The final Cycle-6 selection process has been completed and 49 new guest investigator grants will be issued this month. Cycle-6 officially began on August 4, 2013.
Phase-2 (budget) proposals for the Fermi Cycle-6 GI Program are due on June 24, 2013. Please refer to the instructions below for preparing your phase-2 proposal.
The selections for the stage-I Fermi Cycle-6 GI program have been finalized. The notification letters and peer review evaluations will be sent by NASA HQ to all proposers in the near future. A list of the cycle-6 stage-I selections is now posted on the FSSC web site.
The Fermi mission is facing budget constraints in FY14 that will affect the GI program. The project team is working to minimize the impact of these cuts.
Cycle 6 of the Fermi GI program will proceed as planned, but with a modest reduction. Results of the Cycle-6 GI stage-I proposal review will be announced during May 2013. We apologize for any inconveniences resulting from this delay. We will fund all previously approved multi-year proposals that have met the requirements specified in the NRA, thus honoring all our current commitments.
If you have been asked to submit a budget for your Cycle 6 proposal you will be required to use the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES). The submission deadline will be posted at a later date.
Both you and your institution must be registered with NSPIRES. Because of the time this may take, register now, and if you think you are registered, check now to make sure your registration is current.
|NSPIRES website live||June 7, 2013|
|Stage 2 budget proposal due date||June 24, 2013|
|Award Initiation (FY13/FY14)||August 2013/December 2013|
The deadline for proposals to participate in the Fermi Cycle-6 Guest Investigator program is January 18, 2013 at 4:30 PM EST. Proposals should be submitted through the ARK/RPS remote proposal submission system. Further details are available in the Fermi Amendment to the 2012 ROSES NRA, and in this web page.
The Fermi project is pleased to announce two new joint programs starting in Cycle 6 as noted in the Fermi Amendment to the 2012 ROSES NRA. One is with the VERITAS collaboration. This program is intended to support collaborative efforts to jointly observe high-energy gamma-ray sources with VERITAS and Fermi. Successful proposals will be selected on a competitive basis via the Fermi Cycle 6 proposal review. Details of the program are described in the VERITAS-Fermi Collaborative Agreement. Further information is available at the FSSC website. As there are a number of technical and programmatic constraints involved with the Fermi-VERITAS program, we are recommending that perspective proposers submit a brief notice of intent (NOI) to propose that would be jointly reviewed by the FSSC and a VERITAS collaboration member. The goal of such NOIs is to identify any possible issues that may affect your proposal and to provide constructive feedback in advance of your final proposal preparation.
The other new joint program involves the Arecibo Observatory. Under this joint program up to 300 hours of observation time using the 305-m dish will be made available to successful proposers to the Fermi Guest Investigator Program for coordinated scientific investigations. The details of this agreement bear some similarity to the highly successful Fermi-NRAO joint program agreement, but there are a number of technical and programmatic issues unique to Arecibo that proposers should take into consideration. Details of this agreement are available on the FSSC website.
A new GBM data product, intended primarily to facilitate studies of very short duration transients such as terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, will be available during Cycle-6 and beyond. In nominal operation the Fermi GBM will be continuously recording and sending to the ground time-tagged events (TTE) with 2-micro-second accuracy. This new operating mode will produce continuous TTE files in addition to the intervals currently available around a GBM trigger. Additional details are provided on the Fermi Science Support Center web site.
A new LAT data product, which provides significant new analysis capabilities for short duration transients such as gamma-ray bursts and solar flares, was also recently introduced. These data provide enhanced acceptance, especially at low energies, but with high background contamination. These data and associated response files are now routinely being provided for a time interval around selected transient events. For more details please see: http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/ssc/data/analysis/documentation/Cicerone/Cicerone_Data/LAT_DP.html.
|Announcement (as part of ROSES 2012)||October 22, 2012|
|Fermi-VERITAS NOIs Due||November 19, 2012|
|Proposals Due||January 18, 2013|
|Proposal Peer Review||March/April 2013|
|Stage-2 Proposal Solicitation||May 2013|
|Final Selections Announced||June 2013|
|Fermi Cycle 6 Begins||mid August 2013|
The Fermi Guest Investigator Program provides funding for direct analysis of Fermi data, for supporting observations in other wavebands, for complementary theoretical studies, and more. The deadline for proposals is typically in January of each year.
Fermi PIs can propose to:
Fermi proposals may be submitted by investigators at both US and non-US institutions, but only PIs or Co-Is sited at US institutions may receive funding from NASA. Proposals without any investigators sited at a US institution will be evaluated (such an evaluation may assist an investigator obtain funding from a foreign funding agency), may result in a pointed LAT observation, or may be awarded Suzaku, NRAO, Arecibo, NOAO or VERITAS observing time.
As a resource to proposers list of the titles and abstracts of programs selected in previous mission cycles is available here.
Fermi proposals may be submitted by investigators at both US and non-US institutions, but only PIs or Co-Is sited at US institutions may receive funding from NASA. Proposals without any investigators sited at a US institution will be evaluated (such an evaluation may assist an investigator obtain funding from a foreign funding agency), may result in a pointed LAT observation, or may be awarded Suzaku, NRAO or NOAO observing time.
Fermi's proposal process will have two Phases. In Phase 1 you will submit a cover page and a scientific justification; the cover page (generated by a webform) will include a maximum budget cap and the scientific justification should include a brief management section that describes the resources required (e.g., FTE). There is also an ARK/RPS form to summarize your proposed management plan and schedule. The page limit for this section is 4 pages for a Regular proposal, and 6 pages for a Large proposal. An additional page describing technical details of your proposed Suzaku, NRAO, Arecibo, VERITAS or NOAO observations must be added if you are applying under the 'joint proposal opportunity.' A peer review panel will review your Phase 1 proposal, and you will submit a Phase 2 budget proposal only if your Phase 1 proposal has been tentatively accepted.
Proposals should be single-spaced, typewritten, English-language text, using one or two columns, and using an easily read font size 12-point or larger, and no more than 15 characters per horizontal inch. No smaller font should be used in the subsections of the proposal, including references: however, figure captions can be in fonts as small as 10-point. In addition, the proposal shall have no more than 5.5 lines per inch of text. Pages should have at least one-inch (2.5 cm) margins on all sides.
PIs of Large (multi-year) projects approved in previous cycles must submit a progress report annually on the Phase 1 proposal due date (rather than on the anniversary of the award date). A Large project may be funded for a total of 3 years. PIs of Regular proposals that were approved for 2 years in the previous cycle need not submit a progress report for Phase 1.