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JCSDA 2013 Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) on the official grantsOnline website

JCSDA 2014 NASA ROSES FFO: Enhancing the Capability Of Computational Earth
System Models and NASA Data for Operation and Assessment

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Opportunity Description, (PDF, 132 KB)
NASA's Earth Science Research Program aims to use global measurements to understand the Earth system and its interactions as steps toward ultimately enabling prediction of Earth system behavior. To achieve this goal, a combination of shorter-term process-oriented measurements is complemented by longer-term satellite measurements of a limited number of environmental properties. For these measurements, NASA's Earth Science Research Program sponsors algorithm development, calibration/validation activities, and modeling studies to produce high- quality data products for scientific research and operational use.
Areas of Proposal Solicited
This solicitation seeks three areas of proposals: (a) Acceleration of Operational Use of Research Data, including Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA), (b) data for IPCC climate projection assessment, and (c) computational support of Earth system modeling.
Expected program budget for first year of new awards
Up to $3M
Number of new awards pending adequate proposals of merit
~ 12 - 18
Maximum duration of awards
2 years
Due date for Notice of Intent to propose (NOI)
July 22, 2010 [Amended June 23, 2010]
Due date for proposals
See Tables 2 and 3 in the Summary of Solicitation of this NRA.
Planning date for start of investigation
6 months after proposal due date.
Page limit for the central Science-Technical-Management section of proposal
15 pages; see also Chapter 2 of the NASA Guidebook for Proposers
Relevance to NASA
This program is relevant to the Earth science strategic goals and subgoals in NASA's Strategic Plan; see Table 1 and the references therein. Proposals that are relevant to this program are, by definition, relevant to NASA.
General information and overview of this solicitation
See the ROSES Summary of Solicitation.
Detailed instructions for the preparation and submission of proposals
See the NASA Guidebook for Proposers at
Submission medium
Electronic proposal submission is required; no hard copy is required or permitted. See Section IV of the ROSES Summary of Solicitation and Chapter 3 of the NASA Guidebook for Proposers.
Web site for submission of proposal via NSPIRES
(help desk available at
or (202) 479-9376)
Web site for submission of proposal via
(help desk available at or (800) 518-4726)
Funding opportunity number for downloading an application package from
NASA point of contact concerning this program
Dr. Tsengdar Lee
Earth Science Division
Science Mission Directorate
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Telephone: (202) 358-0860
Dr. Paula S. Bontempi
Earth Science Division
Science Mission Directorate
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Washington, DC 20546-0001
Telephone: (202) 358-1508

JCSDA 2010 FFO: Research in Satellite Data Assimilation for Numerical
Weather, Climate and Environmental Forecast Systems

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Applications closed as of October 20, 2009


The NOAA/NASA/DOD Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) is a distributed center that engages units of NASA: Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Earth-Sun Exploration Division; NOAA: NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), National Weather Service (NWS) National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)/Environmental Modeling Center (EMC), and Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR); US Navy: Oceanographer of the Navy and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL); and US Air Force Air Weather Agency.

The Joint Center's goal is to accelerate the abilities of NOAA, DOD, and NASA to ingest and effectively use the large volumes of data from current satellite-based instruments and planned satellite missions over the next 10 years.

This opportunity supports the JCSDA short-term goal to "contribute to making the forecast skill of the operational NWP systems of the JCSDA partners internationally competitive by assimilating the largest possible number of satellite observations in the most effective way." This announcement calls for proposals for scientific projects in the six areas described in the full announcement. If investigators are uncertain about the applicability of research topics to the priorities of the JCSDA, they should address questions to the appropriate technical point of contact listed in the text prior to submitting their proposals. These questions and corresponding answers will be posted on a Frequently Asked Questions page on the JCSDA website. Accordingly, the potential of the effort to improve weather forecast skill will be a key factor in the evaluation of proposals submitted to this Funding Opportunity, and given the current budget situation of JCSDA, it is not expected that FY2010 funds will be available for new projects that do not align closely with this short-term goal.

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