Status Report

NASA ROSES-21 Amendment 41: Citizen Science Seed Funding Program Revised Text and New Due Dates

By SpaceRef Editor
October 22, 2021
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The Citizen Science Seed Funding Program (CSSFP; F.9 of ROSES-2021) aims to incubate citizen science projects as they are being conceived or during critical transitions, like the year when they are first launched or beta tested (i.e., when the first group of volunteers is invited to try the project) or when the project changes scientific direction.


The major changes to the text are as follows:


1.    Proposals relevant to Biological and Physical Science (BPS) division are now accepted and up to $100K is available to support these proposals. BPS proposals must focus on GeneLab and/or Physical Sciences Informatics databases.

2.    Previous CSSFP grantees may apply to the program again, but the call now has a goal of expanding the pool of scientists who use citizen science techniques in their science investigations. Furthermore, to be compliant, proposed projects must be new or heading into a critical transition.

3.    The proposal must demonstrate that the team possesses appropriate expertise both to conduct science and to foster broad participation, communication, and dissemination of results.

4.    The proposal must describe the technical approach and methodology to be employed in conducting the proposed work and the perceived impact of the proposed work to the state of knowledge in the field. Projects that simply collect data with no scientific goal or use case will be judged non-compliant.


ROSES-2021 Amendment 41 releases revised text and new due dates for F.9 The Citizen Science Seed Funding Program. This is a total text replacement, i.e., the numerous changes since the prior version are not tracked, so please read the text carefully. Optional Notices of Intent now requested by November 22, 2021, and 6-page proposals are due January 21, 2022.


On or about October 22, 2021, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2021” (NNH21ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at and will appear on SARA’s ROSES blog at


Questions and comments concerning F.9 CSSFP or this amendment should be addressed to Marc Kuchner and at Division specific technical questions may be directed to the Division Technical Points of Contact in Section 7 of F.9 CSSFP.

SpaceRef staff editor.