Draft NASA SSERVI CAN Released for Community Comment

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Comments due: July 3, 2018 via email to

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) have released a Draft version of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) as NNH18ZDA013J for community comment.

The text posted on the NSPIRES page for NNH18ZDA013J is a draft of a planned future opportunity for the submission of multi-institutional team-based proposals for research as participating members of the Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute. Proposals must clearly articulate an innovative research program addressing basic and/or applied research fundamental to understanding the nature of the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and the near space environments of these bodies, to enable eventual human exploration of these destinations. Although the Institute will continue to support research addressing all of these potential human exploration destinations, in light of the administration’s focus on returning to the Moon, as well as the near-term opportunities that will be provided by the burgeoning commercial lunar industry, proposals which address these near-term lunar needs and opportunities will be given preference. Proposed research that complements current CAN-2 Institute Teams, and/or addresses important research areas not currently covered in the Institute, will be given strong consideration (see:

The research scope for this CAN is in the fields of lunar, NEA, and martian moon studies, with preference given to topics that emphasize studies related to the Moon and those that relate to joint interests of SMD and HEOMD. The proposed research should address NASAs basic (science) and applied (exploration) research goals and should include multidisciplinary investigations that address the objectives of this CAN. The proposed research should be integrated; thus, proposals consisting of tasks addressing multifaceted questions must demonstrate significant scientific and/or technical connections among the tasks. Proposals that only address a single question should strive to integrate interdisciplinary expertise and methodologies. It is expected that teams bring together expertise from more than a single institution.

This CAN will support the broad spectrum of lunar, NEA, and Martian moon studies encompassing investigations of the surface, interior, exosphere, genesis, evolution, and the near-space environments of these bodies. Investigations that link science and exploration are highly encouraged. Fundamental research having clear, critical and longer-term implications for acquiring or interpreting data regarding potential human destinations is encouraged (for example, addressing Target Body Strategic Knowledge Gaps), as are research efforts that are relevant to (but are not dependent upon) current or future space missions. Proposals in the areas of astrophysics and heliophysics that are enabled through human and robotic exploration of the Target Bodies are also solicited through this Cooperative Agreement Notice. Efforts to develop new technological approaches to scientific exploration of Target Body(s), are encouraged, including but not limited to telerobotics, AR/VR, and autonomous systems. Supported investigations include, but are not limited to, theoretical investigations, numerical modeling of physical or chemical processes, experimental/laboratory investigations, development of technical/technological approaches, and field studies.

The full text for this draft CAN may be downloaded as PDF file from the NSPIRES page for NNH18ZDA013J which may be reached by following the link embedded in the text or by or by searching on NNH18ZDA013J at

Comments on the draft text are due by COB July 3, 2018, via email to


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