Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities with the advisor serving as the principal investigator. The Heliophysics Research Program, managed by the Heliophysics Division, supports the scientific analysis of phenomena of the variable, magnetic Sun, its effects on the Earth and the other planets of the solar system, and its interaction with the interstellar medium. All phenomena in the solar interior, photosphere through the corona, and wind, planetary magnetospheres and the ionized portions of their upper atmospheres including the ionosphere, thermosphere and mesosphere are considered part of Heliophysics Research. Research enabling space weather prediction is also part of the Heliophysics portfolio.

Heliophysics utilizes remote sensing and in-situ measurements from a fleet of missions, the Heliophysics System Observatory. Frequent suborbital rockets, balloons and ground-based instruments add to the observational base. Data analysis, theory and modeling are used to acquire insight into the complex interactions of the interconnected heliophysical system.

The Heliophysics Research Program and missions are described in Chapter 4.2 of the SMD 2010 Science Plan available at link). For details about this solicitation go to link) and follow the links to Solicitations - Open Solicitations - NESSF11. The Heliophysics Division expects to support 3-5 NESSF11 awards.

Arik Posner
Heliophysics Division
Science Mission Directorate
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Washington, DC 20546
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