September 2010

11-29 October 2010, Sponsored by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This offering is free for all participants and will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. More Information: The three-week online professional development offering, Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico's Deep-Sea Ecosystems, is a selection of lessons about deep-sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico based on ten ocean exploration expeditions sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Office of Exploration and Research (OER) between 2002 and 2009. Some of these sites are within a few miles of the Deepwater Horizon well. Additional background information will be introduced to participants about the unique geology of the region and behavior of oil in seawater. The purpose of this professional development offering is to:

* Provide a foundation for student inquiries into the unique deep-sea ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico, with particular focus on deep-sea corals and cold seep ecosystems and the importance of these ecosystems;
* Provide an understanding of the technologies used to investigate these ecosystems; and
* Build capabilities for comparing data from past OER expeditions with new information from ongoing research in the Gulf.
The event will have:
* Keynote Addresses from renowned ocean explorers who have made significant contributions to scientific knowledge of deep-sea ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico.
* Discussions with these scientists and NOAA staff
* Lesson Plans (16) and other resources for educators

Workshop components include online spaces for discussions to further professional development, a collection of resources, discussion rooms for Keynoter speakers to interact with participants, and discussion rooms for teachers of different classroom levels. [Source: NAI]

The Kepler Guest Observer Program solicits proposals for the acquisition and analysis of new scientific data from the Kepler mission, which is the tenth mission launched under NASA's Discovery Program. During its 3.5-year prime mission, Kepler will continuously monitor a ~100 square degree field-of-view (FOV) in the Cygnus region (alpha=19h 22m 40s, delta=44* 30' 00"), with the objective of photometrically detecting transits of Earth-size planets in the habitable zones (HZ) of stars in the solar neighborhood. The instrument's high-precision photometry capability, with two available cadence modes (1 minute and 30-minute), provides a powerful tool for asteroseismology research and other variability analyses of both Galactic and extragalactic sources.

This amendment alters the due date for proposal submission to 11:59 pm EST Dec 17, 2010, specifies that the data proprietary periods will be 12 months for all quarters of cycle 3, and makes some other small changes to the text.

Table 2 and 3 of the Summary of Solicitation for this NRA, and the text of Appendix D.5 have been updated to reflect this change in due date.

This Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2010" (NNH10ZDA001N) is posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at (select "Solicitations" then "Open Solicitations" then "NNH10ZDA001N"). You can now track amendments, clarifications and corrections to ROSES and subscribe to an RSS feed at:

Questions regarding the Kepler GO Program may be addressed to Dr. Douglas Hudgins, Astrophysics Division (Mail Code 3Y28), Science Missions Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington Dc 20546-0001; Telephone (202) 358-0988, Email:

Source: NAI Newsletter

Release Date: July 9, 2010
Notices of Intent Due: August 6, 2010
Proposals Due: October 7, 2010
Identification Number: NNA10339208C

On July 9, 2010, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center released a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) Minority Institution Research Support (MIRS) Program. The full text of the CAN solicitation is available at

The NAI MIRS Program is intended to help train a new generation of researchers in astrobiology and to increase diversity within the astrobiology community. This solicitation seeks proposals to continue the process of recruiting and retaining underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by involving faculty and students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in astrobiology research.

Under this CAN, NASA Ames is soliciting proposals from accredited US institutions of higher education, non-profit higher education professional organizations, and consortia of those types of organizations and institutions, to administer the MIRS program. Proposals from MSIs and non-profit organizations serving underrepresented students are strongly encouraged. Other organizations, including for-profit organizations with a demonstrable capability to engage minority populations, are also eligible to propose.

The period of performance for the award resulting from this solicitation is a maximum of four years. NASA expects to award one Cooperative Agreement to take effect in early 2011. The estimated total value of the award is projected to be $0.8M - $1.0M.

Source: NAI Newsletter