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Semester 14B Call for Proposals
Gemini Observatory invites its community to propose scientific investigations for the 2014B semester, 1 August 2014 - 31 January 2015.
The submission deadline varies with partner and ranges from MONDAY, MARCH 31, to TUESDAY, APRIL 1. Multi-partner joint proposals should be submitted by the deadline of the partner country to which the Principal Investigator is affiliated. Large and Long Program Proposals, and proposals for exchange time on Gemini from the Japanese community should be submitted by the Gemini Staff proposal deadline, March 31, 2014 at 23:59 HST (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time). An overview of the Gemini proposal submission process is available.
The Call is open to all partners and host institutions : Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the US, Chile and the University of Hawaii. US time is open to all astronomers including those at non-US institutions, although in that case the proposal must explain why U.S. national facilities are needed. The distribution of time across the partners is available in the time distribution table. The primary 2014B Call for Proposal pages are available as a pdf document.
|The following capabilities and announcements are new for the 2014B semester. Please see the relevant instrument pages and section of the call for proposals for details.
|Target are generally limited to 17 < RA hours < 13.5 and -37 < dec degrees < +90. In some cases there are additional constraints as described below and in the target and instrument accessibility page.
| Facility instruments offered in 2014B, in queue or classical mode, are:
Visitor instruments offered in 2014B (subject to demand), in queue mode only, are:
Target are generally limited to 16 < RA hours < 12 and -90 < dec degrees < +28. In some cases there are additional constraints as described below and in the target and instrument accessibility page.
Facility instruments offered in 2014B, in queue or classical mode, are:
Large and long Programs (LPs) are Principal Investigator-defined and -driven programs that are expected to require either significantly more time than a partner typically approves for a single program, or extends over two to six semesters, or both. The participating partners (US, Canada, Australia, and Argentina) will make up to 20% of their time at each telescope available for LPs over each of the next 6* semesters from the start of LP execution in 2014B. Principal Investigators of LPs must be based at an institution of one of the participating partner countries. Investigators submitting Proposals for LPs, to begin execution in 2014B, must have already submitted a letter of intent prior to the February 3rd, 2014, deadline. Further information on LPs and the LP proposal process can be found on the Large And Long Program page.
* - Australia agrees to participate in the LP process through 2015, and Australian PIs are eligible for programs that will conclude by the end of 2015.
- The R600 grating in GMOS-North and GMOS-South will be available for classical programs only. This grating is used infrequently and is difficult to schedule in the queue.
- As in past semesters, NIRI is not available for spectroscopy.
- FLAMINGOS-2 MOS mode is not offered at this time.
- The use of the GPI Non Redundant Mask is not offered at this time.
- The following instruments are not offered in 2014B (and have been retired): Michelle, NICI and T-ReCS.
The deadline for Phase I submission varies with partner and ranges from MONDAY, MARCH 31, to TUESDAY, APRIL 1. Poor weather and Director's Discretionary Time proposals are accepted at any time via the Phase I Tool. For successful proposals, both queue and classical, the Phase II submission deadline is 15 JULY, 2014. More information is available in the 2014B schedule.
Proposals for time on Gemini, and for time on Subaru via the Gemini-Subaru exchange program, must use the Gemini Phase I Tool (PIT). Latex and Word templates are available to create a pdf attachment which includes the science and technical cases. The requested time for the visitor instruments should include all required calibrations (unlike the facility instruments where the time required for a specified set of baseline calibrations should not be included). Investigators are strongly encouraged to include the output from the integration time calculators in the proposal. See the PIT page for installation information and the help pages for the PIT for assistance.
The time available for each partner and host institution in 2014B is shown on the time distribution page. The science time available at each telescope includes a 7% Director's Discretionary Time allocation. Currently, the Director makes 5% available for staff use via the Call for Proposals, while 2% will be available to all astronomers through the Director's Discretionary Time proposal process. At Gemini North, 163 nights are expected to be available for science. At Gemini South, 153 nights are expected to be available for science.
A minimum of 5 classical nights are available on Subaru in Semester 2014B.
No Gemini-Keck exchange time is offered in Semester 2014B.
The Gemini Observatory, at the request of its Users' Committee, would like to strongly encourage the visit of students to observing runs (attending Queue, Classical, or Priority Visiting Observing). In semester 2014B, the Gemini Observatory will subsidize with up to US$2000 the travel expenses of individual under- and graduate students visiting Gemini North or South, when accompanying a senior observer. Please contact the Director or Deputy Director if you would like to make use of this opportunity.
Remote Eavesdropping will be available in 2014B for all Band 1 and 2 programs, except for GSAOI programs. Investigators will be invited to eavesdropping via the PI email announcing they have been granted time.
Please see the page of supporting information for additional general information. Prospective users should also refer to the target and instrument accessibility page, and the instrument pages for detailed and up to date information on instrumentation.
Questions and Answers
All questions concerning proposals, or any other subject, should be made using the Gemini HelpDesk. This web-based system will send the request to your National Gemini Office staff in the first instance who will then escalate it to Gemini staff if necessary.
Comments and suggestions on the format and content of this page and supporting pages are welcome, and should be sent to Steve Margheim.