Astrophysics Research and Analysis (ROSES 2018)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The Astrophysics Research and Analysis Program (APRA) program 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. Awards may be for up to four years’ duration (up to five years for suborbital investigations), but shorter-term proposals are typical; four-year or five-year proposals must be well justified. Proposals for suborbital investigations are particularly encouraged. APRA investigations may advance technologies anywhere along the full line of readiness levels, from Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1 through TRL9. The emphasis of this program element is on technologies and investigations that advance NASA astrophysics missions and goals. 


  • Mandatory NoI: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Proposals: Mar. 21, 2019

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The APRA program seeks to support research that addresses the best possible (i) state-of-the-art detector technology development for instruments that may be proposed as candidate experiments for future space flight opportunities; (ii) science and/or technology investigations that can be carried out with instruments flown on suborbital sounding rockets, stratospheric balloons, or other platforms; and (iii) supporting technology, laboratory research, and/or (with restrictions) ground-based observations that are directly applicable to space astrophysics missions. To meet these goals, proposals are solicited in the following five broad categories:

• Suborbital/Suborbital-class Investigations

• Detector Development

• Supporting Technology

• Laboratory Astrophysics

• Ground-Based Observations.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

January 24, 2019