NASA ROSES-22 Amendment 45: D.3 Astrophysical Research and Analysis: Suborbital Major Text Revision and Payload Requirements Document for Suborbital Class Surveys


The Astrophysical Research and Analysis (APRA, D.3) program solicits fundamental research proposals for investigations relevant to NASA’s astronomy and astrophysics programs and includes research across the entire photon range , gravitational waves and particle astrophysics. Proposals are invited in the following five broad categories:

  • Suborbital/suborbital class surveys
  • Development of detectors
  • Support technology
  • Astrophysics Laboratory
  • Participating Astrophysical Researchers in the United States

This APRA opportunity offers a suite of next-generation commercial suborbital platforms, made available through a partnership with NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, to investigators at no additional cost. These new commercial capabilities are offered in addition to the traditional suborbital platforms provided by NASA. Nominators are encouraged to consider proposing innovative investigations to take advantage of new commercial suborbital platforms to increase the scientific yield and impact of the proposed research. SMD expects this to allow smaller payloads to be flown, with a commensurate decrease in cost, that take advantage of these capabilities at a higher rate, provided the proposals are sufficiently sound.

Amendment 45 of ROSES-2022 announces a major revision of the sections of D.3 APRA regarding suborbital/suborbital class investigations. In particular, suborbital surveys require that a preliminary Payload Requirements Document (PRD) be uploaded with the mandatory Notice of Intent and a final PRD be uploaded with the proposal. The changes were too numerous to show in the document. Instead, a short list of changes is provided in the bold notice at the top of the program item text. Due dates are unchanged: mandatory notices of intent are due October 21, 2022 and proposals are due December 15, 2022.

On or about August 31, 2022, this amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2022” (NNH22ZDA001N) will be posted on the homepage NASA research opportunities at ROSES2022 and will appear on SARA’s ROSES blog at: roses-2022/

Questions regarding this amendment regarding D.3 APRA Suborbital/suborbital-class investigations can be directed to [email protected] Further questions on D.3 PARA can be directed to the appropriate point of contact listed at the end of the text of the D.3 PARA program element (PDF) or Dominic Benford, the primary point of contact for PARA, at Dominic [email protected]


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