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RFP for Gemini Instrument Upgrades: Small Project

October 7th, 2015

Gemini is seeking to upgrade its operational instruments to keep them scientifically competitive. Gemini’s development program will provide funding to upgrade existing operational instrumentation, creating new instrument capabilities at the Gemini North and/or South telescopes. The Observatory is seeking community-created, science-driven instrumentation upgrade proposals, and will consider any area that fits the set of IUSP requirements provide in the RFP.

Gemini has a total budget of $200,000 for the IUSP in this call and is intending to fund two or more projects; however, compelling proposals requesting up to the whole budget will be fully considered. Gemini also welcomes proposals to perform instrument upgrades with minimal or no funding from Gemini.

Proposal documents, including RFP, Proposal form, and sample contract, can be found here.

*This date is estimated and included only to provide proposers scheduling guidance. Selection may occur sooner or later than anticipated and is dependent upon how quickly the required approvals can be obtained.
IUSP RFP Selection EventsDate
Release RFP 6 October 2015
Intent to Submit Quote 27 November 2015
Quote Deadline 17 December 2015 at 4:00 PM (MST)
Contractor selection 1 February 2016*

RFP Questions and Answers and Amendments

All questions must be emailed to Karen Godzyk at Please do not contact a Gemini employee directly with questions. All questions and answers will be posted on the website. Please be sure to check back regularly for updates.

All amendments to the Request for Proposals documents are posted below in order of the date released. Please review prior to submitting your quote.

Gemini Observatory Participants