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Fast Turnaround Call for Proposals

November Call for Proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals; see the "PIT information" section below. The revised 2016B PIT  must be used

 

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST),November  30.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, December 14;
    • Results will be announced by December 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be December 30. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 January 2017 until 31 March 2017;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all participant countries taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • We further welcome Japanese community PI proposals. 
    • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Argentina has currently filled its time limit for GS. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Gemini North: Targets from about RA =0 hrs to 19 hrs are acceptable during this cycle (i.e., 19 < RA < 24 is excluded). Note, however, that RAs near 0 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first half of the first month (December) and only at northern declinations (Dec > 0) . Likewise, RAs near 19 will only be accessible for a few hours during the second half of the final month (March) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.
    • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 2 hrs to 17 hrs are acceptable during this cycle (i.e., 17 < RA < 24 and 0 < RA < 2 are excluded). Note, however, that RAs near 2 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first half of the first month (December) and only at favorable declinations (Dec < 0) . Likewise, RAs near 17 will only be accessible for a few hours during the second half of the final month (March) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

  4. Available instruments and observing modes

    • Gemini North
    • GMOS and GNIRS are available during January, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS for the latter three) will each be available part of January. GMOS is expected to be off the telescope during Feb 1 - March 19 for a CCD upgrade. In principle GMOS is available after March 19 but there is some risk that its down time will be extended. It is likely that GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS will be available most of Feb - March, but their availabilities are not yet firm. Currently LGS is only available during 4-19 January. The situation will become clearer after the TAC meeting in early December.
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) for questions about availability of GRACES.
    • Check the 2016B telescope schedule and 2017A telescope schedule when available for updates on instrument availability.

    • Gemini South
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 are expected to be available during this FT block.
    •  A limited amount of GPI time is available intermittently through the 3-month FT block.
    • GeMS+GSAOI and PHOENIX are not available for FT.
    • See the 2016B telescope schedule and 2017A telescope schedule when available for more information about instrument availability and possible updates.

    • Both telescopes
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate in the Technical section if your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4 . For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 4 hrs of observing time.

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • Dedicated LaTeX/Word templates must be used to prepare FT proposals: tex | sty | doc.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.
    • The FT proposal template (which differs somewhat from the queue template) is now compulsory for all FT proposals.



September Call for Proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals; see the "PIT information" section below. The revised 2016B PIT  must be used

 

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), September  30.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, October 14;
    • Results will be announced by October 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be October 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 November 2016 until 31 January 2017;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all participant countries taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • We further welcome Japanese community PI proposals. 
    • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Argentina has currently filled its time limit for GS. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. See rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Gemini North: Targets from about RA=20 hrs to 15 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 20 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first half of the first month (November) and only at favorable declinations (Dec > 0) . Likewise, RAs near 15 will only be accessible for a few hours during the second half of the final month (January) and again only in the above declination range.
    • Gemini South: Targets from about RA=22 hrs to 13 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 22 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first half of the first month (November) and only at favorable declinations (Dec < 0) . Likewise, RAs near 13 will only be accessible for a few hours during the second half of the final month (January) and again only in the above declination range.

  4. Available instruments and observing modes

    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS for the latter three) will be available during this FT period. NIRI will be available during 1 November - 8 January and 20-31 January. NIFS is only available during 9-19 January. Currently LGS is only available during 4-19 January.
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) for questions about availability of GPI and GRACES.
    • Check the 2016B telescope schedule for updates on instrument availability.

    • Gemini South
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 will be available during this FT block.
    •  A limited amount of GPI time is available intermittently through the 3-month FT block.
    • GeMS+GSAOI and PHOENIX are not available for FT.
    • See the 2016B telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability and possible updates.

    • Both telescopes
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate in the Technical section if your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4 . For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 4 hrs of observing time.

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • Dedicated LaTeX/Word templates must be used to prepare FT proposals: tex | sty | doc.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.
    • The FT proposal template (which differs somewhat from the queue template) is now compulsory for all FT proposals.


August call for proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals; see the "PIT information" section below. The revised 2016B PIT  will have to be used. 

 

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), August  31.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, September 14;
    • Results will be announced by September 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be September 30. Observations will remain valid until the end of November;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all Participants taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • We further welcome Japanese community PI proposals. 
    • PIs from participating countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Currently Participants have reached their limit.  Note that some Participants only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. See rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Gemini North: Targets from RA~16.5  hrs to ~8 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 14.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (August). RAs near 5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (October).
    • Gemini South: Targets from RA~19  hrs to ~8 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 14.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (August). RAs near 7 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (November).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes

    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS and LGS for the latter three) will be available during this FT period.  NIRI and NIFS will be alternately available during the three months.
    • See the 2016B telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability (the 2016B schedule is not yet available).

    • Gemini South
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 will be available during this FT block.
    •  A limited amount of GPI time is available.
    • GeMS+GSAOI and PHOENIX are not available for FT.
    • See the 2016B telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability (the 2016B schedule is not yet available).

    • Both telescopes
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) for questions about GPI and GRACES availability.
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate whether your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • i. 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • ii. 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • iii. 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • iv. 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to Participant's time availability - see rule #4 .

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • Dedicated LaTeX/Word templates must be used to prepare FT proposals: tex | sty | doc.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.
    • The FT proposal template (which differs somewhat from the queue template) is now compulsory for all FT proposals.


July call for proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals; see the "PIT information" section below. The revised 2016B PIT  will have to be used. 

 

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), July 31.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, August 14;
    • Results will be announced by August 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be Aug 30. Observations will remain valid until the end of November;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all partners taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • We further welcome Japanese community PI proposals. 
    • PIs from partner countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit.  Note that some partners only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. See rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Gemini North: Targets from RA~15  hrs to ~6.5 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 14.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (August). RAs near 5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (October).
    • Gemini South: Targets from RA~17.5  hrs to ~6.5 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 14.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (August). RAs near 5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (October).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes

    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS and LGS for the latter three) will be available during this FT period.  NIRI and NIFS will be alternately available during the three months.
    • See the 2016B telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability (the 2016B schedule is not yet available).

    • Gemini South
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 will be available during this FT block.
    •  A limited amount of GPI time is available.
    • GeMS+GSAOI and PHOENIX are not available for FT.
    • See the 2016B telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability (the 2016B schedule is not yet available).

    • Both telescopes
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) for questions about GPI and GRACES availability.
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate whether your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • i. 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • ii. 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • iii. 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • iv. 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4 .

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • Dedicated LaTeX/Word templates must be used to prepare FT proposals: tex | sty | doc.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.
    • The FT proposal template (which differs somewhat from the queue template) is now compulsory for all FT proposals.


June Call for Proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals; see the "PIT information" section below. As of this month the revised 2016B PIT  will have to be used. 

 

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), June 30.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, July 14;
    • Results will be announced by July 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be July 30. Observations will remain valid until the end of October;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all partners taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • We further welcome Japanese community PI proposals. 
    • PIs from partner countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. However, at GN, Argentina has 1.5 hrs remaining and Brazil has 5.8 hrs left. At GS, Argentina has 0.5 hrs remaining, Brazil has 6.4 hrs, and Chile has 9 hrs left. All other partners have > 10 hrs remaining. Note that some partners only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. See rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Targets from RA~12.5  hrs to ~5 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 12.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (August). RAs near 5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (October).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes

    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS and LGS for the latter three) will be available during this FT period.  NIRI and NIFS will be alternately available during the three months.
    • See the 2016A telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability (the 2016B schedule is not yet available).

    • Gemini South
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 will be available during this FT block.
    •  A limited amount of GPI time is available thereafter.
    • GeMS+GSAOI and PHOENIX are not available for FT.
    • See the 2016A telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability (the 2016B schedule is not yet available).

    • Both telescopes
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) for questions about GPI and GRACES availability.
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate whether your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • i. 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • ii. 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • iii. 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • iv. 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4 .

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • Dedicated LaTeX/Word templates must be used to prepare FT proposals: tex | sty | doc.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.
    • The FT proposal template (which differs somewhat from the queue template) is now compulsory for all FT proposals.


May Call for Proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals; see the "PIT information" section below. As of this month the revised 2016B PIT  will have to be used. 

 

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), May 31.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, June 14;
    • Results will be announced by June 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be June 30. Observations will remain valid until the end of September;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all partners taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • We further welcome Japanese community PI proposals. 
    • PIs from partner countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. However, at GN, Argentina has 1.5 hrs remaining and Brazil has 5.8 hrs left. At GS, Argentina has 0.5 hrs remaining, Brazil has 6.4 hrs, and Chile has 9 hrs left. All other partners have > 10 hrs remaining. Note that some partners only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. See rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Targets from RA~11  hrs to ~3.5 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 11 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (July). RAs near 3.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (September).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes

    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS and LGS for the latter three) will be available during this FT period. However, GMOS will be unavailable during 11-25 July and its 150 l/m grating will be unavailable prior to 25 July. Also, NIRI and NIFS will be alternately available during the three months.
    • GRACES is unavailable in July and at the present time its availability is unknown in Semester 16B. GRACES proposals will not be accepted in this round.
    • See the 2016A telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability (the 2016B schedule is not yet available).

    • Gemini South
    • Gemini South has an engineering shutdown during 16-25 April; no observing during that interval.
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 will be available during this FT block.
    • GPI is unavailable during approximately 6-31 July. A limited amount of GPI time is available thereafter.
    • GeMS+GSAOI and PHOENIX are not available for FT.
    • See the 2016A telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability (the 2016B schedule is not yet available).

    • Both telescopes
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) for questions about GPI and GRACES availability.
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate whether your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • i. 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • ii. 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • iii. 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • iv. 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4 .

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • Dedicated LaTeX/Word templates must be used to prepare FT proposals: tex | sty | doc.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.
    • The FT proposal template (which differs somewhat from the queue template) is now compulsory for all FT proposals.

March Call for Proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. Users should be aware that FT-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals; see the "PIT information" section below.

 

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), March 31.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, April 14;
    • Results will be announced by April 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be April 31. Observations will remain valid until the end of July;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all partners taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • PIs from partner countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. See the rules and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Targets from RA~7.5 hrs to ~0.5 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 7.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (May). RAs near 0.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (July).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes

    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS and LGS for the latter three) will be available during this FT period. However, GMOS will be unavailable in the second half of June, and NIRI and NIFS will be alternately available during the three months. A limited amount of GRACES time is available in late May / early June only. Note that the GRACES run will prevent the use of the GMOS-N IFU during that period. See the 2016A telescope schedulefor full details. .
    • A limited amount of GRACES time may be available for FT programs.

    • Gemini South
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 will be available during this FT block, as will a limited amount of GPI time. GeMS+GSAOI is not offered. F2 will not be on the telescope in May. See the 2016A telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability.

    • Both telescopes
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) with questions about GPI and GRACES availability.
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate whether your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • i. 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • ii. 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • iii. 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • iv. 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up to roughly the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions (see the rules).

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • Dedicated LaTeX/Word templates must be used to prepare FT proposals: tex | sty | doc.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.
    • The FT proposal template (which differs somewhat from the queue template) is now compulsory for all FT proposals.

February Call for Proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. Users should be aware that FT-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals; see the "PIT information" section below.

 

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), February 29.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, March 14;
    • Results will be announced by March 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be March 31. Observations will remain valid until the end of June;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all partners taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • PIs from partner countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. See the rules and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Targets from RA~5.5 hrs to ~22.5 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 5.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (April). RAs near 22.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (June).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North and South are now participating in the FT program.
    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS and LGS for the latter three) will be available during this FT period. See the 2016A telescope schedule for full details. Note that the GRACES run in late March/early April as well as late May/early June will prevent the use of the GMOS-N IFU during those periods.
    • A limited amount of GRACES time may be available for FT programs.
    • Gemini South
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 will be available during this FT block, as will a limited amount of GPI time. GeMS+GSAOI is not offered. F2 will not be on the telescope in May. See the 2016A telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability.
    • Both telescopes
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) with questions about GPI and GRACES availability.
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate whether your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in both GMOS instruments is not offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • i. 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • ii. 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • iii. 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • iv. 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up to roughly the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions (see the rules).

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • As of January 2016, dedicated LaTeX/Word templates must be used to prepare FT proposals: tex | sty | doc.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.

  7. Recent rules/policies for the CfP
    • The FT proposal template is now compulsory for all FT proposals.

January Call for Proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. Users should be aware that FT-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals; see the "PIT information" section below.

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), January 31.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, February 14;
    • Results will be announced by February 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be March 02. Observations will remain valid until the end of May;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all partners taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • PIs from partner countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. See the rules and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Targets from RA~4 hrs to ~21.5 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 4 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (March). RAs near 21.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (May).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North and South are now participating in the FT program.
    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS and LGS for the latter three) will be available during this FT period. See the 2016A telescope schedule for full details. Note that the GRACES run in late March/early April will prevent the use of the GMOS-N IFU during those periods.
    • A limited amount of GRACES time may be available for FT programs.
    • Gemini South
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 will be available during this FT block, as will a limited amount of GPI time. GeMS+GSAOI is not offered. F2 will not be on the telescope in May. See the 2016A telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability.
    • Both telescopes
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) with questions about GPI and GRACES availability.
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate whether your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in both GMOS instruments is not offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • i. 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • ii. 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • iii. 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • iv. 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up to roughly the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions (see the rules).

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • As of January 2016, dedicated LaTeX/Word templates must be used to prepare FT proposals: tex | sty | doc.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.

  7. Changes to rules/policies since last CfP
    • The FT proposal template is now compulsory for all FT proposals.

December Call for Proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program.

  1. Important dates
    • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), December 31.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, January 14;
    • Results will be announced by January 21;
    • The deadline for preparing observations will be Feb 01. Observations will remain valid until the end of April;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights. They will not be scheduled only on specific Fast Turnaround nights as was done previously.

  2. Eligibility
    • PIs from all participant countries taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
    • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Currently no participants have reached their limit. See the rules and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Targets from RA~2 hrs to ~19.5 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 2 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (February). RAs near 19.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (April).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North and South are now participating in the FT program.
    • The 16A instrument schedules are not yet available. We will update this call as soon as we have this information, probably around the middle of the month. In the meantime, here is some preliminary information:
    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, NIRI, and NIFS (including Altair NGS and LGS for the latter three) will be available during this FT period. See the 2016A telescope schedule for full details. Note that the GRACES runs in early February and late March/early April will prevent the use of the GMOS-N IFU during those periods.
    • A limited amount of GRACES time may be available for FT programs.
    • Gemini South
    • GMOS-S and Flamingos-2 will be available during this FT block, as will a limited amount of GPI time. GeMS+GSAOI is not offered. See the 2016A telescope schedule for information about instrument availability.
    • Both telescopes
    • Please contact the FT team (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) with questions about GPI and GRACES availability.
    • FT observations may not be executed during classical, priority visitor (PV) and Korean blocks, depending on the prevailing conditions.
    • For GMOS proposals, please indicate whether your program could be carried out with either GMOS (North or South).
    • The R600 grating in both GMOS instruments is not offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
    • MOS observations are now available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions
    • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

  5. Time available
    • 20 hrs per month at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:
      • i. 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
      • ii. 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
      • iii. 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
      • iv. 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
    • PIs may propose for up to roughly the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions (see the rules).

  6. PIT information
    • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page (in the "Time Requests" tab, select Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini as the proposal class).
    • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
    • We have created new, shorter Latex/Word templates for FT proposals (GemPhase1_FT.tex/doc). We encourage users to use these new templates. Participants using the old templates will not be penalized this month (as long as they stick to the page limits), but we do plan to make the FT template compulsory in the New Year.
    • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given cycle (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible.

  7. Changes to rules/policies since last CfP
    • None