Planetary Science Early Career Award Program (ROSES 2019)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The Planetary Science Early Career Award (ECA) program supports the research and professional development of outstanding early-career scientists, and serves to stimulate research careers in areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division (PSD). The support of this program will allow promising individuals to play an increasing and meaningful role in the planetary science community. PSD intends to fund approximately five (5) Early Career Awards per year (one-time award of up to $200K).

Deadline: December 2, 2019

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Areas of Interest

ROSES-2019 ECA proposals can be made on the basis of parent awards from participating ROSES-2017 and ROSES-2018 programs, as listed in Table 1 of this program element, below. Proposals selected through participating ROSES-2017, ROSES-2018, and ROSES-2019 programs will be suitable as parent awards for ECA proposals starting in ROSES-2020, i.e., thereafter there will be a rolling three-year window of eligibility (subject to programmatic factors).

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to propose to the ECA program in ROSES-2019, all of the following criteria must be met: a. The applicant must be the Principal Investigator (PI), or a co-investigator designated as the Science-PI, on an award (referred to below as the "parent award") from a participating program element solicited in ROSES-2017 or ROSES-2018 (see Table 1 of this program element, below). See Section 5.1 (role of PIs and Science-PIs) and Section 2.1 (ECA-participating programs) for more information. b. The applicant must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) no earlier than January 1, 2009. See Section 5.2 for more information on this time criterion. c. The applicant must be affiliated with a U.S. institution. d. The parent award cannot previously have been used as the basis for a proposal to the ECA program. e. The applicant may only submit one proposal to the ECA program per ROSES year. f. The applicant cannot be the recipient of a previous ECA or of NASA Early Career Fellowship funds (see Section 5.5 for more details)

To be eligible for the ECA program, applicants must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) no earlier than January 1, 2009. Time taken away from career activities for family (e.g., for the birth or adoption of a child, or for the care of a dependent) or health reasons, or for military service will not be counted against this time limit for eligibility. Applicants who received their Ph.D. before January 1, 2009, but who may therefore still be eligible for the ECA should email the Program Officer for this program (see Section 6), before submitting their proposal, to request a waiver for eligibility

Amount Description

Eligible Fellows can apply for up to $100K in start-up funds under this program. The start-up package is intended to aid Fellows in establishing a research group or laboratory in their new position. This funding is not guaranteed and is subject to review. Fellows should submit their proposals for start-up funds under the sponsorship of their new institution.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

December 2, 2019