At intervals, NASA selects funded proposals for
the Kepler Participating Scientists Program (PSP). The Kepler PSP
is designed to augment the skill set of the Kepler Science Team,
thereby enabling it to more effectively execute the science
program of the mission. Participating Scientists serve as members
of the Kepler Science Team and participate in Science Team
activities, such as data processing and analysis, transit
candidate follow-up and characterization, and publication.
The latest deadline for Cycle 3 Participating Scientist proposals was
Mar 1, 2013. Proposal instructions and element details are provided in
NASA Research Announcement NNH12ZDA001N-KPS. Proposals were evaluated in Spring
2013, with a nominal start date of 1 October 2013, contingent on funding.
1. Scope of Participating Science
The Kepler Participating Scientist Program (PSP) is designed to fund community investigations that advance the goals of the Kepler Mission during its extended phase. Participating Scientists may pursue data processing and analysis tasks, exoplanet candidate follow-up observations, completeness and reliability studies, characterization of the stellar target sample, etc.
The abstracts for successful Cycle 1 PSP proposals are available
here, abstracts for successful Cycle 2 PSP proposals are available
here, and abstracts for successful Cycle 3 PSP proposals are available
The Kepler PSP is complementary to, but distinct from, the Kepler Guest Observer
(GO) program. The Kepler GO program offers the opportunity for members of the scientific
community to select targets of general astrophysical interest in the Kepler field-of-view
(both stellar and non-stellar), in pursuit of investigations that fall outside of the scope
of the Kepler Science Team.
3. Period of Performance
Proposers should provide budgets and justification for participation in the Kepler
mission with a period of performance beginning on October 1, 2013. This start date is
contingent on funding availability. It is expected that investigators will propose for
three years of PSP support running through October 1, 2016. It is anticipated that the annual budget for the
PSP will be approximately $1.0M, sufficient to support the selection of 7-10 Participating