- O/IR System
Under the terms of the cooperative agreement with the NSF, NOAO produces several reports each year. The Long Range Plan presents a five-year view of future activities, based on funding expectations. The Annual Program Plan presents a more detailed description of the goals (milestones) and activities of the upcoming fiscal year (October 1 — September 30). The Fiscal Year Annual Report reviews the accomplishments of the just completed fiscal year and accounts for discrepancies from the Annual Program Plan (i.e., actual vs. planned). The Quarterly Scientific Reports provide status updates on the milestones and activities described in the current Program Plan. These reports are available to the public.
The NOAO Users Committee meets annually to advise NOAO management on issues and policies that affect the user community. Members are appointed by the NOAO Director.
At the start of each decade, the National Academies organize a community-wide activity to recommend priorities in facility development for the next ten years. Typically, within these decadal surveys, one panel focuses on ground-based OIR development. These reports provide strategic guidance to NOAO’s program and planning.
In 2005-6, The NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences undertook a Senior Review of its portfolio of facilities. This review examined the balance of our investments in the various facilities that NSF/AST supports. The primary goal of the review and the adjustment of balance that will result is to enable progress on the recommendations of the Decade Survey and other priorities. At the same time a healthy core program of astronomical research must be preserved. NSF/AST regards this as essential to support the scientific programs that will be undertaken with the new facilities, to seed the next generation of capability, and to attract, train, and retain the next generation of astronomical researchers.
Last updated or reviewed March 5, 2012.