CubeSat-based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research

Quick Facts

Due DateMay 12, 2014 (Monday)
Award Amount$ 300,000 - $ 900,000
Category of Funding ActivityScience and Technology and other Research and Development
Eligible Applicants
  • Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity below)

Program Description

Lack of essential observations from space is currently a major limiting factor in many areas of geospace and atmospheric research. Recent advances in sensor and spacecraft technolo­gies make it feasible to obtain key measurements from low-cost, small satellite missions. A particularly promising aspect of this development is the prospect for obtaining multi-point observations in space that are critical for addressing many outstanding problems in space and atmospheric sciences. Space-based measurements from small satellites also have great potential to advance discovery and understanding in geospace and atmospheric sciences in many other ways. To take full advantage of these developments, NSF is soliciting research proposals centered on small satellite missions.The overarching goal of the program is to support the development, construction, launch, operation, and data analysis of small satellite science missions to advance geospace and atmospheric research. Equally important, it will provide essential opportunities to train the next generation of experimental space scientists and aerospace engineers.To facilitate launch of the satellites as secondary payloads on existing missions, the focus of the program is on CubeSat-based satellites. Launch of the satellites will mainly be through the standardized CubeSat deployment system, the Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployer (P-POD). Launch of the P-PODS will be as auxiliary payloads on DOD, NASA, or commercial launches. This will be arranged after selection and is not part of this solicitation. This solicitation covers proposals for science missions to include satellite development, construction, testing and operation as well as data distribution and scientific analysis.

General Information

Funding Opportunity Number14-535
Funding Opportunity TitleCubeSat-based Science Missions for Geospace and Atmospheric Research
Opportunity CategoryScience and Technology and other Research and Development
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of Awards2
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Posted DateFebruary 10, 2014 (Monday)
Application Due DateMay 12, 2014 (Monday)
***Full Proposal Deadline(s): May 12, 2014
Application Archive DateJune 12, 2014 (Thursday)
Total Program Funding$ 600,000
Award Amount$ 300,000 - $ 900,000
CFDA Number
  • 47.050 - Geosciences

Eligible Applicants

  • Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity below)

Contact Information

Agency NameNational Science Foundation
Program Information WebsiteNSF Publication 14-535
ContactNSF support

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