The fall proposal round for observations in the 2001A semester (nominally 1 February--31 July 2001) will be here soon, with the usual due date of 30 September 2000. Proposal materials should be available around the first of September at http://www.noao.edu/noaoprop/.
In addition to the usual KPNO and CTIO telescopes, the 2001A round will likely include the first opportunity for regular Gemini proposals using the facility instrument NIRI, the U. Hawaii-built near-infrared imager. 2001A will be the first semester of "normal" Gemini North observations, with both queue and classically scheduled programs.
The 2001A semester will also include the opportunity to propose for about 13 classically scheduled nights at the MMT Observatory's new 6.5-m telescope, and for about 8 nights of queue-scheduled observations at the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory. The next opportunity for new survey proposals will be the following semester deadline, 31 March 2001.