Cassini-Huygens Participating Scientists Research Announcement 2012
21 Mar 2012The scientific community is invited to respond to the current Research Announcement to submit proposals for Participating Scientists to the Cassini-Huygens mission. This Research Announcement is published jointly by ESA, NASA and ASI. The deadline for submission of proposals is 4 May 2012.
Given the long time that has elapsed since the original appointment of the Principal Investigator teams on the Cassini-Huygens mission in 1990, it was felt desirable, to foster the continuing science output from the mission in its new Solstice phase. To this end, a new possibility for broader participation to the mission from the wide scientific community was defined, i.e. the "Participating Scientists", with a first Research Announcement released in April 2011.
The proposal submission for this current, second, Research Announcement for Cassini-Huygens Participating Scientists is centralized at NASA and the evaluation and selection will be done jointly by NASA, ESA, and ASI.
Proposers interested in becoming a Participating Scientist should propose a science investigation that addresses one or more of the Cassini science objectives listed in the Research Announcement. These investigations can either be instrument-specific or multidisciplinary.
European proposals are encouraged and should include a letter of commitment covering the financial support for both the investigation and the Participating Scientist duties. Proposals from non-US institutions do not require to be preceded by a matching "step-1 proposal".
Details regarding the Cassini-Huygens mission as well as the Participating Scientist role and the allowed scientific investigations can be found in the Research Announcement, available at the URL below (which is also linked from the right-hand menu).
The Research Announcement closes on 4 May 2012. The Proposals for Participating Scientist to the Cassini-Huygens mission should be prepared in accordance with the information provided at:
and should be submitted electronically through the above website with a copy to the relevant funding institution.