Heliophysics DRIVE Science Centers (ROSES 2018)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

DRIVE Science Centers (DSCs) are part of an integrated multi-agency initiative, DRIVE (Diversify, Realize, Integrate, Venture, Educate), put forward as a high priority recommendation of the 2013 Solar and Space Physics Decadal Survey. DSCs, which fall under the "Venture" aspect of the DRIVE initiative, address grand challenge goals that are both ambitious and focused enough to be achievable within the lifetime of the center - in other words, problems poised and ready for major advances. This program is intended to support science that cannot be effectively done by individual investigators or small teams, but requires the synergistic, coordinated efforts of a research center. In order to maximize the potential for these science centers to deliver on innovative and breakthrough science, they are expected to include aspects in their design that support collaboration and deep knowledge integration across the full range of expertise (scientific, computational, educational) within them, as recommended in a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science. With this motivation, NASA and NSF joined forces to design a DSC program implemented in this ROSES-18 program element by NASA, that takes advantage of lessons learned from ongoing and past science centers and the growing body of information on team science.

The DSC Program is two-phase. This program element solicits only Phase I DSCs proposals. Solicitation for Phase II DSCs proposals will be seperate. 2-year grants that result from Phase I proposals funded in FY 2019 may seek funding in FY 2021 by the submission of a proposal to the anticipated follow-on Phase II DSC solicitation. Some examples of appropriate Phase I DSC activities are given in Section 4. 


  • REQUIRED Step-1 Proposal: Feb. 1, 2019 (was Jan. 15, 2019)
  • Step-2 Proposal: Apr. 5, 2019 (was Mar. 5, 2019)




Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

February 1, 2019