Washington, D.C. — The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announces a Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) soliciting research proposals to conduct scientific investigations to increase the interoperability and performance of Grand Challenge applications in the Earth, space, life and microgravity sciences. This NASA CAN is a joint solicitation by the Office of Earth Science and the Office of Space Science for the purpose of identifying partners for approximately 8-10 cooperative agreements to develop scientific Grand Challenge Investigations. Technical coordination of this solicitation is provided by the High Performance Computing and Communciations (HPCC) Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) Project.
The goal for selecting Investigations is to enable the science community to make production-ready high-performance computational applications that model, analyze, or interpret Earth, space, life, and microgravity science observational data. Successful Investigations are expected to develop a significant high-end computing application using accepted software engineering practices that: 1) addresses a significant element of one of the Earth, space, life, or microgravity sciences associated with the NASA Enterprises’ Strategic Plans, and 2) incorporates the use of NASA data to understand Earth, space, life, or microgravity science phenomena.
Proposed Investigations should incorporate established software engineering methods to: 1) foster reusability among software components and portability among high-end computing architectures, 2) reduce the time required to develop and modify application codes for research and production, 3)structure systems for better management of evolving codes, and 4) enable software exchange and interoperation between major research centers. Proposals are due November 20. Letters of Intent are due October 18.