Citizen Science Seed Funding Program (ROSES 2022)

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  Citizen Science  Seed  Funding Program  (CSSFP)  of  NASA’s  Science  Mission  Directorate  (SMD)  aims  to  support scientists  and  other  experts  to  develop  citizen science  projects  and to expand  the pool of  scientists  who use citizen science techniques  in their  science investigations.

Four  Divisions  of  the  SMD  are participating  in the CSSFP:  the  Astrophysics Division,  the Biological  and  Physical  Sciences  Division,  the  Heliophysics  Division and  the  Planetary Science  Division.  All  proposals  must  address  one  or  more goal(s)  or  objective(s) relevant  to  at  least  one  of  these  participating  SMD divisions.  The  Earth  Science  Division is  not  participating;  see  below  for  information  on citizen science projects  related to Earth Sciences.  CSSFP proposals  relevant  to Biological  and Physical  Science Research Programs  must  be  focused on using  the 29TU Informatics 29T GeneLab 29T U29T and/or Physical  Sciences databases.   

In  SMD,  "Citizen Science Projects"  are defined as  science  projects  that  rely  on volunteers.  In effective citizen science projects,  scientists  (subject  matter  experts)  give feedback  to and  receive feedback  from  these  volunteers.  Volunteer  participation  is required  for  CSSFP  funding,  as  is  a strong  science  motivation  of  the  proposed investigation.  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  incubate  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


  • NOI: Nov. 22, 2022
  • Proposals: Jan. 24, 2023




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

External Deadline

January 24, 2023