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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

1 February 2019
Dr Terri Brandt confirmed as PCOS Chief Scientist.
20 December 2018
LISA Preparatory Science 2018 (LPS) proposals have been selected! »  Full details
17 December 2018
NASA HQ has publicly posted an updated Astrophysics Implementation Plan (AIP), detailing progress made by NASA's Astrophysics Division in implementing the 2010 Decadal recommendations since the previous update in 2016. Please see »  full details
29 November 2018
The National Academies has released updated information about the 2020 Decadal Survey call for Community Science White Papers. They are now due 7 January–19 February 2019. See here for further instructions. Further, it is our pleasure to announce that the President of the National Academy of Sciences Marcia McNutt has appointed Dr. Fiona Harrison and Dr. Robert Kennicutt, Jr. to serve as co-chairs of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey committee.

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