NASA SMD Augmentations and Funded Extensions in Response to COVID-19

July 29, 2020

*Cross-posted from NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) communication*

Expression of Interest (EOI): SMD call for Augmentations and Funded Extensions 

Solicitation Number: NNH20ZDA010L

Release Date: July 29, 2020

Response Date: August 21, 2020


Dear Colleague,

At the Virtual Community Town Hall on July 9, 2020, SMD announced that it would be accepting requests for funded extensions and augmentations to existing awards to help make up for increased costs directly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic. SMD’s priorities for funding extensions and augmentations, in the likely case that demand exceeds available funding, are in an SMD policy document, “Augmentations and Funded Extensions in Response to COVID-19.”

In order to estimate the size of this new program, SMD asks currently funded researchers who may request an extension or augmentation to submit an “Expression of Interest” (EOI) via the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES).   SMD asks that EOIs be submitted by August 21, 2020 as a Notice of Intent (NOI) in response to NNH20ZDA010L via NSPIRES.  Download the full text of the EOI and response instructions from

Non-NSPIRES submissions will not be accepted or acknowledged. SMD will not provide any feedback on a submitted Expression of Interest. An EOI submission is not required for the submission of a proposal.  An EOI’s contents do not limit the content of submissions to the “SMD Post-COVID Recovery” solicitation. NASA SMD will keep EOI contents confidential and will use responses to improve management of the augmentation and extension processes.

A forthcoming amendment adding a new program element  to the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) – 2020, solicitation NNH20ZDA001N, is expected to be entitled “SMD Post-COVID Recovery” with requests for augmentations and funded grant extensions due to be  submitted after October 1, 2020.

Thanks for your cooperation. Be well and stay safe.

Dr. Michael H. New

Deputy Associate Administrator for Research

Science Mission Directorate

National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Questions concerning general ROSES-2020 policies and procedures, including this Expression of Interest, should be emailed to and use as the subject line “SMD call for Augmentations and Funded Extensions, Solicitation: NNH20ZDA010L”.