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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

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.

  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;
    • Due to limited staff availability over the holiday period, the deadline for preparing observations will be Jan 05 (5 days later than usual). Observations will remain valid until the end of March;
    • 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 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~0 hrs to ~17.5 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 0 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (January). RAs near 17.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (March).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North and South are now participating in the FT program.
    • Gemini North
    • GMOS-N and GNIRS will be available most or all of Jan-Mar. NIRI will be available most of January, NIFS will be available in late January overlapping with an LGS run. See the 15B semester schedule posted here. Instrument availability for February-March (16A) is not yet known, but GMOS and GNIRS are very likely to be available. Which of NIFS and NIRI is on the telescope will depend on the demand from the recent 16A call for proposals.
    • GRACES will not be offered in this cycle. Once the GRACES schedule is known for 16A, we may be able to offer GRACES in future FT calls.
    • Gemini South
    • GMOS and Flamingos-2 are available for FT proposals. A limited amount of GPI time is also available; please get in touch (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) if you have questions about whether your proposal would fit. Due to operational restrictions, GSAOI/GeMS is not being offered at this time.
    • Please see the Gemini South telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability.
    • Both telescopes
    • 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. At Gemini North, the R831 grating is not likely to be in the instrument frequently in 2015B, and users should consider whether one of the other gratings can meet their needs instead.
    • 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, although participants using the old templates will not be penalized (as long as they stick to the page limits)
    • 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

October Call for Proposals

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) pilot 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), October 31.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, November 14;
    • Results will be announced by November 21;
    • Observations must be ready by December 01 and will remain valid until the end of February;
    • 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~23 hrs to ~16 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 23 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (December). RAs near 16 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (February).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North and South are now participating in the FT program.
    • Gemini North
    • GMOS, GNIRS, and NIRI will be available most or all of Nov-Feb. NIFS will be available in late November and late January. There are only two LGS runs scheduled, partly during the NIFS runs. See the 15B semester schedule posted here. Instrument availability for February (16B) is not yet known, but GMOS and GNIRS are very likely to be available. Which of NIFS and NIRI is on the telescope will depend on the demand from the recent 16A call for proposals.
    • A limited amount of GRACES time is available for programs that could be accommodated in the December GRACES block. Please get in touch (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) if you have questions about whether your proposal would fit.
    • Gemini South
    • GMOS and Flamingos-2 are available for FT proposals. A limited amount of GPI time is also available; please get in touch (fast dot turnaround at gemini dot edu) if you have questions about whether your proposal would fit. Due to operational restrictions, GSAOI/GeMS is not being offered at this time.
    • Please see the Gemini South telescope schedule for more information about instrument availability.
    • Both telescopes
    • 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. At Gemini North, the R831 grating is not likely to be in the instrument frequently in 2015B, and users should consider whether one of the other gratings can meet their needs instead.
    • 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, although participants using the old templates will not be penalized (as long as they stick to the page limits)
    • 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
    • Gemini South is now open for FT proposals

September 2015 Call for Proposals

Gemini North is accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) pilot 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), September 30.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, October 14;
    • Results will be announced by October 21;
    • Observations must be ready by November 01 and will remain valid until the end of January;
    • 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 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~21 hrs to ~14 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 21 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (November). RAs near 14 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (January).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North (only) is currently participating in the FT program. We expect to start accepting proposals for Gemini South later this year, likely for the October deadline.
    • GMOS, GNIRS, and NIRI will be available most or all of Oct-Jan. NIFS will be available only in late November and late January. There are only two LGS runs scheduled, partly during the NIFS runs. See the schedule posted here
    • GMOS' R600 grating is not offered for FT (or regular queue) observations. The R831 grating is not likely to be in the instrument frequently in 2015B, and users should consider whether one of the other gratings can meet their needs instead.
    • Users are welcome to propose for GRACES observations. Targets must be observable in the December GRACES block
    • 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
    • In 2015B, 20 hrs per month 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, although participants using the old templates will not be penalized (as long as they stick to the page limits)
    • 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
    • Gemini staff are now permitted to be PIs of FT proposals
    • As noted above, multi-object spectroscopy with GMOS-N is now offered for FT programs.
    • Change made in July 2015: If <7 proposals are received, the program will not be cancelled (as happened earlier). We will instead send proposals to a standing panel of external reviewers, as well as PIs (or designated co-Is) reviewing each other's proposals in the usual way. See rule 12 and this blog post.

August 2015 Call for Proposals

Gemini North is accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) pilot 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), August 31.
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, September 14;
    • Results will be announced by September 21;
    • Observations must be ready by October 01 and will remain valid until the end of December;
    • 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 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~19 hrs to ~12 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 17 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (October). RAs near 10 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (December).

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North (only) is participating in the FT trial
    • GMOS, GNIRS, and NIRI will be available most or all of Sep-Nov. NIFS will be available only in the latter part of November. There is only one LGS run scheduled, also during the latter part of November. See the schedule posted here
    • GMOS' R600 grating is not offered for FT (or regular queue) observations. The R831 grating is not likely to be in the instrument frequently in 2015B, and users should consider whether one of the other gratings can meet their needs instead.
    • A GRACES run is scheduled for December. After the August GRACES block, when we know how many GRACES queue targets have been observed, we will make a decision about whether the instrument can be offered for FT programs. Please see the September CfP for further information.
    • 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
    • In 2015B, 20 hrs per month 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, although participants using the old templates will not be penalized (as long as they stick to the page limits)
    • 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
    • As noted above, multi-object spectroscopy with GMOS-N is now offered for FT programs.
    • Change made in July 2015: FT programs will now be merged into the regular queue and not reserved for separate FT nights.
    • Change made in July 2015: If <7 proposals are received, the program will not be cancelled (as happened earlier). We will instead send proposals to a standing panel of external reviewers, as well as PIs (or designated co-Is) reviewing each other's proposals in the usual way. See rule 12 and this blog post.

July 2015 Call for Proposals

Gemini North is accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) pilot 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), July 31
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, August 14;
    • Results will be announced by August 21;
    • Observations must be ready by September 01 and will remain valid until the end of November;
    • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observable on queue nights. They will not be scheduled only on specific Fast Turnaround nights as was done previously.

  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 but Canada has approximately 6 hrs remaining. See the rules and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Targets from RA~17 hrs to ~10 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs near 17 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (September). RAs near 10 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (November).
    • Approximate coordinates of targets in the current FT queue are given here.

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North (only) is participating in the FT trial
    • GMOS, GNIRS, and NIRI will be available most or all of Sep-Nov. NIFS will be available only in the latter part of November. There is only one LGS run scheduled, also during the latter part of November. See the schedule posted here
    • MOS observations are not available through the Fast Turnaround program. 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
    • Assuming typical weather loss, it is expected that there will be ~20 useable hours to allocate to FT programs during this cycle. 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).
    • Please use the GemPhase1.tex/doc template to prepare the pdf required by the PIT, following the page limits specified in that file.
    • 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
    • As noted above, FT programs is now merged into the regular queue and not reserved for separate FT nights.
    • If <7 proposals are received, the program will not be cancelled (as happened earlier). We will instead send proposals to a standing panel of external reviewers, as well as PIs (or designated co-Is) reviewing each other's proposals in the usual way. See rule 12 and this blog post.

June 2015 Call for Proposals

Gemini North is accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) pilot 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), June 30
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, July 14;
    • Results will be announced by July 21;
    • Observations must be ready by August 01 and will remain valid until the end of October;
    • Starting in August, FT observations will be merged with the queue. They will not be scheduled only on specific Fast Turnaround nights as was done previously.

  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 but Canada has approximately 6 hrs remaining. See the rules and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Targets from RA~15 hrs – 8 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs of 15-17 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (August). RAs of 6-8 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (October).
    • Approximate coordinates of targets in the current FT queue are given here.

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North (only) is participating in the FT trial
    • GMOS, GNIRS, and NIRI will be available for the entire cycle. NIFS will not be available. See the schedule posted here
    • Short observations can generally be accommodated on non-FT nights (see rule 10 ). However, the visiting instrument DSSI is not offered for FT proposals.
    • MOS observations are not available through the Fast Turnaround program. 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
    • Assuming typical weather loss, we expect to have about 20 useable hours to allocate to FT programs during this cycle. 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).
    • While very good conditions can be requested, please note that FT observations will be executed in a “mini-queue” on dedicated nights with no compensation for weather losses.

  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).
    • Please use the GemPhase1.tex/doc template to prepare the pdf required by the PIT, following the page limits specified in that file.
    • 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
    • As noted above, FT programs will now be merged into the regular queue and not reserved for separate FT nights.

May 2015 Call for Proposals

Gemini North is accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) pilot 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), May 31
    • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, June 15;
    • Results will be announced by June 21;
    • Observations must be ready by July 01 and will remain valid until the end of September;
    • Observations will be executed on scheduled Fast Turnaround nights as shown here. Note that August and September FT dates have not yet been scheduled; we expect that there will be three nights in each of August and September for FT.

  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 but Canada has approximately 6 hrs remaining. See the rules and Q&A for more information.

  3. Acceptable RA ranges
    • Targets from RA~13 hrs – 6 hrs can be accepted during this cycle. Note that RAs of 13-15 will only be accessible for a few hours during the first month (July), and the block of FT nights in July is SB Any (bright time) for the first half of the nights. RAs of 4-6 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (September).
    • Approximate coordinates of targets in the current FT queue are given here.
    • This page gives some information about the number of observations already in the FT queue at a range of RAs.

  4. Available instruments and observing modes
    • Gemini North (only) is participating in the FT trial
    • GNIRS, NIFS, and Altair (natural guide star mode) are expected to be available for all June-July FT nights in this period. It is probable that GNIRS will be available in August.
    • NIRI is expected to be available for the July FT nights
    • The availability of GMOS in July and August depends on whether the CCD swap goes ahead as planned. At this point there is a good possibility that GMOS will be available in July and possibly August although the 15B schedule has not been finalized (as of May 28).
    • A very limited amount of LGS time is potentially available (one FT night in June falls in a laser guide star run; August and September nights are not yet scheduled).
    • Short observations can generally be accommodated on non-FT nights (see rule 10 ). However, the visiting instrument DSSI is not offered for FT proposals.
    • See the 2015A telescope schedule for details about instrument availability.
    • MOS observations are not available through the Fast Turnaround program. 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
    • Assuming typical weather loss, we expect to have about 20 useable hours to allocate to FT programs during this cycle. 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).
    • While very good conditions can be requested, please note that FT observations will be executed in a “mini-queue” on dedicated nights with no compensation for weather losses.

  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).
    • Please use the GemPhase1.tex/doc template to prepare the pdf required by the PIT, following the page limits specified in that file.
    • 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.

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