Study Program Frequently Asked Questions

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Solicitation Release Date: 02 October 2015
Proposal Concepts Due (Required): 06 November 2015 (noon)
Proposals Due : 22 December 2015 (noon)

Can foreign nationals be included as core-participants in KISS workshops?
Yes - we welcome the best talent globally available.

When I submit my proposal concept, do my 18 core participants all have to finalized?
No. This list of core participants only needs to be finalized when you submit the full proposal. It is helpful, however, to submit as best a list as possible so that the KISS Steering Committee can give you the best feedback possible on the concept itself.

When will I get notified that my proposal concept got the green light and to go ahead and submit a full proposal?
KISS doesn't have a go/no-go policy for the study program call. We use the one-page proposal concepts to get an idea of what proposals are coming into the Institute.

How long can the proposal be?
The proposal itself can be 5 pages long, and there are some required appendices that have no page limit.

How many core-participants can be included in the proposal?
We will only accept letters of commitment from 18 core-participants. You are welcome to list additional people you would like to suggest as core-participants, but only the top 18 listed will be guaranteed a spot in the study should it be selected.

Are the three Co-Leads included in the limit of 18 core participants we may propose?

Are letters of commitment from core participants in email format acceptable?
Yes. Concatenate all of the letters (regardless of format) and incorporate that into the required proposal appendix.

Are students considered core participants?
Students are generally not considered core participants, and they will not be counted against your limit of core-participants. Students may be nominated (by core-participants) to attend the study. This occurs during the registration process for the study, after the study has been selected for funding.

Is there a limit to the number of Distinguished Visiting Scholars our program may propose?
Yes, you may only nominate one person as the Distinguished Visiting Scholar. They should not know that they are being nominated. This person must be of sufficient stature that they would be recognized throughout their discipline as a leader in their field. Please make sure to fill out the additional appendix as outlined in the solicitation.

I am a JPL co-lead, and I understand that KISS cannot provide $ to JPL to participate in the study. How do we go about getting funding to attend the workshop and participate during the study program?
Please contact the Office of the Chief Scientist and Chief Technologist at JPL (Kathy Dumas) for their process on how to secure JPL support for a study.

Is an external co-Lead absolutely required?

Does KISS pay for all external visitors to travel to and from the Institute for workshops?
No. We have limited travel funds for attendees, this includes professionals as well as students, so we can partially support travel for the few who need it. Preference is given to students, postdocs, young faculty, and young researchers. Those who cost-share with KISS are also given preference.

Does KISS pay labor for external visitors who are core workshop participants?


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Professor Bethany Ehlmann of Caltech leads a discussion on Near Earth Objects at an August 2014 workshop.

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