Discovery 2014 AO Amendments

Release Date:  November 5, 2014
Proposals Due:  February 18, 2015

With this amendment, the NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) NNH14ZDA014O, “Discovery 2014,” has been amended to

  1. Shift the due date for electronic proposals to February 18, 2015 from February 16, 2015,
  2. Add a requirement for color-coding of export-controlled material in the body of the proposal to Requirement 92, and
  3. Modify Requirement B-77 to remove the requirement that an estimated cost for the Engineering Science Investigation be included in proposal Appendix J.14.

The deadline for the submission of electronic proposals has been changed to February 18, 2015 due to the observance of the Federal holiday of Washington’s Birthday on February 16, 2015. Concomitantly, the deadline for the submission of proposals on CD-ROM has been changed to February 25, 2015.

To ease the identification and, if necessary, the redaction of export controlled information, any such information contained in proposals shall be color-coded: export control information shall be printed in a red font and figure(s) and table(s) containing such information shall be placed in a red-bordered box. Requirement 92 has been updated to reflect this.

To eliminate a conflict between the language of Section 5.1.8 of the final AO, and Requirement B-77, the provision of “[e]stimated … cost … impacts associated with the implementation of the proposed ESI [Engineering Science Investigation]” will not be required. Requirement B-77 has been modified to reflect this.

On or about January 16, 2015, Amendment No. 1 to the NASA Announcement of Opportunity “Discovery 2014” (NNH14ZDA014O) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH14ZDA014O”).

Comments and questions may be addressed in writing or by E-mail to: Dr. Michael H. New, Discovery Program Lead Scientist, Planetary Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546-0001; E‑mail: (subject line to read “Discovery 2014 AO”); Phone: 202‑358‑1766; FAX: 202‑358-3097.

Responses to all inquiries will be answered by E‑mail and also posted to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) location of the Discovery Program Acquisition website at; anonymity of persons and institutions who submit questions will be preserved.