because it is not practical to extend the due date for E.3 Exoplanets Research, instead the Step-1 proposal has been converted to a Mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI). An NOI can be submitted by the PI, which streamlines the submission process. NOIs are due on the original Step-1 due date of March 27, 2020. Proposers who have already submitted a Step-1 proposal need not take any additional action. Proposers who have a Step-1 proposal in process may still submit the Step-1 by the due date or may submit an NOI instead. Note that any Step-1 proposal submitted between the date of this amendment and the due date will be marked as late by NSPIRES, but please ignore that; as long as it is submitted by the due date, it will be considered on time.
The Exoplanets Research Program (XRP) element solicits basic research proposals to conduct scientific investigations focused on exoplanets and exoplanetary systems. Broad objectives of this program include, but are not limited to: the detection and characterization of exoplanetary systems; characterization of individual exoplanets, through their composition, dynamics, energetics, chemical behavior, etc.; and the origins of exoplanets.