Guidelines for Proposal Preparation

The potential PI should submit the proposal in a format described in the following sections. The format for the cover page is given in Annexure - 7. The format for the detailed proposal is given in Annexure - 8.

The format for proposal includes a Declaration to be signed by the Principal Investigator and Head of the Institution.

 Instructions for Submission of Proposal

Proposals along with scanned  copy of the signed declaration to be submitted both electronically as well as through speed post  on or before the submission date indicated in the beginning of this AO.  The proposal should be limited to around 10 pages in length on standard A4 size paper, typed double-spaced and in the prescribed format. Two copies of the proposal prepared in the formats given in Annexure - 7 and Annexure - 8 should be mailed to the following address as the case may be:

Proposals related to



Shri Satadru Bhattacharya, MOM-AO Coordinator

Planetary Sciences Division, BPSG/EPSA, Space Applications Centre, Jodhpur-Tekra,Ambawadi Vistar P.O.Ahmedabad-380 015, India

Telephone  : +91 - 79 – 2691 4361;

Fax: +91 - 79 – 2691 5823;

E-mail :


Mr. M. Viswanathan,

Principal Investigator,  Lyman Alpha Photometer-MOM

Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems (LEOS)

Indian Space Research Organization

1st Cross, 1st Stage,Industrial Estate, Peenya

Bengaluru-560058, Karnataka, India.


Telephone: +91-80-28392624

 Fax          : +91-80-28390265

E-mail :



Dr. Anil Bhardwaj
Principal Investigator, MENCA-MOM
Director, Space Physics Laboratory

Vikram Sarabhai Space Research Centre,

Thiruvananthapuram P.O- 695 022, Kerala, India

Telephone: +91-471-2563663

Fax          : +91-471-2706535



Description of the Proposal

The main part of the proposal should contain a summary (briefing the objectives, methodology, expected results/deliverables of the project and the time schedule), followed by a detailed description of the objectives and the scientific rationale being addressed. The data requirement and the analysis methods should be highlighted. The methodology or approach to be followed, the expected results of the project must be presented. Targeted quarterly schedule for various stages of the project must be indicated including the completion date.

The proposers may seek clarifications if any through contact e-mail, given above.  Subject may be ‘Clarifications AO – MOM’   these clarifications to be sought at least 1 week before submission date. 

 Project Duration and deliverables

It is expected that the project will be completed within 3 years. PIs are expected to present the results in MOM-AO workshops / meetings. PIs of the project need to submit the following deliverables to the concerned PI of the payload team.

  • Project Report: 6-monthly and Annual Progress Report, Project completion report clearly highlighting the salient results.
  • Published papers in peer-reviewed journals of national/international repute.
  • Papers/Abstracts presented in national/international symposia/conferences

 Data Requirements

As described in section 6.2, the proposal should identify the data for the study. Space Applications Centre (SAC), Data Centre situated at Ahmedabad will make the MCC, TIS and MSM data available to the PIs. SPL, Thiruvananthapuram and LEOS, Bangalore will be the data centres for MENCA and LAP respectively. Only limited and available data sets fulfilling the project requirement will be supplied. The project should clearly indicate the type of data product, geographical area on Mars and period of coverage. The data coverage acquired by MCC payload as on April 20, 2015 is shown in Figure 1.

Fig 1: Red boxes show availability of MOM-MCC data till April 2015 on the surface of Mars. TIS and MSM data is also nominally available around same regions. Red dots show centre of Global data disc acquired by MCC. 


The project may involve joint efforts involving many individuals from the concerned institution(s). However, only one PI will be recognized. Other participants could be designated as "Co- Investigators" or coPIs. PI/Co-Investigator shall provide Curriculum Vitae referring to educational qualifications, the work carried out in the related areas and list of recent publications. The PI is responsible for ensuring timely completion of the project. The assurance of necessary administrative and financial spending support to PI and Co-Investigators from Head of the Institution(s) is a must.

Facilities and Equipment

Describe available computer facilities, softwares and other equipments in the home institution or in sister concerns and is accessible for the project.

Project Evaluation

It is proposed that a workshop will be conducted every year for the purpose of reviewing the progress of the AO projects and sharing the results with Mars scientific community. PIs of each project are expected to attend these workshops and brief about the progress of the respective project.