ROSES-12 Amendment 18: Final text for Appendix D.6: The Fermi Guest Investigator Program

Status Report From: NASA Science Mission Directorate
Posted: Monday, October 22, 2012

The Fermi Guest Investigator (GI) program solicits proposals for basic research relevant to the Fermi mission. The primary goal of this mission is to perform 20 MeV to >300 GeV gamma-ray measurements over the entire celestial sphere, with sensitivity a factor of 30 or more greater than that obtained by earlier space missions. A secondary goal includes the study of transient gamma-ray sources with energies extending from 8 keV up to 300 GeV.

This Amendment releases the final text for Appendix D.6, The Fermi Guest Investigator Program, which replaces the prior text in its entirety. These are the major changes since the prior version that was released with ROSES 2012. In this cycle, Fermi investigators can now apply for observing time through joint programs with the Arecibo Observatory or the VERITAS ground-based Cerenkov telescope facility. A new data product, intended primarily to facilitate studies of very short duration transients such as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, will be available during Cycle-6 and beyond. This new operating mode will produce continuous TTE files in addition to the intervals currently available around a GBM trigger.

The due date for proposals remains January 18, 2013.

On or about October 22, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012" (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity home page at and will appear on the RSS feed at: .

Technical questions concerning this program element may be directed to Chris Shrader Fermi Guest Investigator Program, Code 661, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001. Telephone: (301) 286-8434; Email:; Help Desk:

Questions concerning Fermi capabilities may be directed to Julie McEnery, Fermi Project Scientist, Code 661, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771-0001. Telephone: 301-286-1632; Email:

NASA point of contact for programmatic information is Ilana M. Harrus Astrophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001. Telephone: (202) 358-1250; E-mail:

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