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Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST)

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Academic Level:
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) invites proposals for graduate student research via the "Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology" (FINESST) program element in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research Announcement (NRA), Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES). FINESST replaced the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships (NESSF) in 2018. The FINESST solicitation and awards have the following properties, consistent with normal grants under 2 CFR 200:

1. Project proposals may request up to a three year period of performance (POP). POP changes, including no cost extensions, will follow normal NASA grant procedures.

2. Continuation of FINESST awards beyond the first year will require the submission of a progress report via NSPIRES rather that the submission of a 'renewal proposal' as was required by NESSF.

3. FINESST proposal costs will be limited to those allowable under 2 CFR 200.75 - Participant support costs (e.g., stipends) and, in general, NASA does not permit indirect costs to be requested or recovered on Participant support costs.

The participating graduate student is a "Future Investigator" (FI) and no longer a "Fellow". FINESST grants are for student-designed research projects that contribute to SMD’s science, technology, and exploration goals. As with other SMD proposals, FINESST proposals will be reviewed for 1) intrinsic merit and 2) relevance to NASA. Send questions by email to:
portable funding

Participating Institution(s):
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NASA (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics
General Earth & Agriculture Sciences

Earth System Science
Planetary Science
Space Sciences

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This program is funded by:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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