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Science Office for Mission Assessments - SOMA

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The Science Mission Directorate (SMD) and Science Support Office (now SOMA) accomplished an extensive review of the AO process in 2008 with the goal of simplifying and standardizing the AO format for future full mission solicitations. This review was led by the SMD Chief Scientist and included members from the proposal community at large and also experienced evaluation team members.
The result of this process was the Standard AO Template, which has been incrementally updated since the initial version to reflect current practices and policies. The Standard AO Template was initially used to develop the New Frontiers 2009 AO, and it was subsequently adapted for application to instrument solicitations and used to develop the Solar Probe Plus AO. SMD plans to continue using the Standard AO Template for future full mission and instrument solicitations.