Instrument Incubator Program (ROSES 2023)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The Instrument Incubator Program (IIP) supports the development of innovative remote sensing technologies for Earth observing instruments, sensors, and systems in support of Earth science. The technologies and measurement concepts developed under the IIP may extend through field demonstrations, with a longer-term aim for infusion into future Earth Science Division research, applications, and flight programs. 

Emerging technologies and new instrument architectures and platforms show great promise for measuring Earth phenomena and physical processes that have not been well characterized by conventional satellite instruments alone. In particular, transient and dynamical phenomena have been difficult to study using traditional low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite instruments due to insufficient temporal sampling of such phenomena. Inexpensive, high-quality intelligent sensors and platforms operated in higher orbits (MEO, GEO, etc.), or in a LEO constellation and/or in a coordinated fashion, coupled with new pointing, real-time data processing, and commanding capabilities, could now give scientists the improved ability to conduct observations focused on dynamic processes and/or events of interest. These targeted events often require interconnectivity, intelligence, and the on-platform computational capacity to coordinate among platforms, instruments, and models of the phenomenon or process. Emerging new instrument technologies potentially coupled with new platform capabilities and rapidly evolving information technologies could become the early backbone of new observing systems that can react to changing Earth’s environmental conditions. 

The goal of the IIP is to promote innovation in the research, development, and demonstration of new measurement technologies that:

• Enable new or greatly enhanced remote sensing technologies for Earth observation measurements, and/or  

• Reduce the size, weight, power, and development time of Earth observing instruments. 


  • Notice of Intent: Feb. 16, 2024
  • Proposals: April 2, 2024




Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

April 2, 2024