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 – 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 2021A (01 February 2021 - July 31, 2021) will be due on 30 September 2020. Time Allocation Meetings will take place 09 Nov - 13 Nov 2020.

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

Time Allocation Policies

Survey Programs NSF's OIR Lab offers the opportunity to conduct major survey programs of up to 3 years duration. Up to 20% of the observing time available through NOIRLab may be allocated to Survey Programs.  There is no call for survey proposals this semester.

Access to NOIRLab 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 NOIRLab Time Allocation Committee (TAC) meets semi-annually to advise the NOIRLab 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 NOIRLab TAC process.


Last updated or reviewed September 2, 2020.