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Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) - Sea Level Change Science Team (N-SLCT)

Grants to USA Nonprofit Institutions and Small Businesses
for Scientific Research Related to Earth and Space Exploration

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Grants to USA educational, industrial, and nonprofit institutions, and small businesses for scientific research that will advance knowledge of the Earth, the solar system, and the universe. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended for flight investigations and a variety 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.

In order to pursue NASA’s strategic objectives, SMD research and technology development activities are organized into four Programs:

  • The Earth Science Research and Applied Sciences Program sponsors integrative research to advance knowledge of and to explore interactions among the major components of the Earth system — continents, oceans, atmosphere, ice, and life — to distinguish natural from human-induced causes of change and to understand and predict the consequences of change.
  • The Heliophysics Research Program sponsors research to understand the Sun as a magnetic variable star and its effects on the Earth and other planets and the dynamics of structures in the Solar System.
  • The Planetary Science Research Program sponsors research to explore the Solar System to study its origins and evolution, including the origins of life within it.
  • The Astrophysics Research Program sponsors research to explore the Universe beyond, from the search for planets and life in other planetary systems to the origin, evolution, structure, and destiny of the Universe itself.

Flight investigations may use suborbital-class platforms (including aircraft, balloons, sounding rockets, CubeSats, commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicles, and small International Space Station payloads).  For additional information about suborbital class flight investigations, see:

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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186858

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The maximum period of performance ranges from one year for activities of limited scope to five years for extensive, comprehensive studies. Award durations may be longer in special cases, such as teams of long duration space missions.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations of every type, domestic and foreign, Government and private, for profit and not-for-profit, may submit proposals without restriction on teaming arrangements.

Prospective investigators from any category of organizations or institutions, U.S or non-U.S., are welcome to respond to this solicitation. Specific categories of organizations and institutions that are welcome to respond include, but are not limited to, educational, industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and other Government agencies.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges, and Other Minority Universities (OMUs), small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs), veteran-owned small businesses, service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, HUBZone small businesses, and women-owned small businesses (WOSBs) are encouraged to apply.

Moreover, NASA recognizes and supports the benefits of having diverse and inclusive scientific, engineering, and technology communities and fully expects that such values will be reflected in the composition of all panels and teams including peer review panels (science, engineering, and technology), proposal teams, science definition teams, and mission and instrument teams.

Participation in ROSES-funded research by non-U.S. organizations in this program is welcome, but on a "no exchange of funds" basis. It is NASA policy that each international partner, its sponsoring agency, or its funding/sponsoring institution, covers its own research contributions.

NASA funding may not be used for subcontracted foreign research efforts, including travel. The direct purchase of supplies and/or services, which do not constitute research, from non-U.S. sources by U.S. award recipients is permitted.

Pre-Application Information:

Notices of intent to propose are requested by September 26, 2019, and are due via NSPIRES.

The due date for proposals is October 31, 2019. Proposers may opt to submit proposals via the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) or at

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Unless otherwise specified, cost sharing is not required for an institution of higher education or other not-for-profit organization to receive a grant or cooperative agreement, although NASA may accept cost sharing if it is voluntarily offered.


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Questions concerning general policies and procedures may be directed to:
Max Bernstein, Lead for Research, Science Mission Directorate
Telephone: (202) 358-0879

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Nadya Vinogradova Shiffer
Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Phone: (202) 358-0976

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43.001 - Science

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Solicitation: NNH19ZDA001N-SLCST

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