Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (ROSES 2022)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This third Payloads and Research Investigations on the Surface of the Moon (PRISM) program element solicits proposals for an investigation that includes development and flight of science-driven suites of instruments that will be delivered to the lunar surface by the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS). This PRISM call is for science investigations that will be delivered to the lunar surface in mid-Calendar Year 2027. This delivery will go to a safe landing site (see Section 3.2) identified and justified by the proposer that resides within ±75o of the lunar equator. Both nearside and far side destinations are open to consideration. This PRISM call provides the opportunity to leverage survive-the-night services and mobility services provided by the CLPS provider. 

Proposed investigations must address science objectives identified in the most recently released decadal survey or equivalent community document, as appropriate for each science discipline. Such documents include, but are not limited to, the recently released Origins, Worlds, and Life: A Decadal Strategy for Planetary Science and Astrobiology 2023-2032, Recapturing a Future for Space Exploration: Life and Physical Sciences Research for a New Era Midterm Assessment, Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s, and A Decadal Strategy for Solar and Space Physics, as well as in the NAS Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon, the Global Exploration Roadmap, and specifically Goals 6 and 7 from the Artemis III Science Definition Report as they pertain to biological and physical sciences in non-polar lunar locations.

Although the proposed PRISM payload suite must be science-driven, some technology demonstration, development, and/or maturation within the proposed project is allowed; however, proposals must show how such technology demonstrations will enhance the overall science return. Note that one of the primary factors for selection will be the proposer’s ability to deliver on schedule, with an expected deadline to deliver the instrument suite to the vendor for integration with the lander of mid-year CY26. 

This PRISM call is issued by SMD, thus, proposed investigations shall primarily address SMD's objectives for the Moon. However, investigations that additionally address 1) objectives of the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate (ESDMD), and 2) any technology demonstration goals of the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) that advance capabilities for science, exploration, or commercial development of the Moon are also welcome. For context please, see ESDMD’s Artemis Plan or Space Technology Mission Directorate Strategic Outcomes under "other documents" on the NSPIRES page for this program element, where potential proposers may find other documents of interest including an FAQ. 


  • Required Step-1 Proposal: Oct. 24, 2022
  • Step-2 Proposal: Dec. 20, 2022




Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 24, 2022