Call for Proposals
PERIOD 48: OCTOBER 1, 2013 - APRIL 1, 2014
The Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) invites applications for observing time in
Period 48, October 1, 2013 - April 1, 2014
The deadline for receipt of the applications is:
Friday, May 3, 2013, at UT 13.00 noon.
The Call for Proposals is available in the following formats:
Following ASTRONET's recommendations on the future coordinated use of
Europe's 2-4m telescopes, the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo (TNG) and
NOT telescopes on La Palma have agreed to enter into a closer
collaboration and begin to jointly offer time at both telescopes to
both communities in the next semester. See further details at
http://www.tng-not.iac.es/. Accordingly, Nordic scientists can now
submit normal observing proposals directly to the TNG, and vice versa.
1: Proposals for projects of all sizes are welcome, large and small as
well as medium-size. Pooling of related and synergistic proposals by
consortia of groups with similar interests is encouraged. Programmes
requiring one or more single-night periods may be executed in service
mode on preassigned nights. Proposals should state whether or not
service mode is desirable.
Applicants planning to propose Target-of-Opportunity or similar
projects should contact the Head of Operations (email@example.com) in
advance in order to discuss optimum strategies.
2: The proposal submission procedure is electronic. The Latex template
and style files for Period 48 are available at the NOT web site:
http://www.not.iac.es/observing/proposals/. Detailed instructions are
provided in the template file itself and a README file; they should be
followed carefully. Applicants should process and view the output of
their files before submission in order to check that they process
properly. Proposals using modified style files will not be accepted.
Proposals requesting more than one observing run in the period (using
different instruments on a project counts as separate runs) should
specify them individually in the proposal as indicated.
3: Proposals should be submitted by e-mail before the above deadline
to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the word "Proposal" both as Subject and
as text. Automatic e-mail acknowledgement of receipt, with
notification of any problems encountered in processing, is
provided. Before the deadline, questions on proposal preparations or
procedures may be sent to the same address with "Question" as the
4: Up-to-date information on instruments at NOT is found at
http://www.not.iac.es/instruments/. Please note the following features
for Period 48:
The fiber-coupled echelle spectrograph FIES is always ready for use,
also in parallel with other instruments. It offers superior stability
and recent enhancements, e.g. an Atmospheric Dispersion Compensator
(ADC), which can also be used with ALFOSC or NOTCam. We expect that a
high- precision polarizer for FIES will become available in period 48.
5: Proposals are reviewed without regard to the nationality of the
applicant(s), but eligible non-Nordic proposals should be submitted
via the OPTICON programme if possible (see below), and the total time
allocated to 'foreign' projects, including OPTICON time, will be
limited to ~15% of the Nordic time. This limit does not apply to
Italian projects submitted under the joint call described above.
Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their proposal as soon
as possible after the evaluation by the NOT Observing Programmes
Committee and preparation of the observing schedule by the
Director. Brief explanatory notes are provided to proposers,
especially for rejected proposals. Note also that only 75% of the
science time can be scheduled by NOTSA; the rest is Spanish
time. Awards of observing time do not imply any other financial
support from NOT.
6: The OPTICON Trans-National Access Programme provides access for
external users to NOT and several other European telescopes with
support from the European Union. NB: Proposals for OPTICON time are
submitted and reviewed separately two months before the normal NOT
proposals, and all eligible non-Nordic applicants should follow the
OPTICON procedure. See http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7/tna/ for the
next deadline and all details on this programme.
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