3. For proposed observations, technology innovations and missions, a rough estimate of the total cost (FY10 dollars), including launch, of a proposed mission over ten years, if it can be estimated. For an “operational” mission, the costs should include one-time costs associated with building the instrument and launch and ongoing operational costs. Please describe the supporting rationale for the total mission cost estimate to understand the confidence that the mission considered could fall within the cost bins identified (i.e. small, medium or large). For proposed theory, modeling, and cross-cutting science themes, an estimated total cost, including all key phases of the proposed project.

4. A description of how the proposed concept meets one or more of the following criteria, which will be used to evaluate the candidate proposals:

a. Is identified as a high priority or requirement in previous studies or roadmaps (for example, the earlier NRC decadal survey);

b. Makes a significant contribution to more than one of the Panel themes;

c. Contributes to important scientific questions facing solar and space physics today;

d. Contributes to applications and/or policy making (operations, applications, societal benefits);

e. Complements other observational systems or programs available;

f. Is affordable (cost-benefit);

g. Has an appropriate degree of readiness (technical, resources, people);

h. Fits with other national and international plans and activities.

The description should provide enough detail that the potential value and feasibility can be evaluated by an independent group of experts. We note that the National Research Council’s ongoing Astronomy and Astrophysical Decadal Survey solicited Science White papers for their “Astro2010” activity. Examples of community input to their request can be found at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/BPA/BPA_050603.

White Paper Format Requirements

•   One-inch margins (8.5” x 11” page)

•   No more than 7 pages including figures and tables (but not including footnotes)

•   11-12 point font

Submissions to the survey, which will be posted on a public website, can be made by following instructions on the survey website (http://tinyurl.com/2b4e4sh).

For full consideration, please submit the concept paper no later than 5:00pm Friday, November 12, 2010.

Questions about the RFI may be directed to the study director, Art Charo (acharo@nas.edu, by telephone at (202) 334-3477, or by fax at (202) 334-3701), or to the survey’s Chair and Vice Chair, Dan Baker (Daniel.Baker@lasp.colorado.edu) and Thomas Zurbuchen, (thomasz@umich.edu), respectively.

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