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Changes between Cycle 1 and Cycle 3:
In Cycle 3, there are two proposal categories, "Small" (fewer than 1000 targets, budget capped at $30,000) and "Large" (1000 or more targets, budget capped at $100,000). Proposals in the "Small" category of K2 GO proposals are limited to not more than five participants (including Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-Investigators (CoIs), and Collaborators); proposals in the "Large" category are limited to not more than eight participants. A description of the two categories of K2 GO proposals is given in Section 3.1. Campaign 9 proposals will be treated as Large programs.

The Scientific/Technical/Management section of K2 GO proposals in the "Small" category is limited to not more than four pages (reduced from six pages in Cycle 1). The page limit for the Scientific/Technical/Management section of proposals in the "Large" category remains six pages.

Proposals in the "Large" category of K2 GO proposals must include a section of no more than one page in length describing a value-added community resource product that the proposal will provide at the end of the period of performance of the grant and how that product will be made available to the community. Proposals that anticipate delivery of a data product/products to one of the NASA archives (e.g., MAST or the NASA Exoplanet Database) for curation must include a letter of acknowledgement from the relevant archive.

Although a detailed budget is not requested in either Step-1 or Step-2 proposals, the statement of work in the Step-2 proposal should clearly identify any and all members of the proposing team who would receive funding under the proposed investigation.

In accordance with Public Law 113--76, Division B, Title V, Section 532, NASA cannot support bilateral participation, collaboration, or coordination with China or any Chinese-owned company or entity, whether funded or performed under a no-exchange-of-funds arrangement. See Section III(c) of the ROSES-2014 NRA for more information on these restrictions.

Changes between Cycle 2 and Cycle 3:
PDF attachments are no longer required as part of the Phase 1 submission.

For Campaigns 8 and 10, funding amounts will be determined formulaically based on target allocation. For GO Cycle 1, covering two campaigns, 27 awards were made, including five awards at $100K, two awards at $75K, and 20 awards at $30K or less. For Campaigns 8 and 10, award sizes will range from $10K for a few targets to up to $30K for 999 targets. Proposals of over 1000 targets may receive up to the maximum award amount of $100K.

Campaign 9:
Campaign 9 will be dedicated to a study of gravitational microlensing events. The Campaign 9 microlensing experiment involves the Kepler spacecraft observing in the +VV direction at fields toward the Galactic bulge. The aim of this program is to simultaneously observe gravitational microlensing events with K2 and from Earth in order to see a parallax effect in the shape and time of the lensing event.

In order to best maximize the scientific returns from the microlensing data, Campaign 9 targets are preselected and the GO solicitation will not be for scientific proposals targets. Campaign 9 will differ from Campaigns 8 and 10, as well as previous campaigns, in that no long cadence pixel resources are offered through this solicitation. Proposals that seek to use Campaign 9 data for purposes other than the microlensing study will not be selected.

There is expected to be a small, unfunded Directors Discretionary Targets (DDT) program run by the K2 GO office to allow exceptional targets to be observed. Campaign 9 is undertaken in the positive velocity vector (+VV) direction that allows for simultaneous observations from the ground. DDT proposals will be handled through the GO Office, outside of ROSES.

The Campaign 9 opportunity requests proposals for inclusion in a Microlensing Science Team. This Team, consisting of approximately five to ten members, will coordinate with and make recommendations to the K2 GO office and K2 project regarding the observational planning of Campaign 9. The intention is to form a cohesive team that can work to represent and serve the best interests of the microlensing scientific community.

Proposals are expected to address one or more of the specific areas of work relevant to the exploitation of K2 microlensing experiment data. The selected team members will be expected to coordinate their activities with the K2 GO Office and the other members of the Microlensing Science Team. All data, products, analyses, and results obtained by Team members are nonproprietary. Data shall be suitably reduced, analyzed, and documented, and will be required to be delivered to a public archive (reduced data and results) in a timely fashion on a schedule proposed and coordinated with the Microlensing Science Team and the Kepler GO Office.

The proposed investigations can be analytical or observational in nature. Investigations must involve research activities that relate to the detection, characterization, or understanding of gravitational microlensing events observed by K2. Priority for selection will be determined by the programmatic relevance of the proposed investigation to the K2 microlensing experiment, as well as its technical merit and cost reasonableness, so proposers are advised to pay particular attention to clearly articulating the importance of their proposed investigation and the value these efforts have to the wider scientific community. Proposals for participation in the Microlensing Science Team by scientists who can provide or facilitate coordinated ground-based observations are strongly encouraged.

Some possible programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Facilitating simultaneous ground-based data collection and analyses of those ground based data
  • Development and execution of methods that ensure accurate under-sampled crowded field photometry
  • Characterization and removal of systematic biases, target selection effects, background contamination, and detection efficiency to inform completeness and reliability estimates of detected events
For Campaign 9, targets are preselected and awards will not be based on target allocation, but should be based on funding needs for Science Team participation, as detailed in the proposed statement of work and budget. While an attached budget spreadsheet is not required, Campaign 9 proposals should include a half-page (approximately) Budget Summary table and a management plan that includes a statement of proposed work and a budget justification narrative. The proposed budget should be carefully considered and fully justified. It is anticipated that five to ten team members will be selected with an average budget allocation of $50K, but not more than $100K.
For Campaign 9, we expect to have an overall funding amount of $500K available, and funds to successful PIs will be made available once Campaign 9 proposals are formally accepted (near October 1, 2015). This early funding is to allow for the organization of ground-based observations and to assure time to work with the K2 project in understanding spacecraft capabilities and Campaign 9 plans.

Step-by-step Instructions for the Submission of a K2 Guest Observer Proposal
  1. If new to the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System, NSPIRES, register on the NSPIRES website.

  2. Familiarize yourself with the NASA Research Announcement (NRA) Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences Announcement 2015 (ROSES-2015). This document provides an overview of the NRA process and is a compilation of most solicitations within NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

  3. Read the Cycle 3 K2 Research Announcement. New amendments to the Kepler NRA are publicized at NSPIRES. Check this page regularly.

  4. Understand the scope of the Guest Observer Program. Science papers exploiting data from the Kepler and K2 mission can be found here and here. Proposal Content Summary:
    The following table summarizes the content of material to be supplied by the Principal Investigator in support of a K2 GO proposal. This package is to be uploaded to NSPIRES during the process of submitting electronic proposals. Descriptions for the content of each element are provided in sec 2.3 of the 2014 NRA Proposers Guidebook. The right-hand column provides page limits for the package elements. Page limits on this web site override the NRA-generic limits within the handbook. Caveats to the page limits are provided as footnotes. The completed package upload must not exceed 15 pages. If a large target table extends beyond the 15 page limit then truncate the table so that the page limit is not exceeded and make a note within the proposal that the table has been truncated. PIs should not feel compelled to meet the page limits, but must submit all items appropriate to their proposal.

Page Limit
Table of Contents
Science justification and technical management, "Small" proposals 1
Science justification and technical management, "Large" proposals 1
as needed
PI biography
Co-I biography (per Co-I)
21 per Co-I
Current and pending support
as needed

1 Includes text, tables, and figures. References and the required target table do not count against these page limits, but the target table should be truncated in cases where it would cause this section to exceed 15 pages.

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