General Announcements

Update on Gen 4#3 (OCTOCAM)

December 11th, 2017

On December 11th, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and the Gemini Observatory appointed Dr. Alexander van der Horst of George Washington University as the Interim Principal Investigator (PI) for Gen 4#3 (referenced as OCTOCAM), a next-generation astronomical instrument designed for the 8-meter Gemini South telescope in Chile. SwRI is the prime contractor with Gemini for the instrument.

The 2017 Request for Proposals for Instrument Upgrades is now open

July 24th, 2017

The Gemini Observatory consists of two 8-meter telescopes; one located on Maunakea in Hawaii, USA (Gemini North), the other on Cerro Pachón, Chile (Gemini South). The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) is the managing organization of the Gemini Observatory under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). Gemini Observatory Participant nations are the United States of America, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. For more information, visit the Gemini Observatory website at

RFP: Gemini HBF HVAC Renovations

March 23rd, 2017

In response to recent changes in requirements, the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc (AURA) announces that the original RFP has been revised. Only Bidders who previously submitted proposals are eligible to submit revised bid proposals.

Revised Bid Opens: March 23rd, 2017

Revised Bids are due: March 31st, 2017 3:00 pm HST

Please see the following four updated requirements for details pertaining to Revised RFP.

Announcing the Instrument Upgrade Request for Proposal

September 29th, 2016

Gemini is committed to providing our community a continually enhanced instrumentation suite. Gemini’s development program will provide funding to upgrade existing operational instrumentation to create new instrument capabilities at the Gemini North and/or Gemini South telescopes. The Observatory is seeking community-created, science-driven instrumentation upgrade proposals, and will consider any area that fits the set of IUP requirements provide in the RFP.