Who knew that NASA was interested in food security and agriculture? I certainly didn’t. But I was recently sent this request for proposals. No, they are not looking to grow food on spaceships or Mars.
But they are looking to use space technology to
ROSES-16 Amendment 53: Release of New Program Element A.51 Food Security and Agriculture.
NASA solicits proposals to enable and advance uses of Earth observations by domestic and international organizations to benefit food security and agriculture. Global food security represents a major societal challenge for the coming decades, and NASA recognizes that space-based Earth observations can provide key information to support the functioning and resilience of food systems.
NASA encourages that proposals involve a multisectoral, transdisciplinary team of organizations as a consortium to manage a program of activities to achieve the objectives. The scope includes applications development, user characterization and engagement, innovative communications work, and impact assessments as part of the activities.
The solicitation includes two elements: International Food Security and Domestic Agriculture. Key objectives include:
- Advance use of Earth observations for enhanced food security and improved agricultural practices, especially for humanitarian pursuits, economic progress, resilience, and sustainability;
- Increase the adoption of Earth observations applications and broaden the suite of organizations routinely using them to inform decisions and actions;
- Expand the number of applications developed, tested, and (if successful) adopted across sectors, decision types, and other meaningful factors;
- Advance understanding of effective ways – both technically and programmatically – to enable sustained applications of Earth observations;
- Enhance awareness within food security and agricultural communities of upcoming Earth observing satellite missions and encourage the community development of new applications;
- Advance impact assessment techniques quantifying the benefits of Earth observations, increasing the number of examples and case studies across sectors and decision types;
- Identify opportunities and topics for possible future investigations;
- Advance communication of the benefits of Earth science and observations.
Notices of Intent to propose are requested by February 17, 2017, and proposals are due April 7, 2017.
Information about a preproposal conference from 2:30-4:00 pm eastern time on February 24, 2017, and later a Frequently Asked Questions document, will be posted on the NSPIRES web page for A.51 Earth Science Applications: Food Security and Agriculture.
Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Brad Doorn at Bradley.Doorn@nasa.gov with “ROSES FS & Ag Inquiry” in the subject line or by contacting him via information listed in the summary table of key information.
Wouldn’t this be fun and fascinating to work on? I’d love to!