NOAO collaborates with NASA Space Observatories, the Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra, Spitzer, and Fermi, to provide investigators with complementary ground-based observations in support of their programs. Investigators can obtain time on facilities available through NOAO through proposals for Fermi Cycle 8, HST Cycle 23, and Chandra Cycle 17 programs. This collaboration allows proposers to avoid the double jeopardy inherent in having to pass through two separate TAC processes, and provides access to facilities essential to obtaining complementary ground-based O/IR data without regard to institutional affiliation. The time awarded through this process will not be extended or augmented to account for losses due to bad weather. In such cases, investigators may wish to submit a new proposal to the NOAO TAC.
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope (formerly GLAST) was launched Jun 11, 2008. In recognition of the importance of optical observations enabled by NOAO to the scientific exploration by Fermi, the Fermi-NOAO cooperative arrangement commits observing time on NOAO telescopes for observations in support of Fermi related science programs.
Through proposals submitted via the Fermi Guest Investigator (GI) Cycle 7 program, proposers can obtain access to the Fermi survey data product, research funding, and allocations of observing time on most of the facilities to which NOAO provides access. Please note that proposers desiring Target of Opportunity (ToO) observations on NOAO facilities must also submit a complete proposal via the NOAO proposal system. Successful proposals for NOAO observing time submitted via the Fermi GI program will be scheduled during NOAO observing semesters 2016A and 2016B. Successful proposals submitted to the NOAO proposal process could be implemented in semester 2015B as well in some cases. The details of this opportunity are slightly different than from previous arrangements with NASA space observatories.
NOAO, ToO, and Survey Program proposals requesting Fermi funding must be submitted by the proposers, using appropriate forms and processes, to both NOAO and the Fermi Guest Investigator (GI) program in order to be considered for NOAO observing time and funding by NASA/Fermi. The deadline for Fermi GI program Cycle 8 proposals is January 22, 2015, 4:30pm EST. The next deadline for standard NOAO proposals (and therefore for ToO proposals to NOAO) is March 31, 2015. The next deadline for NOAO Survey Program proposals has not been announced, but will be no earlier than September 30, 2015.
Proposers interested in NOAO observing time related to their Fermi proposal, but not requiring Survey or ToO observations, need only submit one proposal to the Fermi GI program (no NOAO proposal required).
Detailed information regarding the Fermi GI (Guest Investigator) program can be found at: http://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/ssc/proposals/.
Investigators who apply for Cycle 23 observations with the Hubble Space Telescope can also apply for time at the listed NOAO facilities in the same proposal, with a cap of approved time at 5% of the total available NOAO time. Check the announcement for Cycle 23 proposals at http://www.stsci.edu/hst/proposing/docs/cycle23announce . The deadline for Cycle 23 Phase I proposals is April 10, 2015 8:00 pm EDT. Time is available in the 2016A and 2016B semesters only. Not all instruments and telescopes currently available at NOAO will be available in future semesters.
Investigators applying for Chandra Cycle 17 programs may also request
time at the listed NOAO facilities in the same proposal, with a cap of
approved time at 5% of the total available NOAO time. The key criterion
in the award of NOAO time is that the x-ray and optical data form a
coherent database such that both sets of data are required to meet the
scientific goals of the proposal. Chandra Cycle 16 proposals are due
March 17, 2015 6:00 p.m. EDT, and investigators may obtain further
information at the Chandra website:
Chandra Cycle 17 will be of one year duration, and NOAO allocations
for approved Chandra programs will be scheduled in the
2016A and 2016B semesters.
No joint Spitzer-NOAO observing proposals will be available in Spitzer Cycle 7 or later.
Only those instruments listed in the 2015B NOAO Call for Proposals will be available for time through this program in 2015.
Five percent of the available time roughly corresponds to: