Request for Information: Lessons Learned from Recent Planetary Science Division Announcements of Opportunity

NASA’s Planetary Science Division has released three Announcements of Opportunity in the last four years: (1) the New Frontiers 2009 AO, (2) the Discovery 2010 AO, and (3) the Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) Instrument AO. These AOs, though based on the Standard AO, contained new features such as incentives for the use of specific, NASA developed technologies, extended reserve requirements and concurrent evaluations by international partners.

In anticipation of the next AOs for the Discovery and New Frontiers Programs, NASA seeks information from the scientific and mission management community on perceptions of the distinctive features of the three recent AOs. This information may be used as the basis for further dialogue via a subsequent, virtual, town-hall style meeting.

The response must contain the following information:

  • Name of submitter and contact information (institutional affiliation, email address);
  • A clear and concise statement of the issue addressed;
  • An articulate and compelling rationale for why the chosen issue would be significant to a wide range of proposers;
  • A discussion of the impact of not resolving the issue;
  • Suggested pathway(s) to resolve the issue; and,
  • A discussion of the potential impacts of the suggested solution(s).

Responses are due by October 16, 2013. For instructions on submission, see the full text of the Request for Information on the NSPIRES webpage for NNH13ZDA014L or by going to, choosing “Solicitations,” followed by “Open Solicitations,” and searching for NNH13ZDA014L.

Contact Point
Questions concerning this Request for Information should be addressed to Dr. Michael New, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC 20546; Telephone: (202) 358-1766; E-mail: [email protected]; FAX: (202) 358-3097.