27 December 2010

NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study 2010 RFP

Editor's Note: the following was just announced as part of NASA's Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2010 announcement, which was first released much earlier in the year. Where I once worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center, one of the NASA research facilities, we pushed eagerly for more proposal opportunities like this within NASA because, while contractors were allowed to submit proposals to outside agencies (NOAA, USGS, etc.) because of our academic or other outside standing, the scientists employed directly by NASA were allowed to submit funding and project proposals only to NASA.  Regarding the timing of this announcement, as part of the ROSES-2010 omnibus solicitation, I can only suggest that by the time these proposals are due to NASA, the ROSES-2011 solicitation ought to be released, but then I remember it seems never to have actually been released in full on the date anticipated.  The NEWS program itself only comes around for proposal competition every two or three years, and once a solicitation is released there's no guarantee that the program will be continued for another solicitation to appear in a couple of years, so the survivability of the program itself is contingent on sufficient interest from both investigators and those higher up in NASA who determine the agency's budget and priorities, and those two groups don't seem to talk to each other very well.  On the substance and goals of this particular announcement, I think that NASA is still under-reaching by far, and that's all I will say about it for now. 

Final text for ROSES 2010 Appendix A.17: NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study.

The overarching long-term NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study (NEWS) grand challenge can be summarized as documenting and enabling improved, observationally based, predictions of water and energy cycle consequences of Earth system variability and change. This challenge requires documenting and predicting trends in the rate of the Earth's water and energy cycling that corresponds to climate change and changes in the frequency and intensity of naturally occurring related meteorological and hydrologic events, which may vary as climate may vary in the future. The cycling of water and energy has obvious and significant implications for the health and prosperity of our society. The importance of documenting and predicting water and energy cycle variations and extremes is necessary to accomplish this benefit to society.

NASA's Energy and Water Cycle Study solicits projects to mine the vast data and model resources through innovative analyses to make progress against the NEWS goals. These projects should eschew focusing their efforts on product generation, model capability revision, or extensive model simulations. Instead, they should exploit existing resources that can be gained from previous or ongoing NASA sponsored research. Potential NEWS PIs are encouraged to leverage previous and existing NEWS funded activities, see http://nasa-news.org/ (see tabs for "Resources" and "Projects").

Amendment 29 releases the final version of the text of Appendix A.17: NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study, which replaces the draft text in its entirety. Notices of Intent to propose are due on February 16, 2011. The due date for proposals is March 22, 2011.

On or about December 27, 2010, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2010" (NNH10ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select Solicitations then Open Solicitations then NNH10ZDA001N). You can now track amendments, clarifications, and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to an RSS feed at: http://nasascience.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2010

Questions concerning this program may be addressed to Dr. Jared K. Entin, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Telephone: (202) 358-0275. E-mail: Jared.K.Entin@nasa.gov

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