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The Office is responsible for assisting with preparation of procurement request documents for submission to the NASA Grants Procurement System to facilitate funding for annual awards to several hundred planetary science Principal Investigators (total 2010 budget ~$50M).

Office personnel track procurement requests, provide follow-up information during the award process, and interact with NASA Headquarters Resources Analysts and with NASA Peer Review Services and NASA Shared Services Center personnel.

The head of the Office serves as an ombudsman to the university community regarding grant and contract issues; serves as Technical Officer on these grants and contract; and oversees the work of Office support personnel.

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Paul Mahaffy Named Director of the Solar System Exploration Division

Paul Mahaffy has been named the new Director of Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division. Paul served for nearly 10 years as Chief of the Planetary Environments Laboratory, leading this group’s study of planetary atmospheres and surface environments with emphases on the modeling of atmospheres and surface environments, advanced instrument development, the study of terrestrial planetary analogs, and the development of space-qualified instruments. Paul is currently Principal Investigator of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on the Curiosity rover and of the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) on the MAVEN Mars orbiter. He previously participated in a wide range of planetary missions, including those to Jupiter, Saturn, comets, and the moon.
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The Solar System Grants Support Office consists of Dr. David Nava and Ms. Rita Clark.

The Solar System Grants Support Office serves the NASA Headquarters Planetary Science Division in implementing funding plans for NASA Headquarters Research and Analysis programs.

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Dr. David F Nava
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Mrs. Rita Clark

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