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Physics of the Cosmos (PCOS)

LISA Preparatory Science (LPS) Selection
(Solicitation NNH18ZDA001N-LPS, ROSES2018)

The ESA-led Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) mission will detect gravitational waves from a variety of astrophysical sources in a new observational window at milli-Hz frequencies. As an ESA partner, NASA expects to make both hardware and science analysis and interpretation contributions to the mission. The NASA LISA Preparatory Science (LPS) grants provide support for US-based investigators to analyze and interpret simulated LISA data over a period up to three years. Hardware and mission concepts are funded separately.

Following the LPS Solicitation in ROSES 2018, investigators from a broad range of institutions and career stages submitted a total of 30 compliant proposals by June 14, 2018. Non-conflicted peers reviewed and ranked the proposals by scientific merit and other criteria described in the solicitation. Based on these results and programmatic considerations, the following LPS proposals are selected for fiscal year 2019 funding:

Proposal NumberPrincipal InvestigatorAffiliationTitle
18-LPS18-0002Mandic, VukUniv. of MinnesotaSearching for the Stochastic Gravitational-Wave Background with LISA
18-LPS18-0004Bogdanovic, TamaraGeorgia Tech Research CenterElectromagnetic and Gravitational Wave Signatures of LISA Massive Black Hole Binaries
18-LPS18-0005Cornish, NeilMontana State UniversityDeveloping global analysis strategies for the LISA gravitational wave observatory
18-LPS18-0009Naoz, SmadarUniv. of California, Los AngelesMulti-messenger Astronomy: Forecasting LISA Events with LIGO Detections and Electromagnetic Counterparts
18-LPS18-0015Shoemaker, DeirdreGeorgia Tech Research CenterBlack Hole Mergers and Gravitational Radiation in the LISA Era
18-LPS18-0021Larson, ShaneNorthwestern Univ.Tools for Modeling Selection Biases and for Advanced Astrophysical Interpretation of LISA Observations
18-LPS18-0022Wass, PeterUniv. of FloridaSimulating the LISA instrument for maximum science return: high fidelity modeling of precision freefall and optical metrology
18-LPS18-0027Cutler, CurtJet Propulsion LaboratoryNext generation analysis for LISA data analysis
18-LPS18-0030Prince, ThomasCaltechDetection of LISA Verification Binaries and Galactic Ultra-Compact Binaries using the Zwicky Transient Facility

Please see the selection document for further details.


Program News and Announcements

31 May 2019
Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA SMD Associate Administrator, invites the science community to a live-streamed national colloquium on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (4:00–6:00 pm EDT) on "Writing Successful Mission Proposals: Observations from NASA." To attend in person at the University of Colorado campus, please RSVP here. The live stream will be available here. For further details, please see the colloquium invitation. »  Details
17 May 2019
Following up on a Nov 2018 mission PI diversity workshop, the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is planning a number of exciting opportunities open to community participation, including a new website for potential PIs, pre-review mission panels to ensure diversity and reduce conflicts of interest, research proposal writing workshops at conferences and for PIs developing their first proposal, career development positions, and a presentation by SMD Associate Administrator Thomas H. Zurbuchen on proposal statistical analysis. Please see the Associate Administrator's full update here.
16 May 2019
June 1 2019 is the deadline for filling and submitting the technology gap submission form. We encourage members of the community to identify such gaps between today's state-of-the-art and what will be needed for missions identified by the 2010 Decadal Survey, the 2018 Astrophysics Implementation Plan, and/or the 30-year Astrophysics Road Map. Please see the Astrophysics Division Technologists letter for more details, including how to submit a gap.
25 March 2019
NASA HQ Astrophysics Division has created a task force to assess NASA's role in strategic optimization of Gravitational Wave Electromagnetic Counterpart (GW-EM) astrophysics. See the Terms of Reference for more details.
1 February 2019
Dr Terri Brandt confirmed as PCOS Chief Scientist.

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