NOAO offers the opportunity to conduct major survey projects on telescopes with large numbers of nights allocated by NOAO. Commitments to survey projects extend over a number of semesters, up to a nominal limit of three years (6 semesters). Note that surveys are not merely standard projects that have received long-term status; surveys differ from standard programs in the proposal and allocation process, in the nature of the data and its processing, and in the expected deliverables. Up to 20% of the observing time available through NOAO on the telescopes included in the Survey Program may be allocated to Survey projects. Proposals that make use of facilities in both northern and southern hemispheres are particularly encouraged.
A Survey Project is a significant observational project which:
Successful survey projects are expected to be completed in 3 years or less. Data must be processed with a well-tested and well-documented pipeline, must be archived in a convenient format, and must be made publicly available no longer than one year after the first images are pipeline processed.
Survey proposals are accepted annually; the usual deadline is September 15 for projects to start in the subsequent A or B semesters. Letters of intent must be submitted by an earlier deadline, typically in mid-August. Details on the specific policies of the Survey Program, as well as the survey proposal form and instructions can be found on the NOAO Proposal Information page. Please examine the current policies closely, as they vary from year to year with constraints such as instrument availability and commitments to previous survey projects. Survey proposals are reviewed and ranked by a special Survey TAC.
Letters of Intent are DUE 15 AUGUST 2010
Survey Proposals are DUE 15 SEPTEMBER 2010
A Workshop will be held in Tucson for all approved programs each year. Survey teams awarded time will be expected to meet with one another and with NOAO or other staff, as appropriate.
Progress Reports must also be submitted to the Survey TAC annually. The Survey TAC will review all progress reports and may recommend changes in the allocations to previously approved programs. Proposers will have the opportunity to appeal any changes recommended by the Survey TAC.
Beginning with the 2011 call, NOAO intends to formalize the agreement with successful survey proposers by negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding that describes the expected data deliverables and a schedule for their delivery.
Twenty-six survey projects have been allocated time since the program started in 1999. NOAO maintains a list of completed and ongoing surveys, which provides for each survey an abstract, a description of available data, and a link to a survey website that holds additional information.
Surveys are expected to provide complete and uniform data sets. Following their completion, reduced data and high-level data products can be downloaded from the NOAO Science Archive.
Last updated or reviewed June 1, 2012.