Citizen Science Seed Funding Program (ROSES 2020)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Citizen science is a form of open collaboration in which individuals or organizations participate voluntarily in the scientific process. The SMD Citizen Science Seed Funding Program (CSSFP) aims to support scientists and other experts to develop citizen science projects relevant to NASA's Astrophysics, Heliophysics and Planetary Science Research Programs. In addition, proposals relevant to Biological and Physical Sciences will also be considered on a case by case basis. See below for information on citizen science projects related to Earth Sciences. Note that the term "citizen science" does not pertain to citizenship in any particular country, and that "citizen scientists" may include "amateur" scientists.

The CSSFP aims to advance the use of citizen science by incubating citizen science projects as they are being conceived or during critical transitions, like the year when they are first launched or beta tested (i.e., when the first group of volunteers is invited to try the project) or when the project changes scientific direction. CSSFP awards require relatively short proposals to encourage new proposers to experiment with citizen science techniques; the Science/Technical/Management section has a limit of 6 pages.

CSSFP awards have a duration of up to one year only. Citizen science projects enabled by this program may be eligible to apply for longer-term support via other ROSES elements. As described in section I(i) of the ROSES Summary of Solicitation, proposers to any ROSES program element are invited to incorporate citizen science and crowdsourcing methodologies into their submissions, where such methodologies will advance the objectives of the proposed investigation. More information on proposing citizen science projects to other ROSES elements can be found at underneath the heading that says "For Researchers" on the top of the right navigation menu.

This program element solicits efforts to perform research that will be published in the scientific literature. Such publications are not required after only one year of effort, but work on them should be underway. SMD citizen science projects shall be held to the same rigorous standards as any SMD science program. Documented project goals must include advances in science, the merit of which shall be determined by peer review.

The CSSFP does not solicit efforts whose sole aim is to create tools for citizen science or efforts whose primary purpose is outreach or education. It does not support crowdsourcing efforts whose primary goal is engineering or software development. Projects that involve students are acceptable, but proposers should keep in mind that proposals will be evaluated based on their potential to produce scientific results.


  • Mandatory┬áNOI: Oct. 13, 2020
  • Proposals: Dec. 11, 2020




Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

December 11, 2020