Proposal Information

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 Thursday in September for the following “A” semester (Feb 1 – Jul 31) and the last Thursday 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.

2014B Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: March 31, 2014

Proposals for semester 2015A (February 1 - July 31, 2015) are due on September 25, 2014. Time Allocation Meetings will take place Oct 27-31, 2014.


NOAO Proposal Form This page provides access to web tools for writing, verifying, and submitting your proposal.

Time Allocation Policies

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.  

Access to NOAO facilities through HST, Chandra, Spitzer, and GLAST Programs

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 August 18, 2014.