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David E. Steitz
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1730)
July 2, 2003
RELEASE : 03-227
NASA Selects 41 Cooperative Agreement Proposals
NASA has selected 41 proposals in response to the "Research, Education, and Applications Solutions Network," a cooperative agreement notice known as "REASoN."

The selected proposals will expedite the use of NASA Earth Science observational measurements, models and systems engineering capabilities. REASoN ensures scientists studying Earth System Science have access to the most accurate and complete key geophysical observation records. Solutions that serve society will emerge from the selected proposals to help us understand and protect our home planet, while inspiring our next generation of explorers.

"As NASA increases our efforts in the area of Earth System Science, it is vital we pursue new, innovative methods for making these tools available to the widest possible audience," said Dr. Ghassem Asrar, Associate Administrator, Office of Earth Sciences, NASA Headquarters, Washington. "The research, applications and education elements of the Earth Science community share interests and requirements that can be best met through cooperative efforts that can generate, access and distribute data, information and knowledge," he said.

"These projects will unite previously disparate activities and programs under a cohesive management approach, taking full advantage of public and private resources and partnerships to derive maximum benefit for the public good, and are consistent with the President’s initiative on competitive sourcing," Asrar said.

NASA is generating Earth System data of unprecedented quality and quantity, developing data processing and modeling capabilities to transform the data into products and information, forming new knowledge of our home planet. The activities support science findings and applications directed toward understanding and predicting the Earth's future.

NASA Earth Science data, data products and data processing algorithms are stored in archives at centers across the United States and linked by the Internet for data access and distribution. Capabilities developed by NASA complement capabilities in the commercial sector to acquire and distribute Earth observation data and information products using the Internet as the medium of choice by public and private sector organizations and the general public for access to, and delivery of, digital information.

NASA received 258 proposals in response to the notice. Funding availability limited the selection to 41 proposals. All proposals went through a peer-review process and were selected based on highest merit. NASA has committed $96 million to support selected proposals. The selected proposals come from 17 states.

A complete listing of selected proposals is available on the Internet at:

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