NOAO Guidelines for Using Gemini's Phase-I Tool
Investigators wishing to propose for the US share of time on the Gemini
telescopes should use
Gemini's Phase-I Tool (PIT) providing they are not also requesting time on other NOAO resources on the same proposal. The PIT was completely rewritten in 2012 so that most of the "essay" sections are now in a single PDF attachment, which can be prepared using an MS Word or LaTeX template. Detailed help pages and
video tutorials are available on the Gemini web site.
- Please use the US version of the template -- (if the PI of the proposal is at a US institution). Like the standard NOAO proposal form, the US template includes an "experimental design" section that is not contained in the Gemini default template. Templates can be found at the PIT software distribution site
- Watch the length of your scientific justification -- Please keep it within the one-page limit for the text. Two additional pages can be used for references and figures.
- If requesting consideration for Band 3 observations, include Band 3 targets -- The new version of PIT includes a separate panel for band 3 targets. If you have already defined your targets for Bands 1/2, you can use the "Edit" menu to copy/paste the observations into the "Band 3" section and then update the conditions and observation times.
- Export and Print your proposal before submitting -- this will allow you to see your proposal just as the TAC will see it.