The C.26 Mars 2020 Participating Scientist Program is to enhance the scientific return from the mission by broadening participation, augmenting the existing Mars 2020 science team to include new investigations that broaden and/or complement the funded Principal Investigator-led investigations, thus maximizing the contribution of Mars 2020 to the future exploration and scientific understanding of Mars. The second goal of this opportunity is to increase the number of scientists supporting daily mission operations.

The timing of this solicitation is designed to permit selection and training of participating scientists (PSs) in time to contribute fully to both pre-landing activities such as landing site analysis and science operations immediately upon arrival at Mars. Selected participating scientists will become members of the Mars 2020 science team and be required to fulfill responsibilities similar to those of current science team members.

A Notice of Intent (NOI) is mandatory for all proposers. NOIs are due January 13, 2020, and proposals are due March 12, 2020.

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Questions concerning this program element may be directed to Mitchell Schulte at