30 September 2021
ROSES-2021 Amendment 37 releases revised text and Notice of Intent (NOI) due date for the D.3 Astrophysics Research and Analysis (APRA) opportunity and final text and due dates for the D.7 Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) opportunity.
D.3 APRA solicits basic research proposals for investigations that are relevant to NASA's programs in astronomy and astrophysics and includes research over the entire range of photons, gravitational waves, and particle astrophysics. Proposals relevant to the APRA program are those that address the best possible (i) state-of-the-art detector technology development that is directly applicable to incorporation in future space astrophysics missions; (ii) science and/or technology investigations that can be carried out with instruments flown as suborbital-class payloads on balloon-borne, sounding rocket, CubeSat, or other platforms; or (iii) supporting technology or laboratory research that are directly applicable to space astrophysics missions.
D.7 SAT supports the maturation of key technologies for potential infusion in spaceflight missions to enable implementation of Astrophysics strategic missions. Strongly endorsed by the 2010 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the SAT program is a key element of the strategy adopted by APD in implementing these recommendations (see the Astrophysics Implementation Plan on the NASA Astrophysics Division documents page).
This year, proposals to D.7 SAT must be focused exclusively on the highest-priority recommendations of the 2020 Decadal Survey of Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) report, which will be issued shortly. Topics focused on technology development relevant to NASA Astrophysics but not pertaining to the missions recommended by the 2020 Decadal Survey may be submitted to D.3 APRA.
NOIs are strongly encouraged but not mandatory, and are requested by 19 November 2021 for both programs. Proposals are due 16 December 2021 for both programs, predicated on the release of the Astro2020 recommendations at least 30 days prior to this.
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