing of Water Quality (due Aug 22nd)
  • A.20 Precip Measurement Mission (PMM) (due end of June)
  • A.24 Soil Moisture Mission S-Team (due Feb 1st 2013)

Early career Fellowhips (C.22) are due May 25th and Oct 26th

An explanation of ROSES from the NASA website:

“NASA’s Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) solicits basic and applied research in support of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This 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, stratospheric balloon, suborbital rocket, International Space Station, and commercial reusable rocket 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 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 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. Any changes or modifications to any of these guidelines will be specified in the descriptions of the relevant programs in the Appendices of this solicitation.”

More information on ROSES 2012 can be found here.