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NOAO Proposal Information


Proposals for standard observing programs at all ground-based facilities coordinated by NOAO, which include the telescopes of the Gemini, CTIO, and KPNO observatories, and community-access time with private observatories can be submitted twice each year by the following deadlines. Survey Programs are only accepted annually, and investigators must submit a letter of intent to propose by 14 February.

Standard Programs11:59pm on the last Thursday in September
(for the February-July observing period)
11:59pm on the last Thursday in March
(for the August-January observing period)

NOAO Proposal Form

Policies Concerning the Allocation of Telescope Time

Survey Programs

NOAO offers the opportunity to conduct major survey programs of up to 3 years duration. Up to 20% of the observing time available through NOAO may be allocated to Survey Programs.

Facilities available through NOAO

Access to NOAO facilities through HST, Chandra, Spitzer, and GLAST Programs

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NOAO is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Inc. under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

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