Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP)
The ROSES 2024 Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP) Appendix C.9
Notice: Proposals to this program will be evaluated using a dual-anonymous review process. Both Step-1 and Step-2 proposals must be anonymous. See preparation guidelines in Appendix C.9, Section 3.2 and in the associated "Guidelines for Anonymous Proposals" document under "Other Documents" on the NSPIRES page for this program element.
MDAP continues to solicit proposals via a two-step proposal submission process described in Section 2 of C.1 The Planetary Science Division Research Program Overview.
Mandatory Step-1 proposals are due September 12, 2024, and Step-2 proposals are due November 14, 2024.
Proposals to MDAP are subject to a relevance requirement in addition to and that supersedes those detailed in the ROSES Summary of Solicitation, see Appendix C.9, Section 2.3 for information. Proposals that do not fulfill this requirement may be returned without review.
Proposers are strongly advised to read Appendix C.1 in its entirety to help ensure that they have all the necessary information to be compliant with their proposal submission.
The objective of the Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP) is to enhance the scientific return from missions to Mars conducted by NASA and other space agencies. These include, but are not limited to, the following missions: Mars Pathfinder (MPF), Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), Mars Odyssey (MO), Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Mars Express (MEX), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), Phoenix (PHX), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN), ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), InSight, Emirates Mars Mission (EMM), and Mars 2020 (the Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter).
Any proposal may incorporate the investigation of data from more than one mission. MDAP broadens scientific participation in the analysis of mission data sets and funds high-priority areas of research that support planning for future Mars missions. MDAP supports scientific investigations of Mars using publicly available (released) data.
Critical Dates
Step 1 Proposal Due Date Data Included in PDS by Step 2 Proposal Due Date
09/12/24 10/15/24 11/14/24
Information about Mars missions, as well as references containing preliminary science results, can be found on the Mars Exploration Program (MEP) homepage.
Mission data are available from the Planetary Data System (PDS).
Data Available at PPI
Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) EUV, LPW, MAG, NGIMS, SEP, SWEA, SWIA, STATIC
Mars Global Surveyor(MGS) MAG, ER, RSS
Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) RAD
2001 Mars Odyssey (ODY) MARIE
InSight IFG, MAG
Other Data Within PDS
The following Discipline Nodes also have Mars information pages:
Atmospheres Node
Cartography and Imaging Sciences Node
Geosciences Node
Ancillary data (SPICE files) for Mars can be obtained from the NAIF Node
For proposals that contain mission data analysis, planetary spacecraft mission data to be used in proposed investigations must be available in the Planetary Data System (PDS) or equivalent publicly accessible archive at least 30 days prior to the Step-2 proposal submission date. Spacecraft data that have not been placed in the public domain may not be proposed for use in MDAP investigations. The calendar of record for data released in the PDS is the PDS Data Release Calendar
Proposals submitted to this program element must include an Open Science and Data Management Plan (OSDMP). See Section 3.7 of C.1 Planetary Science Research Program Overviewfor information on content. The OSDMP must be placed in a special section, not to exceed two pages in length, immediately following the References and Citations section for the Scientific/Technical/Management portion of the proposal. The sufficiency of the OSDMP will be evaluated as part of Merit. This section of the proposal must be anonymized. In cases where a letter of support from the Planetary Data System is required, that letter must be included in the separate "Expertise and Resources Not Anonymized" document as outlined in the "Guidelines for AnonymousProposals" instructions.
This program element uses a two-step proposal submission process described in program element C.1, Section 2. Both Step-1 and Step-2 proposals must be written in an anonymized format. Step-2 Proposals to this program element must specifically address the relevance of the proposed work to this program element. This requirement supersedes the NASA Proposerís Guide and the ROSES Summary of Solicitation, and the omission of this section is sufficient reason for a proposal to be returned without review.
Proposals submitted to this program will be evaluated using a dual-anonymous peer review (DAPR) process. In the DAPR process, proposers are unaware of the identity of the reviewers and the reviewers are not told the identity of the proposers until after the evaluation of the anonymized proposal. The objective of dual-anonymous peer review is to minimize bias in the evaluation of the merit of a proposal. See Section 3.13 of C.1 Planetary Science Research Program Overview and the instructions in the "Guidelines for Anonymous Proposals" document for additional submission instructions.