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Issue of the 2nd Research Announcement on the Earth Observations

About the second Research Announcement on the Earth Observations

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) / Earth Observation Research Center (EORC) now conducts the second Research Announcement on the Earth Observations (EO-RA2) for its Earth observation satellite projects. EORC calls for research proposals that should contribute to the mission objectives or mission assurances for each satellite mission, develop new applications or promote Earth science by using single or multiple JAXA Earth Observation satellites data.

The target JAXA missions of EO-RA2 are GCOM-W, GCOM-C, GPM, ALOS-2, ALOS-3, ALOS-4, MOLI, EarthCARE and AMSR3.

The research proposals for the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) and its successor (GOSAT-2) will be excluded from the scope of this EO-RA2, since the dedicated RA for these satellites has been conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment and the National Institute for Environmental Studies.

The research categories for this EO-RA2 applied to each satellite mission are shown below.

Mission Algorithm Development Standard Algorithm Calibration/validation Application Research

-:Not Applicable

Research Proposals

The details of EO-RA2 and the forms for proposals can be downloaded from the following link. Please read carefully the contents before you apply. Please access to the proposal submission web site below, and register your e-mail to obtain a proposal ID for the first step. The e-mail describing the ID and the web site URL for the second step will come soon. Then, access to the web site for the second step, input the necessary information on the proposal, and upload the PDF converted files of the proposal submission forms and the research proposal document with complete sets of attachments, such as reprints of papers. In case of any problems on this site, proposals can be also sent via E-mail to the Earth Observation RA Office. Proposers who experience difficulty in downloading the documents may contact Earth Observation RA Office for assistance.

EO-RA2 details and forms for proposals can be downloaded from the following link:

  1.  RA details
  2.  Appendix A,B,C (Instructions of the proposal formats and the details of the Research Agreements) Appendix_A-C_E.pdf
  3.  Appendix 1 – 7 (Overview of the JAXA satellite missions)
  4.  Proposal submission Forms
  5.  Notice of Amendments to the Research Agreements

Important dates for selection of proposals

Date of Issue October 17, 2018
Proposal Due Date November 30, 2018
Notification of Selection Results Early April 2019 (rescheduled, due to the approval procedures)
Start of Selected Research From April or later 2019 (after conclusion of Research Agreement)

The deadline for submitting research proposals is November 30, 2018.

Proposal Submission Web Site (Operation finished)

Research proposals and the attached documents should be submitted through the following web site. By clicking the link, the page will be linked to the dedicated site outside.

Contact Information

Earth Observation RA Office
Earth Observation Research Center (EORC)
Tsukuba Space Center
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
2-1-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8505, Japan
E-mail address:

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