Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (ROSES 2020)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Program supports the advanced development of spacecraft-based instruments that show promise for use in future planetary missions. The goal of the program is to develop and demonstrate planetary science instruments to the point where they may be proposed in response to future announcements of flight opportunity without additional extensive technology development (approximately technology readiness level [TRL] 6). The proposed instrument must address specific scientific objectives of likely future planetary science missions. 

The MatISSE Program seeks proposals for development activities leading to instrument systems in support of the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) Planetary Science Division. The objectives of the program are to develop new technologies that significantly improve instrument measurement capabilities for planetary science missions (such as SIMPLEx, Discovery, New Frontiers, Mars Exploration, and other planetary programs, including those flown on commercial spacecraft). It is the responsibility of the proposer to demonstrate how their proposed technology addresses significant scientific questions relevant to stated NASA goals and not for NASA to attempt to infer this. 

Only proposals relevant to Planetary Science Division’s strategic goals and objectives will be considered for this program element. The MatISSE Program is intended to enable technology infusion into NASA planetary science missions to take place in a timely and efficient manner. As such, the technology readiness level (TRL) that MatISSE supports is TRL 4-6. 


  • REQUIRED Step-1 Proposals: Apr. 17, 2020
  • Step-2 Proposals: Jun. 19, 2020

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Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

April 17, 2020