Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (soliciting graduate student research) final text and due dates released

Through Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) the Astrophysics, Earth Science, Heliophysics and Planetary Science Divisions of the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) solicit proposals from accredited U.S. universities and other eligible organizations for graduate student-designed and performed research projects. FINESST awards research grants with a research mentor as the principal investigator and the listed graduate student listed as the “student participant”. Unlike the extinct NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships (NESSF), the Future Investigators (FIs) are not trainees or fellows. Subject to a period of performance restriction, some former NESSFs may be eligible to submit proposals to FINESST. 

This amendment replaces the draft text with the final text and announces the proposal due date: FINESST Proposals are due February 4, 2021. Notices of Intent will not be accepted.

An optional pre-proposal teleconference is scheduled November 17, 2020 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  No earlier than 30 minutes prior to the start time, call 1-888-994-8796 (U.S.-only Toll Free) or 1-517-308-9203 (U.S. Toll) and use Participant Passcode: 3134590. Restrictions may prevent the use of a toll-free number from a mobile or free phone; from telephones outside the U.S; or from computer software such as Skype. For U.S. TTY-equipped callers or other types of relay service no earlier than 30 minutes before the start of the teleconference, call 711 and provide the same conference call number and passcode. 

SMD will post the teleconference charts no later than noon Eastern Time on the teleconference day under “Other Documents” on FINESST’s NSPIRES page Email any teleconference agenda suggestions and questions by November 13, 2020.* Questions via email after the telecon are welcome. NSPIRES will post a written summary of the recorded call no later than 45 business days following the teleconference including any other questions received and responses, with identifying information removed on the NSPIRES page for FINESST under “other documents”. 

On or about November 3, 2020, the Amendment to ROSES-20 (NNH20ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://solicitation.nasaprs.com/ROSES2020 and will appear on SARA’s ROSES blog at: https://science.nasa.gov/researchers/sara/grant-solicitations/roses-2020/.

The points of contact for this program may be reached at: HQ-FINESST@mail.nasa.gov.

*PS. If a caller can’t join the call for any reason, e.g., scheduling conflict, number of callers exceeds capacity, see Section 1.2 “Record/Replay of the Pre-Proposal Telecon.” Audio-only replay availability estimate: (beginning) November 18 – (ending) December 16, 2020. 

PSS. We are seeking reviewers for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES)-2020 E.5 program element entitled: Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology NNH20ZDA001N-FINESST. Signing up does not commit you to serve, nor is NASA obligated to invite you.

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