This program element continues to use a two-step proposal submission process described in Section 2 of C.1 The Planetary Science Division Research Program Overview. Step 1 proposals are due May 10, 2018. Step 2 proposals are due July 12, 2018.

The Planetary Data Archiving, Restoration, and Tools (PDART) program solicits proposals to generate higher-order data products, archive and restore data sets or products, create or consolidate reference databases, generate new reference information, digitize data, and develop or validate software tools.

The objective of this program element is to increase the amount and quality of digital information and data products available for planetary science research and exploration, and to produce tools that would enable or enhance future scientific investigations. Although it is expected that a small amount of data analysis, interpretation, or modeling may be performed to validate any generated products, this program element does not accept proposals in which the main focus is hypothesis-based science.

For all types of proposals, the products of selected proposals must be made available to the scientific community. Data products must be archived in the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS) or an equivalent archive (see Section 2.2 for a definition of an equivalent archive). All proposals will be evaluated on the perceived impact of the new products, datasets, or tools on future planetary science research and exploration.

Proposers to this program element will not provide a data management plan via the NSPIRES cover pages or as a two-page addendum. Instead, that is superseded by instructions in the sections below that place more detailed descriptions into the body of the Scientific/Technical/Management section of proposals.