Astrobiology and Planetary Instrumentation Exobiology, Astrobiology,Planetary Instrument Definition, Planetary Instrument Upgrade, PlanetaryProtection Astrophysics

Infrared/Radio/Interferometry Astronomy; UV/Visible Astrophysics;Space Astrophysics Detectors, Astrophysics Suborbital research

High Energy Astrophysics X-Ray, Gamma-Ray, Cosmic Ray, and GravitationalAstrophysics (incl. instrumentation, laboratory and suborbital research)

Information Systems Applied Information System Research

Review Process

In order to ensure that the SR&T program is making the most effective possible contribution to ourgoals, OSS will convene a series of reviews, called the “SR&T SeniorReviews,” the first of which will be held in June or July 2001. Furtherreviews will follow at three-year intervals. At the review, reportson each cluster will be presented that describe the content of thecluster, its relevance to the goals in the most recent Space ScienceEnterprise Strategic Plan, highlights of a few recent significantaccomplishments, and previews of ongoing efforts. These reports willbe reviewed by a panel consisting of active researchers with recentresearch efforts in two or more of the science clusters, who willhave been selected for their breadth and impartiality, rather thanas advocates for any specific SR&T cluster. Panel members will beasked to address three questions: (1) is the current science clusterstructure optimal for attaining the long-term strategic goals ofthe Space Science? Are cross-disciplinary research areas adequatelyaccessible? (2) what is the science quality and productivity of eachscience cluster, and to what degree does each cluster support orenable the strategic goals and objectives of the Space Science Enterprise?,and (3) judging by the priorities in the strategic plan, is the currentfunding distribution across the nine science cluster the optimumone, or would the review panel recommend changes? OSS will take therecommendations of the Senior Review panel into account in determiningthe changes, if any, to be made in the SR&T program structure, andin formulating budget plans for the SR&T programs for Fiscal Year2002 and beyond. Using a combination of the usual annual reviewsof a portion of each program element, and this new triennial reviewof the overall SR&T program, OSS expects to maintain a productiveSR&T program that is at the same time clearly focused on and responsiveto the strategic goals and objectives of the Space Science Enterprise.

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