- O/IR System
Proposals for standard observing programs at all NOAO facilities, at partner facilities, and at private facilities that provide some open-access time through the NOAO time allocation process, can be submitted twice each year. Deadlines are the last day in September for the following “A” semester (Feb 1 – Jul 31) and the last day in March for the following “B” semester (Aug 1 – Jan 31). Survey programs are accepted annually or when sufficient time is available for new programs, and investigators must submit a letter of intent to propose in advance.
Proposals for semester 2020A (1 February 2020 - 31 July 2020) will be due on 30 September 2019. Time Allocation Meetings will take place 28 October - 1 November 2019.
NOAO Proposal Form This page provides access to web tools for writing, verifying, and submitting your proposal.
Survey Programs NOAO offers the opportunity to conduct major survey programs of up to 3 years duration. Up to 20% of the observing time available through NOAO may be allocated to Survey Programs. There is a new Survey call for proposals to start in semesters 2019A or 2019B, with Letters of Intent due on 15 August 2018. Click on the above "Survey Programs" link for more information.
Proposal Queue Status As proposals are submitted, they are verified and imported into the proposal database.
Time Allocation Committee The NOAO Time Allocation Committee (TAC) meets semi-annually to advise the NOAO Director on the allocation of telescope time. The TAC comprises seven broad discipline-based panels plus special panels to handle survey or other proposals. TAC members are appointed by the chair of the NOAO TAC process.
Last updated or reviewed September 24, 2019.