NASA Planetary Science Early Career Award

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About the program

The aim of this program is to support research and professional development of outstanding early career scientists, and to help stimulate research careers in areas supported by the Planetary Sciences Division. The support of this program will allow promising individuals to play an increasing and meaningful role in the planetary science community.


To be eligible to propose to the ECA program in ROSES-2019, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • The applicant must be the Principal Investigator (PI), or a co-investigator designated as the Science-PI, on an award (referred to below as the "parent award") from a participating program element solicited in ROSES-2017 or ROSES-2018 (see Table 1 of this program element, below). See Section 5.1 (role of PIs and Science-PIs) and Section 2.1 (ECA-participating programs) for more information.
  • The applicant must have received their Ph.D. (or equivalent degree) no earlier than January 1, 2009. See Section 5.2 for more information on this time criterion.
  • The applicant must be affiliated with a U.S. institution.
  • The parent award cannot previously have been used as the basis for a proposal to the ECA program.
  • The applicant may only submit one proposal to the ECA program per ROSES year.
  • The applicant cannot be the recipient of a previous ECA or of NASA Early Career Fellowship funds

Award amount and award period

Up to $200,000. Early Career Award funds must be used within five years of the start of the award.

Application deadline

December 2, 2019.

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Last updated: August 1, 2019.