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ROSES-06 Amendment 5: Adjustments in ROSES-2006 to align with the NASA budget

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, March 17, 2006

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Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 09:44:06 -0500
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Subject: ROSES-06 Amendment 5: Adjustments in ROSES-2006 to align with the NASA budget

ROSES-06 Amendment 5: Adjustments in ROSES-2006 to align with the NASA budget

This amendment makes the adjustments to ROSES-2006 that are required to align ROSES-2006 with NASA's FY06 operating budget and the President's requested FY07 budget for NASA. Some solicitations will result in fewer awards and some solicitations will not be offered in 2006.

On or about March 17, 2006, Amendment No. 5 to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2006" (NNH06ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH06ZDA001N").

Subsequent to the release of ROSES-2006, the NASA operating plan for fiscal year (FY) 2006 and the President's budget request for FY07 were released (http://www.nasa.gov/about/budget). The actual FY06 and proposed FY07 NASA budgets included reductions in funding for Science Mission Directorate Research and Analysis (R&A) programs. Specifically the proposed FY07 budget includes a 15% reduction for R&A in most disciplines and a 50% reduction in astrobiology. These budgets are sufficiently different from the planning budgets that were used to develop ROSES-2006 that adjustments are required in several ROSES-2006 program elements to be consistent with NASA's FY06 operating budget and the President's requested NASA FY07 budget.

This amendment makes the adjustments to ROSES-2006 that are required to align ROSES-2006 with NASA's FY06 operating budget and the President's requested FY07 budget for NASA. Some solicitations for ROSES-2006 program elements will result in fewer awards and some solicitations for ROSES-2006 program elements will not be offered in 2006.

In consultation with the science community, through the National Research Council and the NASA Advisory Council, NASA is studying the mix in the NASA science program between R&A programs, small missions, and large missions. If any changes are made before proposals are received by NASA, then ROSES-2006 will be further amended to indicate which programs have additional funding for new awards or to announce proposal due dates for those programs whose 2006 solicitations are under review.

Summary of Changes please see complete amendment for details.

The following Appendices are amended to indicate reduced funding for new awards in FY07:

- Appendix A.3: Terrestrial Ecology and Biodiversity.
- Appendix A.8: Precipitation Science.
- Appendix A.10: Atmospheric Composition: Research and Modeling.
- Appendix A.14: Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science.
- Appendix A.15: Earth System Science Research using EOS Satellites.
- Appendix B.2: Solar and Heliospheric Physics.
- Appendix B.3: Geospace Science.
- Appendices C.2 to C.12, C.16, C.17, C.19, and E.3: Planetary Science Research Program

The following solicitations are under review for 2006. The previously announced due dates are cancelled. Should sufficient funding be made available for a 2006 solicitation, NASA will issue another announcement.

- Appendix A.5: Physical Oceanography.
- Appendix A.11: Earth Surface and Interior.
- Appendix D.3: Long Term Space Astrophysics.
- Appendix D.7: Terrestrial Planet Finder Foundation Science.

The following solicitations are canceled for 2006. No proposals are solicited and no awards will be made.

- Appendix C.18: Astrobiology: Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology.
- Appendix C.20: Astrobiology Science and Technology Instrument Development and Mission Concept Studies.
- Appendix C.21: Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets.

The following solicitation has been rescoped. The proposal due date is delayed to August 1, 2006.

- Appendix A.9: Atmospheric Composition: Tropical Composition, Cloud, and Climate Coupling Experiment.

Additional programmatic information is available affecting particle astrophysics proposals submitted to the following solicitation.

- Appendix D.4: Astronomy and Physics Research and Analysis.

Questions about specific program elements should be addressed to the NASA Program Officer identified in the relevant ROSES appendix. Questions concerning the ROSES NRA may be addressed to Dr. Paul Hertz, Chief Scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; Telephone: (202) 358-0986; E-mail: Paul.Hertz@nasa.gov.

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