SCIENCE MISSION DIRECTORATE (SMD) ACQUISITION COMMUNICATION POLICY:
Proposers are advised that only the Announcement of Opportunity, these Questions and Answers (Q&A), and any formal communications documented by the EVI-6 Program Scientist are maintained and considered as binding during the Evaluation, Categorization and Selection processes that would be applicable to this Announcement. Verbal, or other, unofficial communications with NASA, or other, personnel are non-binding and should not be considered as advice, guidelines, requirements, commitments or agreements for the purposes of this AO. By far, one of the most important NASA Science Mission Directorate's activities is the solicitation and selection of research investigations for NASA funding. Proposers and proposing colleagues should ensure that critical decisions are not based on erroneous, pre-selection hearsay information by asking for clarification through these Q&A and requesting that the Program Scientist document any proposal-specific communications with NASA officials.
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Draft EVI-6 PEA Q&As
Partner Missions of Opportunity (PMO) are not solicited for EVI-6 but international collaborations are allowed and encouraged. What is the difference between a PMO and an international collaboration?
How does NASA assess spacecraft and launch vehicles for EVI proposals? Will the government prioritize hosting aboard the ISS, hosting aboard another NASA mission as a rideshare, or potentially reaching out to commercial bus providers?
Is there a way for NASA to facilitate teaming of organizations that have an interest in working with other organizations on proposals?
What are the data latency requirements for EVI-6?
Does the Open Source Science Policy include ITAR and EAR information and/or proprietary engineering information?
What are the TRL requirements for an EVI-6 instrument?
Can you comment on the tradeoff between technological risk and innovation for EVI-6?
Is it better to propose an EVI Instrument or CubeSat that can achieve many objectives or one that can achieve more specific objectives?
Does the one-third limitation for international contributions apply to access to space?
Could the optional NOAA Operational Enhancement Opportunity (OEO) include hardware development?
Will NASA adjust the EVI-6 PIMMC cap to account for potentially higher inflation rates in the future?
Although Requirement TBD-31 specifies the content of the data plan, there is no indication of when the "schedule-based end-to-end data plan" is due. Is this data plan part of the proposal?
Draft EVI-6 PEA Requirement TBD-32, Item 1 requires proposals to create "an open source development plan and commit to open sourcing algorithms early in the project." Please define "early in the project" with respect to a project milestone.
Draft EVI-6 PEA Requirement TBD-32, Item 4 requires investigations to adhere to ..."open data requirements." Where are the open data requirements and principles specified?
Since the proposal structure has been significantly revised from EVI-5, can NASA provide an "EVI-6 Proposal Structure and Page Limits" table in the final EVI-6 PEA?
For the NASA Science Enhancement Option (SEO), are there priorities between activities involving other federal agencies at national and international level versus those at local, state, and regional levels (e.g., tribes, Hispanic community, state, and private sector)?
For NOAA-related SEO activities, how can they be separated from NOAA OEO activities?
Would NASA consider augmenting the number of pages for various sections of the proposal?
Can a green-card holder be a PI? Can a green-card holder be a deputy PI?
EVI-6 Community Announcement Q&As
Will NASA consider selecting a mission with similar science goals from another mission with a different measurement approach?
Are investigations proposing instruments in the Class C Payload Risk Classification (e.g., ~$108M Cost Cap in EVI-5) being solicited for EVI-6?
Is the $37M FY 2024 EVI-6 Cost Cap for all the investigation Phases A-F including science analysis and publications?
Why is the EVI-6 cost cap of $37M much lower than the $108M for EVI-5?
Will the NOAA-furnished Operational Enhancement Opportunity (OEO) component include funding, or will it be in-kind (e.g., infrastructure accommodation, ride share, etc.)?
Will EVI-6 permit proposals for Partner Missions of Opportunity (PMO) as defined in the SALMON-3 AO?
The Community Announcement (CA) states that the Final EVI-6 PEA has a target date of November 2021. Is this a No Earlier Than (NET) or a No Later Than (NLT) date?
What is the definition of a CubeSat for EVI-6?
Will alternate platforms for access to space such as secondary payloads on ESPA rings be available for EVI-6?
Given the increase in availability of 12U launchers for CubeSats, will NASA consider larger form factors than the 6U specified in EVI-5?
Would NASA consider expanding EVI-6 to include demonstration of new and innovative CubeSat approaches for continuity science?
What are the NOAA mission assurance requirements for EVI-6 hosted payloads on JPSS-4?
For EVI solicitations, is NASA going to select the instrument investigations separately and match them with the spacecraft/hosting vehicle for launch and operations?
As a NASA Center, we would like to keep the same team members from a previous solicitation. What needs to be in the proposal to use the same team members for the EVI-6 solicitation?
Given that it is the end of September, are there any updates you can share with the community about EVI-6?
Will there be a follow-up meeting to discuss the EVI-6 solicitation?
Is NASA holding any Town Hall meetings at AGU or AMS regarding the EVI-6 PEA specifically?
Will an international collaboration payload launched on a non-US launch vehicle be considered for EVI-6?
The EVI-6 Community Announcement states that "NASA also may
explore the ability of flying the selected EVI-6 instrument on the Joint Polar Satellite System - 4 (JPSS-4)". JPSS-4 is not scheduled for launch until 2032, while the JPSS-3 launch is scheduled for 2028. Should the EVI-6 Community Announcement have specified JPSS-3 rather than JPSS-4?