Date sent: Thu, 15 May 1997 07:52:57 +1200 (NZST)
From: Joel Schiff <>
Subject: NEO Research Grants


Announcement of Guidelines for Near-Earth Object
Grant Program


The Planetary Society announces a Near-Earth Object (NEO) Grant Program
which seeks to encourage the discovery and exploration of NEOs by supporting
observation projects and related research around the world. The Society
intends these grants to accelerate the NEO discovery rate, to improve and
increase observations, and to encourage international cooperation in this field.


The Planetary Society invites applications in one or more of the following

1. NEO Observational Programs. Projects in this category could
include discovery programs and those projects that might increase the rate
of discovery. For example, an observation program by an amateur or at a
small observatory could provide follow-up to discoveries, and thereby free
observers at larger telescopes for more discovery work. Such a program
would qualify for a Planetary Society grant.

2. NEO Research Programs. The category will include all those fields
relating to understanding NEOs and their roles in the evolution of Earth and
the solar system. Spectroscopy measurements and analysis would be an example
of a project in this category.

3. International Collaboration in NEO Observations. Projects in this
category include those that develop international collaboration through
cooperative research, or those that enable amateurs and researchers at
smaller observatories to participate in NEO observations and data analysis.


The selection committee will consider how a project enables discoveries,
advances knowledge, and/or enhances international scientific collaboration.
Projects will also be judged on their feasibility, creativity, originality,
significance and likelihood of completion.

The committee will give special consideration to "seed" grants -- where a
little help now can generate high leverage for future work. Amateurs and
scientists and observers from developing countries will be given special


The average grant will be $5,000 to $10,000, although the selection
committee will consider a range from $1,000 to $25,000, depending on need
and expected results. The amount available is made possible by the donations
of Planetary Society members.


Anyone anywhere may submit an application for a Planetary Society Near-Earth
Object grant. We will accept only one application per individual or group.

An application submitted on behalf of a group must clearly indicate the
person acting as the group's representative or principal investigator. That
person must sign the application form.

Should a group project be chosen, the grant will be presented to the group's
representative or principal investigator. The Planetary Society will have no
obligation to any other member of the group.


Applications may be submitted at anytime. To be considered, an application
must be neatly printed in English by letter, no more than three pages in
length. Supporting documentation may be submitted or referenced.

Send your application to:

NEO Grant Program
The Planetary Society
65. North Catalina Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106-2301

Applicants should send copies, not originals, of supporting documents,
figures or photographs. No applications will be returned. Supporting
materials must arrive with the application form unless prior arrangements
are made.


Grant recipients will be notified of their award as soon as a decision is
made. No other notification will be sent by The Planetary Society before
this date, except for requests by the selection committee for supplementary


The selection advisory committee for the NEO grants will be composed of
internationally renowned scientists. The final selection will be made by the
Board of Directors of The Planetary Society. The committee's procedures and
deliberations will be kept confidential.


Winners of the Planetary Society NEO grants will be published in The
Planetary Report and The NEO News. The Society reserves the right to publish
summaries of the most interesting projects in either publication. The
Society also encourages professional publications and other popular
promotion and articles, so long as proper credit is given for any support.

CONTACT: NEO Grant Program: 818-793-5100; FAX: 818-793-5528

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