Funding Opportunities




The Third Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-3 = NNH17ZDA004O) Announcement of Opportunity (AO) is an omnibus, meaning it hosts individual flight opportunities each with its own topic and due date. The Table of SALMON-3 PEA Due Dates has hypertext links to each program element appendix (PEA) in SALMON-3.

SIMPLEx AO No Earlier Than April 2021.

There will be a delay in the release of the Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) Announcement of Opportunity (AO). Previously, the planetary science division had announced at town hall meetings that the SIMPLEx AO would be released no earlier than September 2020, but it is now anticipated that the SIMPLEx AO will be released no earlier than April 2021. Any inquiries should be directed to the SIMPLEx email: [email protected].

Future Solicitations

Link to PDF Planning List of SMD Solicitations from the SOMA web page.


Community Announcements


New Science Plan Released

All members of the community are encouraged to read the new Science Plan, Science 2020-2024: A Vision for Scientific Excellence, which may be downloaded at /about-us/science-strategy.

2020 NASA International Space Apps Challenge

Apply to be a "Local Lead" to host a 2020 NASA International Space Apps Challenge hackathon in your area on October 2-4, 2020. A Local Lead is a person who organizes the event in a specific city or town. In 2019, 225 Local Leads hosted Space Apps events in 71 countries, and over 29,000 people registered to participate worldwide. The Local Lead Applications are due by June 15th, 2020 and are to be submitted via Local Lead applicants may be affiliated with NASA, but that is not required.

Send questions to [email protected].

Since its inception in 2012, NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge has become the world’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space.

Space Apps inspires local communities to come together, think intensely, and create solutions to important problems. Each year, Space Apps engages thousands of individuals in cities around the world to work with NASA's open source data in a 48-hour sprint. Teams of technologists, scientists, designers, entrepreneurs, artists, and others collaborate to answer some of the most pressing challenges on Earth and in space.

Funding for Citizen Science in ROSES

Citizen Science is a form of open collaboration in which individuals or organizations participate voluntarily in the scientific process in various ways (see policy document on citizen science). This year there are two ROSES program elements specifically devoted to citizen Science:  A.41 Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program and E.9 The Citizen Science Seed Funding Program. Moreover, unless otherwise noted in the program element, proposals submitted to any ROSES call may be entirely or partially citizen science-based and additional funding may be available for proposals incorporating citizen science. Citizen science projects shall be held to the same rigorous standards as any SMD science program. For more information on ongoing SMD citizen science projects, see /citizenscientists or email [email protected].

Need Advice about ROSES and proposal writing?

On the library and useful links page we have added a new resource that may be useful to those who are new to proposing to ROSES. Presentations by Max Bernstein (NASA HQ) and Christina Richey (JPL) about ROSES how to write a proposal are now available. Both the video (thanks to the SETI Institute) and both PDF and PPT versions of Max's slides may be found in the SARA Library.

Please direct questions or corrections on this page to [email protected]