**Update: Four Important Announcements Regarding the SSERVI CAN **
Important announcements regarding the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute Cooperative Agreement Notice: we present new text, a FAQ, a Pre-proposal Briefing, and a request for volunteer reviewers.
Background: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) released a joint Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) on January 10, 2013, soliciting team proposals to become members of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). NASA is seeking innovative, broadly based research programs addressing basic and applied scientific questions fundamental to understanding the nature of the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies, to enable human exploration of these destinations. SSERVI will build upon the foundation and structure established by the NASA Lunar Science Institute, details of which can be found at http://lunarscience.nasa.gov.
1. Revised Text for the SSERVI CAN: a new version of the text has been posted on NSPIRES. It can be found at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/SSERVI or by going to http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ choosing solicitations, then open solicitations, and then following the link from NNH13ZDA006C. A number of changes have been made including: i) a reference to the Martian polar caps was deleted from Section 1.4; ii) The role of the IT specialist in Section 1.5; iii) The absence of NASA Civil Servant Salaries and associated indirect costs from budgets in Section 2.1; iv) reference to institutional PI and NESXIS3 were deleted from A.2.3 and v) other small changes were made to section 1.5. New text is in bold and deleted text is struck through.
2. A FAQ has been posted on the same NSPIRES web page where the CAN may be found at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/SSERVI. This FAQ will be updated periodically.
3. A Pre-proposal Briefing will be held Thursday, February 21, 2013, 3:00-5:00 pm EST to provide interested parties with the opportunity to better understand the intent, scope, and selection criteria of the SSERVI CAN (Solicitation number NNH13ZDA006C). A short presentation on the Institute and the solicitation will be followed by a question/answer period. The briefing will be live-streamed with participation available to anyone having internet access.
You can attend this briefing in one of three ways: (i) Phone-in only, and ask your questions when called upon at the end of the session if time allows; (ii) Phone in and use Adobe Connect via your computer, so that you can see the charts; or (iii) Participate via Adobe Connect only and listen through your computer (no phone line needed). When using Adobe Connect you can raise your hand via the chat room and follow up verbally, via chat when called upon, or just ask your questions by typing into the chat room.
To log in to the Adobe Connect link, go to http://connect.arc.nasa.gov/sservi_can/ as a “Guest” using your full name. If you would like to ask your question by voice, please dial into the teleconference line at 1-866-692-4538 and use Passcode: 7496560#
Adobe Connect requires Adobe Flash. To test your systems ahead of the briefing https://connect.arc.nasa.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm runs a little test and provides troubleshooting. Ricky Guest (firstname.lastname@example.org) is also available to assist anyone who might have troubles accessing the Adobe Connect meeting room.
4. We are seeking volunteers who might serve as potential reviewers of submissions in response to the SSERVI CAN. Interested parties should go to the volunteer page at http://science.nasa.gov/researchers/volunteer-review-panels/ and answer the questions. By indicating areas of expertise volunteers will help us match potential reviewers to proposals.
Solicitation Number: NNH13ZDA006C
Posted Date: Jan 08, 2013
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 08, 2013
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No
FedGrants Posted Date: Jan 08, 2013
Classification Code: A — Research and Development
NAICS Code: 541712
Grant Specific Information
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Number: 43.001
Cost Sharing or Matching Required: No
Estimated Total Program Funding: not available
Expected Number of Awards: not available
Ceiling Amount: none
Floor Amount: none
Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development (ST)
Eligible Applicants: 99 – Unrestricted
Link to Full Announcement: http://nspires.nasaprs.com
Contracting Office Address
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771
NNH13ZDA006C, the Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute will be available on or about January 10, 2013, via both the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) web page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com (go to “Solicitations” and “Open Solicitations”) and via Grants.gov at http://www.grants.gov .
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is soliciting the submission of multiinstitutional team-based proposals for research as participating members of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), hereafter referred to as “the Institute.” The Institute will succeed the current NASA Lunar Science Institute. Proposals must clearly articulate an innovative, broadly based research program addressing basic and applied scientific questions fundamental to understanding the nature of the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids (NEA), the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these target bodies, to enable human exploration of these destinations. Proposals in the areas of astrophysics and heliophysics that are enabled through human and robotic exploration of the Target Bodies are also solicited through this Cooperative Agreement Notice.
The research scope for the CAN is in the fields of lunar, NEA, and Martian moon sciences, with preference given to topics that relate to the joint interests of both planetary science and human exploration. Topics in astrophysics and heliophysics that are enabled through exploration of the Target Bodies are also within the scope of the CAN. The proposed research should address NASA’s science and exploration goals (either or both) and should include broadly based investigations of the highest quality that address basic and applied science objectives. The proposed research should be integrated; thus, proposals consisting of tasks addressing multifaceted questions must demonstrate credible, scientific connections among the tasks. Proposals that only address a single question should strive to integrate interdisciplinary expertise and methodologies. It is expected, but not required, that teams bring together broadly based expertise from more than a single institution.
Proposals must also articulate plans to advance the full scope of Institute objectives (http://lunarscience.nasa.gov/overview/). 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 approximately seven new teams will be selected through this solicitation
Participation in this solicitation is open to all categories of organizations. Although international teams are not solicited as part of this call for proposals, U.S. proposers are encouraged to identify projects involving international partners. The intent of this solicitation is to provide funding to U.S. institutions.
Points of Contact for Further Information
Institute Contact at NASA Ames Research Center:
Yvonne Pendleton, SSERV Institute Director
Phone: 650-604-1850 Fax: 650-604-1700
Robert A. Fogel, Program Manager Science Mission Directorate
Phone: (202) 358-2289 Fax: 202-358-3097
Michael J. Wargo, Program Manager Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
Phone: (202) 358-0822 Fax: 202-358-3091
Point of Contact
Name: Dr. Yvonne Pendleton
Title: SSERV Institute Director
Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff