SOFIA Archival Research Program

January 8, 2021 Update: The CfP has been updated to clarify that a simple budget is required also for Small Proposals.

On December 4, 2020, the SOFIA program released a Call for Proposals for the SOFIA Archival Research Program (SARP). This program will fund archival research projects primarily using SOFIA data to encourage the use of available SOFIA archival data and to realize the full potential of the SOFIA data archive. This call provides specific information for the structure and submission requirements for SARPs, which differ from the regular Guest Observer proposals (e.g., explicit budgets are required for SARP proposals). General information regarding the SOFIA project, its instruments and the proposal process can be found on the Proposal Documents page.

The SARP Call is open to all US institutions. This complements the Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP) under the NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) solicitation. A Call for Proposals update will be issued on January 5, 2021. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 12, 2021, 21:00 PST (February 13, 2021, 5:00 UTC). The performance period is May 1, 2021 – April 30, 2023.

The purpose of the SOFIA Archival Research Program is to encourage the use of SOFIA archival observations for impactful science. Such projects are funded for a duration of up to two years, with the possibility of a no-cost extension (NCE). In addition to support for the scientific analysis of archival data, these programs may request support for the development of new tools for theory or for laboratory efforts (excluding laboratory equipment) that directly support the science goal of the SARP. Only proposers with a U.S. affiliation will be eligible for funding.

The SARP will consider two distinct types of proposals. The Regular Proposals are larger programs funded at up to $150,000 per year, or more in exceptional cases. Regular Proposals may request funds for up to two years. The Small Proposals are smaller, targeted programs funded at up to $50,000. Small Proposals may request funds for up to one year. Early career researchers, including graduate students and postdocs, are encouraged to apply to this call. If early career researchers are not permitted by their institution to hold grants, a faculty member at the same institute should be designated as the 'US Lead Investigator' in USPOT.

New Policies

  • This call continues the SOFIA Archival Research Program (SARP) introduced in Cycle 8.
  • Two distinct types of proposals for the archival research program are solicited in this round: Regular Proposals requesting up to $150,000 per year, or more in exceptional cases, and lasting up to two years and Small Proposals requesting up to $50,000 and lasting for one year.
  • SOFIA is implementing dual-anonymous review by removing the names of PIs and co-Is from the proposals prior to presentation to the review panels. Proposers should thus avoid referring to PIs and co-Is by name in the proposal body and should ensure that the biography section and budget are uploaded as a separate PDF. Additional information on the Dual Anonymous Review procedures is available here.

Accessing SOFIA Archival Data

SOFIA’s scientific data archive can be found at the Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), which is hosted by the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC). SOFIA data from Guest Observer programs past the proprietary period, Director’s Discretionary Time observations, and Legacy Programs are searchable through the IRSA SOFIA Archive. Instructions for downloading SOFIA archival data, as well as documents relating to data products and data tools, can be found on the Science Archive page. Selected examples of SOFIA archival data sets can be found on the Selected Highlights of the Data Archive page.

Important Documents

Call for Proposals
USPOT Manual
Budget Template

Help with Submitting Proposals

Proposals are to be submitted through the USPOT tool. Please always use the latest version. SOFIA's HelpDesk is open to answer any question and inquiry from the community: sofia_help@sofia.usra.edu. Information about the Dual Anonymous Review can be found here.

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