Amendment 2 to FINESST: New proposal due date; updated solicitation and new FAQs

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019

FINESST Amendment 2: This amendment establishes a new proposal due date and makes eight other important updates/corrections for Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST).


Due to the 35-day partial U.S. Government shutdown, the due date for FINESST proposals has changed from February 1, 2019, to March 11, 2019. Further lapses in Government funding, though, may impact this and other key FINESST dates.


Additionally, this FINESST proposal due date revision does not adhere to prior SMD statements that no proposal due dates would be earlier than 60 days from the end of the 35-day partial U.S. Government shutdown because NASA SMD has decided that pursing funding availability at the academic year’s advent is a higher priority than meeting the 60-day due date goal. In order to increase the likelihood that funds for selected awards arrive at universities near the start of the academic year, the due date has been changed from February 1, 2019, to March 11, 2019, at 11:59 PM Eastern.


On or about February 7, 2019, the amended NASA Announcement "Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST)" (NNH19ZDA005K) and updated FAQ document will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at


This email is not a complete summary of the changes/updates to the solicitation or of the new items added to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) document.  It is necessary to visit the NSPIRES FINESST page and download these documents to be fully informed.


SMD commends U.S. universities for supporting any Principal Investigator and Future Investigator to overcome the recent and potential shutdown challenges in order to submit a FINESST proposal.  Email questions or comments to:

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