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The Science Office for Mission Assessments (SOMA) at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) supports the Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters
in the acquisition of Earth and space science missions and instruments through the development of Announcement of Opportunity (AO)
solicitations and the Technical, Management, and Cost (TMC) evaluations of proposals received in response to the AO solicitations and Phase A concept
In addition, the SOMA leads special studies, independent assessments, and reviews for SMD. It also serves as a principal interface with the NASA
Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership (APPEL)
on the development and implementation of special training programs for Principal
Investigator Teams and NASA employees.
Planning List for SMD Solicitations (Last updated April 10, 2018)
"The following list is the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) planning list for solicitations issued as Broad
Agency Announcements, including NASA Research Announcements (NRAs), Announcements of Opportunity (AOs), and Cooperative
Agreement Notices (CANs). This list represents a snapshot of SMD's plans as of the revision date. It is important to note
that these are projected solicitations and planning dates only. NASA cannot guarantee that the final solicitations will
be released, or that they will be released by the planning date. ..."
Lessons Learned from Technical, Management, and Cost Review of Proposals
NASA's selection of new science missions via competitive solicitation utilizes a rigorous two-step evaluation process that aims to produce the richest
science return within a predefined cost cap. To encourage submission of the highest quality proposals and concept study reports, NASA maintains an ongoing effort to identify lessons learned from the two-step process.
Science Office for Mission Assessments
Langley Research Center
Hampton, VA 23681
Tel: (757) 864-3062
Fax: (757) 864-8894