Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute Cooperative Agreement Notice (SSERVI CAN-3)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA, through the release of this Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN), is announcing an opportunity for the submission of multi-institutional team-based proposals for research as participating members of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), hereafter referred to as "the Institute." Proposals must clearly articulate an innovative research program addressing basic and/or applied research fundamental to understanding the nature of the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), the martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these bodies, to enable eventual human exploration of these destinations. Although the Institute will continue to support research addressing all of these potential human exploration destinations, in light of the administration’s focus on returning to the Moon, as well as the near-term opportunities that will be provided by the burgeoning commercial lunar industry, proposals which address these near-term lunar needs and opportunities will be given preference. Proposed research that complements current CAN-2 Institute Teams, and/or addresses important research areas not currently covered in the Institute, will be given strong consideration (see:

CAN objectives specific to this release can be found in Section 1.3. The Institute is supported by a partnership between the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD). NASA anticipates that several new teams will be selected through this solicitation at up to $1.5M per team per year for five years. These values are firm caps per award, which represent everything, including indirect costs, as well as civil servant costs. Additional solicitations are planned for release at approximately two and a half to three year intervals as previously selected CAN teams complete their awards. Proposers are free to propose amounts less than noted above for all years.

SSERVI’s mission extends beyond scientific goals to encompass community development, training of the next generation of planetary scientists, fostering of international and commercial partnerships, and integration of science and exploration strategic goals. Therefore, proposals must also articulate plans to advance the full scope of Institute objectives (see Section and

Deadline for Step-1 Proposals: Oct. 19, 2018

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The research scope for this CAN is in the fields of lunar, NEA, and martian moon studies, with preference given to topics that emphasize studies related to the Moon and those that relate to joint interests of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD). The proposed research should address NASA’s basic (science) and applied (exploration) research goals and should include multidisciplinary investigations that address the objectives of this CAN. The proposed research should be integrated; thus, proposals consisting of tasks addressing multifaceted questions must demonstrate significant scientific and/or technical connections among the tasks. Proposals that only address a single question should strive to integrate interdisciplinary expertise and methodologies. It is expected that teams bring together expertise from more than a single institution.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

October 19, 2018