SSERVI CAN-2 to be released in 2015; Solicitation Number: TBD

Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI)

NASA is preparing to release a Cooperative Agreement Notice for the second selection of teams for the SSERVI, which is jointly supported by SMD and HEOMD.

The approximate time line for the solicitation is as follows:

Community Announcement of CAN……………….late spring, 2015
Request for comments……………………………………TBD
Virtual Meeting Q&A Session……………………………..TBD
Release of CAN…………………………………………TBD
Pre-proposal Briefing…………………………………..TBD
Proposals due:…………………………………………TBD
Proposal panel review…………………….3 months after proposal due date
CAN Selections…………………………………………TBD
Cooperative Agreements in place………………………….TBD

Background: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and Human Exploration Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) released the first joint Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) on January 10, 2013, and 9 teams were selected for 5-year awards. Staggered CANs every 2.5yrs enable continuity across the institute between teams selected in a previous cycle and those selected in the current cycle. NASA created SSERVI because it 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.

A FAQ will be developed and posted on the same NSPIRES web page where the CAN will be found. This FAQ will be updated periodically based on community input.

A virtual Q&A session to discuss the draft CAN with the community will be held a few weeks after the draft CAN is released. This page will be updated with connection information once the date for the Q&A session has been determined. The Q&A session will be live-streamed with participation available to anyone having internet access.

We are seeking volunteers who might serve as potential reviewers of submissions in response to SSERVI CAN-2. Once the CAN has been posted to NSPIRES, 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.

Further information will be posted through the NSPIRES system as it becomes available. Those individuals registered through NSPIRES should also receive automated E-mail notices.

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff

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