When do the changes go into effect?
NASA issued the RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN SPACE AND EARTH SCIENCES – 2016 (ROSES-2016) on February 19, 2016. The changes in this document are effective for applications and proposals that are submitted on or after April 22, 2016.
The two major changes of note are:
- NASA no longer wants salary, fringe benefit or indirect costs (F&A) to appear in any section that a reviewer may see, as they do not want this information to influence reviewers’ judgement of the proposal.
- As a result, this information should be left off of the budget justification and anywhere else in the body of the proposal.
- The entire budget (including the personnel and F&A amounts excluded everywhere else in the proposal) should be entered accurately into the budget section on NSPIRES, and uploaded to the Proposal Attachments section using the new “Total Budget” option.
- Current and pending support is only required for funded Co-Is who are proposing to work at or above 10% of that person’s total effort (0.1FTE) on the project. A current and pending support form is still required for the PI regardless of their effort amount.
See Section I(c) of the ROSES-2016 Summary of Solicitation for a complete list of the changes to ROSES this year.
Additional changes and details can also be viewed on NASA’s FAQ website.