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Applying for time at NOT


Current Call for Proposals

    Allocation period 50: October 1, 2014 - April 1, 2015
    Deadline:
    Friday, May 16, 2014, at UT 12:00 noon.


    Period 50: October 1, 2014 - April 1, 2015


    General Rules

    It has been a long-standing policy at the NOT to accept observing proposals from anyone, regardless of nationality, affiliation, or status. Thus, projects by non-Nordic P.I.s typically received 10-12% of the Nordic observing time in open competition after peer review by the NOT OPC. In recent years, however, the demand from external European groups without competitive instrumentation has risen to the point where 'foreign' time at the NOT far exceeded the share available to any of the sponsoring countries, with little return of such favours for Nordic astronomers.

    Plans for equitable time sharing arrangements with other competitive European 2-4m telescopes are being prepared through the ASTRONET and OPTICON. However, in the interim, the NOT Council has decided to limit outside access to the NOT to 15% of the total science time, excluding Spanish and technical time.

    Moreover, to ensure equitable and competitive review of all eligible proposals for time at the NOT and all other European telescopes, the Council also decided that ALL non-Nordic proposals MUST be submitted through the OPTICON common proposal and evaluation system (see deadlines below and link to the latest call). Proposals submitted outside the OPTICON procedure will in future be considered only in exceptional cases. This policy will be reviewed and adjusted as appropriate, semester by semester.

     
    The OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme:

    EU flag The OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme provides access for European, but non-Nordic users to NOT and several other European telescopes with support from the European Union. ALL non-Nordic and non-Spanish proposals for the Nordic Optical Telescope MUST be submitted through the OPTICON common proposal and evaluation system.

    OPTICON proposals must be submitted well before the usual NOT deadline - see the OPTICON Call text for all details on this programme.

     

    'Fast-track' Observing Proposals for short programmes:

    Any proposal for a programme requiring up to 4 hours of observing time in service mode and with standard instrumentation can be submitted at any time through the 'Fast-Track Service Programme'.

     

    Joint IAC-Nordic research programmes:

    Following the Agreement between the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and NOTSA for the continued operation of the NOT at the Roque de los Muchachos observatory on La Palma, 5% of the observing time at NOT will be offered for joint IAC-Nordic research programmes. This observing time is aimed at reinforcing the collaboration and synergies between the IAC and the Nordic communities through joint programmes. Call for proposals will be issued separately.

     

    Regular Observing Proposals:

     

    Who can apply?

    • Anybody affiliated with a Nordic research institute can apply for NOT time in the regular procedure, regardless of nationality.

    • Proposals by scientists working at other European institutes should be submitted through OPTICON (see above).

    • Non-Nordic proposals that are not submitted through OPTICON are considered only in exceptional cases.

    • All proposals submitted to NOT are ranked on the basis of scientific merit by the NOT Observing Programmes Committee (OPC), but national shares are taking in to consideration when allocating observing time.

     

    How do I apply for observing time at NOT?

    Applications for observation time at NOT must be prepared and submitted electronically using the Latex proposal package for the period applied for (proposal template, style file, and README file). The updated proposal files will be available 4-6 weeks before each proposal deadline.

    NB: The competition for observing time at the NOT is very keen, and our small OPC cannot contain experts in all fields of astronomy. Therefore, it is CRUCIAL that proposals outline CLEARLY the scientific background and context of the proposed project, and also explain CLEARLY what contribution the planned observations will make to advancing our understanding of the field in question!

    As a more practical matter, note that proposals will only be accepted if prepared with the appropriate NOTFORM style macros and submitted to proposal@not.iac.es, a special mail-only account reserved for processing observing proposals. Please specify "Proposal" as the Subject when submitting a proposal, and "Question" in case of any preparatory inquiries.

    Current Call for Proposals

  • Period 50: October 1, 2014 - April 1, 2015
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    Deadlines

    For the normal proposal cycle:
    1 October to 31 March : 15th of May
    1 April to 30 September : 15th of November
    For proposals through OPTICON:
    1 October to 31 March : 28 February
    1 April to 30 September : 31 August
    For joint IAC-Nordic programmes:
    1 October to 31 March : TBD
    1 April to 30 September : TBD

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