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 day in September for the following “A” semester (Feb 1 – July 31) and the last day in March for the following “B” semester (Aug 1 – Jan 31). Survey programs are accepted annually, and investigators must submit a letter of intent to propose in advance.

2014B Call for Proposals

Proposal Deadline: March 31, 2014

Proposals for semester 2014A (February 1 - July 31, 2014) are due on September 26, 2013. Time Allocation Meetings will take place Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2013.


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.  The next Survey proposal deadline (for DECam proposals only) is 31 March 2014.

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 March 14, 2014.