NASA GSFC Community Announcement for Earth Venture Instrument-3 Solicitation

Status Report From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Thursday, February 12, 2015

Synopsis - Feb 12, 2015


General Information


    Solicitation Number: NNH15ZDA005J

    Posted Date: Feb 12, 2015

    FedBizOpps Posted Date: Feb 12, 2015

    Recovery and Reinvestment Act Action: No

    Original Response Date: Mar 10, 2015

    Current Response Date: Mar 10, 2015

    Classification Code: A -- Research and Development

    NAICS Code: 541712


Contracting Office Address


NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Headquarters Acquisition Branch, Code 210.H, Greenbelt, MD 20771




The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD) releases this Community Announcement of its intention to solicit proposals for the Earth Venture Instrument-3 (EVI-3) program. This Community Announcement serves in place of NASA releasing a draft version of the solicitation. No draft solicitation will be released.


EVI-3 will solicit Earth science-focused "mission-of-opportunity" proposals to develop spaceflight instruments to be installed on a NASA-provided platform or to develop CubeSat-based missions. Investigations may target any Earth science questions or issues that advance the goal of NASA’s 2014 Strategic Plan ( ) to "advance knowledge of Earth as a system to meet the challenges of environmental change, and to improve life on our planet".


EVI-3 is part of the Earth Venture (EV) portfolio under the Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program ( ). The EV portfolio consists of regularly solicited, competitively selected, cost and schedule constrained Earth science investigations as recommended by the National Research Council’s decadal survey in Earth science titled Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond (The National Academies Press, 2007) and available at .


The EVI-3 solicitation will be the third solicitation in the EVI series and is expected to have few updates from the EVI-2 solicitation ( %7B34880755-F100-9DC1-0C9F-C1F8EA697B65%7D&path=open). It will be released as a Program Element Appendix (PEA) of the Second Stand Alone Missions of Opportunity Notice (SALMON-2) ( {12429F12-CBF0-EA11-C7C1-4DF5F4B5BA0F}&path=open). Updates from the EVI-2 solicitation that are expected to be found in the EVI-3 solicitation are documented in the EVI-3 Table of Updates, posted under "Program Specific Documents" in the EVI-3 Library ( ). Proposers are encouraged to review the existing EVI-2 solicitation along with the EVI-3 Table of Updates.


The PI-Managed portion of the Mission Cost Cap for EVI-3 investigations is dependent on the instrument class, as described in the EVI-2 solicitation. For EVI-3 investigations based on Class D instruments or CubeSats, the cost cap will be $31M in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 dollars. For EVI-3 investigations based on Class C instruments, the cost cap will be $97M in FY 2018 dollars. NASA may select some combination of Class C and Class D investigations based on funding availability at the time of selection.


The timelines for instrument and CubeSat developments are as follows:


Class C instrument investigations: Phases A through C will span the years FY 2016-FY 2021, culminating in delivery of an instrument for integration onto a NASA-determined platform by March 31, 2021.


Class D instrument investigations: Phases A through C will span the years FY 2016-FY 2020, culminating in delivery of an instrument for integration onto a NASA-determined platform by March 31, 2020.


CubeSat(s): Phases A through D will span the years FY 2016-FY 2020, culminating in delivery of a CubeSat(s) that can be deployed by a NASA-determined launch vehicle by March 31, 2020.


Proposals that include more rapid instrument development timelines may be selected, provided the required budget phasing can be accommodated by NASA.


Proposals in response to the EVI-3 AO will be due 90 days after its formal release. Participation will be open to all categories of U.S. and non-U.S. organizations, including educational institutions, industry, nonprofit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, NASA Centers, and other Government agencies. For EVI-3, NASA plans to complete the selection process in a single step, as described in EVI-2 solicitation.


The schedule for the solicitation is expected to be:


Bidder’s Workshop (WebEx): March 4, 2015 Community Comments Due: March 10, 2015 Release of Announcement of Opportunity (AO) (target): March 2015 Preproposal Workshop (WebEx): ~2 weeks after AO release Proposals due: 90 days after AO release Selection: Early 2016


Further information will be posted on the Earth Venture Acquisition website at EVI-3 Acquisition Website at as that information becomes available. Questions or comments about this intention to release the EVI-3 AO may be addressed in writing or by E-mail to the Earth Venture Instrument-3 Program Scientist:


Dr. Thomas Wagner, Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20546-0001 Tel: 202-358-4682; E-mail: ; FAX 202-358-2770


Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E-mail and anonymized versions posted weekly at the EVI-3 PEA Questions and Answers (Q&A) section of the EVI-3 Acquisition Website.


Point of Contact


    Name: Dr Thomas Wagner

    Title: Earth Science Div - Science Mission Directorate

    Phone: 202-358-4682

    Fax: 202-358-2770



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