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NASA ROSES: Future Investigators in NASA Earth & Space Science and Technology (FINESST) Due 02/06/24

Opportunity Title:

Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2023: F.5 Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology



Opportunity Number:



Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) is a program element in Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES). Through FINESST, the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) solicits proposals from accredited U.S. universities and other eligible organizations for graduate student- designed and performed research projects that contribute to SMD's science, technology, and exploration goals. The Future Investigator (FI), i.e., the student, shall have the primary initiative to define the proposed FINESST research project and must be the primary author, with input or supervision from the proposal's Principal Investigator (PI), as appropriate.

The proposal must present a well-defined research problem/activity and a justification of

its scientific significance to NASA, as well as a detailed approach for its solution/conduct. Proposals should explain how the research is relevant to the SMD division that will review the proposal. All FINESST proposals must address their relevance to at least one participating SMD division (see Section 4.1.1). The proposer should reference Section 2 below regarding suitable research topic(s) solicited by a participating Division: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Planetary Science, Astrophysics, and Biological and Physical Sciences.


The Future Investigator (FI) named on the proposal is primarily responsible for writing a FINESST proposal.

To be eligible, the FI must meet the following criteria:

  • By the proposal due date, the student, known as a future investigator (FI), must have

    • applied to, or

    • been admitted to, or

    • be enrolled as a graduate student, i.e., a Master’s or Ph.D. degree student, or both, in an Earth- or space sciences-related discipline, at an eligible, accredited U.S. university.

For more details on Future Investigator Eligibility, please see pages 7 and 8 of the attached document.

Award Details:

Maximum Award:

$50,000 per 12 months, up to $150,000 for 36 months


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