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Phase I Tool

The Gemini Phase I Proposal Tool

The Gemini Phase I Tool (PIT) can be used for proposal preparation and submission to all of the Gemini partner countries. Please check the partner-specific instructions maintained by your National Gemini Office (e.g. by following the links in the Phase I overview) to check on the correct procedure for your country.

The PIT is a Java program that must be loaded onto a local computer (it is not a webform). Best performance is achieved by installing the PIT on individual machines although some institutions may prefer a site installation if they have adequate network resources. See the installation instructions for further details. Assistance with its use can be found at the PIT Help pages.

caution The PIT is updated every semester to accommodate new instruments and observing modes. We recommended reading the brief summary of new policies, features, and improvements described in the PIT Release Notes. Here is a summary of the PIT versions to use when submitting different types of proposals:

Mode Status PIT Version
Queue Closed - 2015A proposals will be accepted in September 2014
Large and Long Closed - the next round of proposals will be accepted in March 2015
Director's Discretionary Time Open 2014B-SV_2014.2.2
Poor Weather Open 2014B-SV_2014.2.2

Each Gemini partner country runs its own Phase I proposal process. All joint proposals must be submitted through the PIT. Backend servers installed at all partners' National Offices allow automatic electronic submission to multiple partners at the same time.  It is strongly encouraged that all investigators use the Gemini Phase I Tool for creating and submitting proposals. Any proposal not generated by the PIT must be converted into a specifically structured XML (eXtensible Markup Language) file for transmission from the National TACs to Gemini Observatory in order for the files to be ingested into the Gemini observing database.