Study Program Guidelines

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

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) is soliciting proposals for Study Programs to be carried out during the 2016 calendar year. We intend to select and support 4-5 Study Programs for the 2016 calendar year. Download full details.

Study program proposals are solicited in the areas of space engineering, planetary science, remote sensing and earth system science, astrobiology, and astronomy and physics from space.

The goal of the Keck Institute is to develop ideas and concepts that have the potential to revolutionize future space missions.  The Institute will do this by convening study programs and workshops that bring together the best engineers and scientists from JPL and Campus along with leading scientists and engineers from the external research community.

The Keck Institute is looking for approaches that would not happen without KISS sponsorship. We are looking for technically oriented studies that significantly advance a field.  Proposals for incremental advances will not be funded. We are interested in bringing people together in new ways on in-depth collaborations that will pursue new scientific and technical directions.

Your proposal concept should include:

  • 2-page Proposal Concept (see template below): submitted as a pdf

NOTE: This proposal concept process does not have a go/no-go decision associated with it as many JPL proposal concept phases do. Do not wait to receive a "go-ahead" before continuing work on your proposal. The proposal concepts merely allow the KISS steering committee to understand the breadth of the proposals coming in, and to help proposal teams develop the best proposals possible.

Your final proposal should include:

  • 5-page Proposal with required appendices (see template below): submitted as a pdf
  • Please note: Letters of committment from the 18 participants must be included in the proposal.


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Dave Stevenson of Caltech leads a discussion on Venus Seismology at a workshop in June 2014.

Image of Dave Stevenson

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