Rapid Response and Novel Research in Earth Science (ROSES 2019)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

In order to address its strategic goals and objectives (see Section I of the ROSES Summary of Solicitation), the ESD of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) acknowledges that there are important and highly relevant research topics and opportunities that cannot be anticipated in the annual ROSES solicitation. In particular, it is usually not possible to solicit the following two types of activities:

• Immediate research activity to take advantage of a target of opportunity due to an unforeseen event in the Earth system,

• Exceptionally novel and innovative ideas to advance Earth remote sensing that do not fit within ESD’s current slate of solicitations and/or programs.

ESD has not reserved any funds dedicated to this solicitation, but anticipates that its individual programs will consider support of a very small number of meritorious proposals each year.

This subelement is focused on research proposals having great urgency for action involving quick-response research on natural or anthropogenic extreme events and/or similar unanticipated or unpredictable events that fall outside the norm. Examples are major fires, volcanic eruptions, 100-year floods, episodes of severe and large-scale environmental pollution, harmful algal blooms, coral bleaching events, and other unexpected large-scale events causing rapid environmental change.

The research activities proposed must require rapid, near-term data acquisition, field work, and/or other such research activities. Given the significance of these events, rapid sharing of data and results are expected. Proposers are strongly encouraged to contact the NASA program officer(s) whose expertise best matches the proposal topic before submitting a proposal, in order to determine whether the proposed work is appropriate for this ROSES program element and if funding is likely to be available for a meritorious proposal.

The proposal must include clear statements as to 1) why the proposed research is of an urgent nature, 2) why the proposed research is of high significance and likely to have a long-lasting impact, 3) why this ROSES program element is the only feasible mechanism to request NASA support for the proposed work, and 4) a detailed plan on data dissemination and sharing. 

Proposals may be submitted at any time until March 27, 2020.




Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 27, 2020