Planetary Science Early Career Award Program (ROSES 2020)

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). Support from this program will allow promising individuals to play an increasing and meaningful role in the planetary science community. PSD intends to fund approximately five Early Career Awards per year (one-time award of up to $200K).

Deadline: December 1, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to propose to the ECA program in ROSES-2020, 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-2018 or ROSES-2019 (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, 2010. See Section 5.2 for more information on this time criterion. c. The applicant must be affiliated with a U.S. institution. d. Each ROSES parent award can be used only once 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 5.4 for more details).

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 1, 2020