NOAO Guidelines for Using LBTO's Phase-I Tool
Investigators wishing to propose for community access to the Large Binocular Telescope must use
LBTO's Phase-I Tool (PIT) .
The PIT is a downloadable application that is used to provide "front-page" information including the title, abstract, and contact info for the investigators. Instrument configuration details, target coordinates, and observing constraints are also included in PIT, and are carried over into the Phase-II process for accepted proposals.
"Essay" sections are included in a single PDF attachment, which can be prepared using an MS Word or LaTeX template.
Please consider these suggestions and guidelines when preparing your proposal:
- Please use the NOAO version of the template -- Templates can be found at the NOAO LBT PIT templates site. Download LBTPhase1_NOAO.doc for the Word template or LBTPhase1_NOAO.tex for the LaTeX template (if using LaTeX, you'll also need LBTPhase1_NOAO19A.sty). Investigators that have used the NOAO Proposal Form in the past will notice that the format and instructions for these essay sections are very similar to the NOAO form.
- Include all investigators in PIT -- to be properly ingested by the NOAO TAC database, investigators must be included in PIT, not simply listed in the attachment.
- 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.
- Export and Print your proposal before submitting -- this will allow you to see your proposal just as the TAC will see it.
- If requesting time both for LBT and other NOAO resources (e.g. SOAR), you will need to submit two proposals.
Note, however, that since the essay section formats and instructions are quite similar, a lot of preparation time can be saved by cutting and pasting the text. If you are submitting complementary proposals, it can be helpful to the TAC to mention this in the text.