ROSES-12 Amendment – Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Program

ROSES-12 Amendment 11: Final Text for ROSES-12 Appendix C.19, Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Program.

The Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration (MatISSE) Program supports the advanced development of spacecraft-based instruments that show promise for use in future planetary missions. The goal of the program is to develop and demonstrate planetary and astrobiology science instruments to the point where they may be proposed in response to future announcements of flight opportunity without additional extensive technology development (approximately TRL 6). The proposed instrument must address specific scientific objectives of likely future planetary science missions.

The MatISSE Program seeks proposals for development activities leading to instrument systems in support of the Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) Planetary Science Division.  The objectives of the program are to develop new technologies that significantly improve instrument measurement capabilities for planetary science missions (such as Discovery, New Frontiers, Mars Exploration, and other planetary programs). It is the responsibility of the proposer to demonstrate how their proposed technology addresses significant scientific questions relevant to stated NASA goals and not for NASA to attempt to infer this.

This amendment presents final text for Appendix C.19, which replaces the previous version in its entirety. The name of this program has been changed from Astrobiology Science and Technology for Instrument Development, as it was at the time of release of ROSES in February 2012, to the Maturation of Instruments for Solar System Exploration.

Notices of intent are requested by August 31, 2012, and proposals are due by October 31, 2012.

On or about July 30, 2012, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement “Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2012” (NNH12ZDA001N) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at and will appear on the RSS feed at:

On a related note, we regret to inform potential proposers that Appendixes C.16 and C.20, which were presented as placeholders on release of ROSES 2012 in mid-February, will not be solicited this year. However, we anticipate that they will be solicited in ROSES 2013 and draft text for Appendix C.16 is presented in ROSES 2012 as the Planetary Instrument Concepts for the Advancement of Solar System Observations (PICASSO) Program.


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