Our Solicitations

We are focused on creating cutting edge technologies that enable future Earth science research. Over the past 20 years, we’ve funded over 800 projects led by investigators from more than 100 institutions. Our projects aim to revolutionize how scientists study Earth and sometimes make it to the Moon and other planets.

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ESTO’s primary activity is building new technologies. Through open solicitations, we fund projects that have potential for substantially advancing the needs of the Earth science community as laid out in the 2017 Earth Science Decadal Survey. Our principal investigators (PIs) design and develop new components, instruments and information systems for the next generation of science measurements.

Advanced Component Technologies (ACT)

Focus: Component Development
TRL Entry: 2-3
TRL Exit: 3-4
Average Funding (per year): $400k
Duration (years): 3
Next Open Solicitations: Q2 2022, Q2 2024

Instrument Incubator Program – Instrument Concept Demonstration (IIP-ICD)

  • Focus: Instrument Concept Demonstration
  • TRL Entry: 1-2
  • TRL Exit: 2-3
  • Average Funding (per year): $500k
  • Duration (years): 1.5
  • Next Open Solicitations: Q1 2021, Q2 2023, Q2 2025

Instrument Incubator Program – Instrument Development & Demonstration (IIP-IDD)

  • Focus: Instrument Development & Demonstration
  • TRL Entry: 2-3
  • TRL Exit: 4-5
  • Average Funding (per year): $1.5M
  • Duration (years): 3
  • Next Open Solicitations: Q1 2021, Q2 2023, Q2 2025

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Advanced Information Systems Technology – Analytic Center Frameworks (AIST-ACF)

  • Focus: Data Analysis and Modeling
  • TRL Entry: 2-4
  • TRL Exit: 5-6
  • Average Funding (per year): $650k
  • Duration (years): 2
  • Next Open Solicitations: Q3 2021, Q2 2023, Q2 2025

Advanced Information Systems Technology –New Observing Systems (AIST-NOS)

  • Focus: Space System Architecture and Management
  • TRL Entry: 2-4
  • TRL Exit: 5-6
  • Average Funding (per year): $650k
  • Duration (years): 2
  • Next Open Solicitations: Q3 2021, Q2 2023, Q2 2025

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In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies (InVEST)

Focus: Validation in Space
TRL Entry: 5-6
TRL Exit: 9
Average Funding (per year): $2M
Duration (years): 3
Next Open Solicitations: Q4 2023

InVEST-20 Solicitation now Open

Sustainable Land Imaging – Technology: Advanced Technology Demonstrations (SLI-T ATD)

  • Focus: Advanced Prototypes/Instrument Development for near-term LandSat
  • TRL Entry: 3-5
  • TRL Exit: 6+
  • Average Funding (per year): $1.4M
  • Duration (years): 5
  • Next Open Solicitations: Q2 2022, Q2 2025

Sustainable Land Imaging – Technology: Technology Investments (SLI-T TI)

  • Focus: Component/Instrument Development for future LandSat
  • TRL Entry: 2-3
  • TRL Exit: 5
  • Average Funding (per year): $300k
  • Duration (years): 3
  • Next Open Solicitations: Q2 2022, Q2 2025

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ESTO Solicitations

SolicitationLink To SolicitationLink To Award
InVEST ROSES 2020Solicitation (link)-
ACT ROSES 2020Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
SLI-T ROSES 2019Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
IIP ROSES 2019Solicitation (link)

+ 5/15 Bidder's Conference presentation (PDF)
Awarded Projects
AIST ROSES 2018Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
InVEST ROSES 2017Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
ACT ROSES 2017Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
AIST ROSES 2016Solicitation (link)

+ Preproposal Virtual Bidders' Conference
Awarded Projects
IIP ROSES 2016Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
SLI-T ROSES 2015Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
InVEST ROSES 2015Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
AIST ROSES 2014Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
ACT ROSES 2013Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
IIP ROSES 2013Solicitation (link)

Preproposal Bidders' Conference Q&A (PDF)
Awarded Projects
InVEST ROSES 2012Solicitation (250 K PDF)Awarded Projects
AITT ROSES 2012Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
Space Validation RFISolicitation (link)[not applicable]
AIST ROSES 2011Solicitation (135 K PDF)Awarded Projects
ACT ROSES 2010Solicitation (90 K PDF)Awarded Projects
IIP ROSES 2010Solicitation (144 K PDFAwarded Projects
AITT ROSES 2009Solicitation (link)Awarded Projects
AIST ROSES 2008Solicitation (112 K PDF)Awarded Projects
ACT ROSES 2008Solicitation (100 K PDF)Awarded Projects
IIP ROSES 2007Solicitation (156 K PDF)Awarded Projects
AIST ROSES 2005Solicitation (432 K PDF)Awarded Projects
ACT ROSES 2005Solicitation (168 K PDF)Awarded Projects
IIP NRA 2004Solicitation (820 K PDF)Awarded Projects
AIST Master NRA 2004Solicitation (177 K PDF)
Mini-Solicitation NNG04ZY4001N (51 K PDF)
[not applicable]
Awarded Projects
ACT NRA 2002Solicitation (176 K PDF)Awarded Projects
AIST NRA 2002Solicitation (998 K PDF)Awarded Projects
IIP NRA 2002Solicitation (282 K PDF)Awarded Projects
IIP NRA 2001Solicitation (940 K PDF)Awarded Projects
AIST NRA 1999Solicitation (227 K PDF)Awarded Projects
ATI NRA 1999Solicitation (160 K PDF)Awarded Projects
IIP NRA 1998Solicitation (166 K PDF)Awarded Projects