August 26, 2016 – NASA has released a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) – Cycle 2, for a second round of multi-institutional team-based proposals for researchers who wish to become participating members of its Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).
With this opportunity, NASA hopes to foster an innovative, broadly based research programs addressing basic and 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 target bodies, to enable human exploration of these destinations.
The scope of this CAN includes the study and comparative planetary investigations of comets and/or main-belt asteroids, which may also provide critical information relating to the origin and evolution of the proposed target bodies.
Proposed research that complements current Institute Teams, or addresses important research areas not currently covered in the Institute, will also be given strong consideration. 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 CAN.
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) Planetary Science Division (PSD) and the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate’s (HEOMD) Human Research Program (HRP), provide funding for the CAN. Selections are expected in early 2017.
For more information about the CAN, designated as NNH16ZDA002J, visit:
For more information about SSERVI and its research science teams, visit: