LISA Preparatory Science (ROSES 2018)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA is partnering with ESA on the ESA-led Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) gravitational wave observatory. LISA will detect gravitational waves in the milliHz band, opening a new window to study the Universe. LISA will measure gravitational radiation from a variety of astrophysical sources including the mergers of massive black holes, the capture of stellar-remnant black holes by galactic center black holes, close compact binaries in our own galaxy, and other potential sources. More information about the LISA mission can be found at

NASA’s contributions to LISA are still being discussed with ESA, but they are expected to include elements of the instrument payload, elements of the observatory and spacecraft, and aspects of operations, science data analysis, and interpretation The LISA Consortium has developed an initial set of Work Packages (WPs) detailing specific areas of work, and related tasks, to identify work required to build necessary data processing infrastructure to deliver core LISA science. The WPs can be accessed via and related links. While the development of hardware and ground-segment infrastructure is supported by NASA through NASA’s LISA Study Office at Goddard Space Flight Center, this ROSES element concerns the support of U.S.-based investigators for developing data analysis tools and modeling to prepare for the analysis and interpretation of the LISA data within the framework of the WPs, or in augmentation of them.


  • Mandatory NOI: Mar. 15, 2018
  • Proposals: Jun. 14, 2018

Agency Website

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
International Opportunities

External Deadline

March 15, 2018