NASA’s Living With a Star (LWS) program has an annual call for proposals for the Targeted Research and Technology (TR&T) element. The word “targeted” is important and the call changes every year, based on the recommendations of the TR&T Steering Committee. That committee bases their recommendations in large part on input from the research community. The deadline is coming up: April 26th.
Alexa Halford, a member of the LWS TR&T Steering Committee, has written a guest blog post for soliciting input, based on her longer post at her blog:
Urgent! New LWS TR&T research topic proposals (and comments upon them) are due April 26th 2016!
The LWS TR&T advisory committee actively seeks more community involvement. If you think your ideas will be ignored because you are “just” a young scientist, that it will take too long to write them down, or that we won’t listen because your voice hasn’t been heard in the past, then PLEASE think again. Your voice will be heard!
This year the process will be a bit different. During Stage 1 (now), we are asking for community input by April 26th 2016. Something/anything is better than nothing. If you don’t have time to write your own topic, then please comment on the topics proposed by others.
Now that you’ve decided to become involved, 1) Go here. 2) Type your name, but don’t worry, it won’t appear on the web with your topic. 3) Select the LWS strategic science area (SSA) to be addressed. 4) Select possible types of investigations. 5) Create a title. 6) Describe the topic; it can be as long or as short as you like. 7) List potential impacts to the SSA goals. 8) State why it’s timely 9) State what knowledge gaps this fills. 10) Submit. Congratulations! You are done.
As a new feature this year, you can view and moderated comment on the proposed topics. Comments can range from “Like” or “:-)” for minimal effort to extended edits on proposed topics. Comments will be anonymous, just like the proposed topics.
Stage 2 – After the deadline, the committee will meet to collate the suggestions and comments. We will work with the material that you have sent in. So please be sure to tell us how incredibly cool and important your topic ideas are, how essential it is that they be studied now without any delay, and how vital they are to the rest of our discipline.
Stage 3 – The goal is to have Stage 2 done prior to the summer conferences so that we can present them, get comments from you, and revise the drafts.
Stage 4 – The LWS TR&T committee will get back together to finalize our report.
If you have ideas on how to improve this process or questions about the process, let us know.