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Fast Turnaround Block

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 2021B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), October 31.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21B PIT is used for submission.
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, Nov 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by Nov 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Nov 30. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 December until 28 February 2022.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. 
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2021B/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and adjust grades only if necessary.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may not submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles.  Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 22.5 hr to 16 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 22.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Dec) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 16h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Feb) 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 = 00 hr to 16 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 0h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Dec) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 16h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Feb) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule. Please note that Feb 2022 instrument schedule is yet not decided.
  • GMOS, GNIRS, NIFS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021B telescope schedule for specific availability including 'Alopeke, GRACES, and MAROON-X. 
  • NIRI and NIFS are offered with Altair NGS and LGS.  

Gemini South

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule. Please note that Feb 2022 instrument schedule is yet not decided.
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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 2021B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), September 30.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21B PIT is used for submission.
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, Oct 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by Oct 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Oct 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 November until 31 January 2022.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. 
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2021B/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and adjust grades only if necessary.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • We further welcome Japanese community PI proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with this September CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles.  Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 20 hr to 14.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 20h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Nov) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 14.5h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Jan) 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 = 21 hr to 14 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 20.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Nov) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 14h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Jan) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule.
  • GMOS, GNIRS, NIFS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021B telescope schedule for specific availability including 'Alopeke, GRACES, and MAROON-X. 
  • NIRI and NIFS are offered with Altair NGS and LGS.  

Gemini South

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule
  • The telescope maintenance shutdown has been moved to Nov 2 and is expected to last about 3 weeks.  Please check the telescope schedule for updates.
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. Please note that additionally, F2 may be unavailable between Nov 25 and Dec 15. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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 2021B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), August 31.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21B PIT is used for submission.
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, Sept 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by Aug 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Sept 30. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 October until 31 December 2021.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. 
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2021B/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and adjust grades only if necessary.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • We further welcome Japanese community PI proposals.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, please note that starting with the September CfP, the Japanese community will only be able to apply for up to 4hrs of time on odd numbers months (Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov).  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 19 hr to 12 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 19h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Oct) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 12h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Dec) 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 = 19.5 hr to 11 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 19.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Oct) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 11h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Dec) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule.
  • There is a telescope shutdown scheduled for Aug 23 - Sept 3.
  • GMOS, GNIRS, NIFS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021B telescope schedule for specific availability including 'Alopeke, GRACES, and MAROON-X. 
  • NIRI and NIFS are offered with Altair NGS and LGS.  

Gemini South

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule
  • There is a telescope maintenance shutdown probably in November. Check the telescope schedule aat the time of submission
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. Please note that additionally, F2 may be unavailable between Nov 25 and Dec 15. Also GMOS will be at least one week off in September.
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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 2021B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), July 31.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21B PIT is used for submission.
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, Aug 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by Aug 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Aug 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 September until 30 November 2021.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. 
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2021B/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and adjust grades only if necessary.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • We further welcome Japanese community PI proposals.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, please note that starting with the September CfP, the Japanese community will only be able to apply for up to 4hrs of time on odd numbers months (Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov).  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 17 hr to 10 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 17h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Sept) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 10h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Nov) 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 = 16.5 hr to 8.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 16.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Sept) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 8.5h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Nov) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule.
  • There is a telescope shutdown scheduled for Aug 23 - Sept 3.
  • GMOS, GNIRS, NIFS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021B telescope schedule for specific availability including 'Alopeke, GRACES, and MAROON-X. 
  • NIRI and NIFS are offered with Altair NGS AND LGS.  

Gemini South

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule
  • There is a telescope maintenance shutdown Oct 12 - 31.
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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 2021B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), June 30.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21B PIT is used for submission.
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, July 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by July 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is July 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 August until 31 October 2021.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. 
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2021B/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and adjust grades only if necessary.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found in the PDF document linked here

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • 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. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 16.5 hr to 7.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 16.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (August) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 7.5h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (October) 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 = 15 hr to 7 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 15h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (August) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 7h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (October) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule.
  • There is a telescope shutdown scheduled between August 23 and September 3rd.  
  • GMOS, GNIRS, NIFS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021B telescope schedule for specific availability including 'Alopeke, GRACES, and MAROON-X. 
  • NIRI and NIFS are offered with Altair NGS AND LGS.  

Gemini South

  • Please see the 21B telescope schedule
  • There is a possible two-week shutdown in October, with specific dates TBD
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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 2021B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), May 31.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21B PIT is used for submission.
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, June 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by June 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is June 30. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 July until 30 September 2021.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we hae been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. 
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2021B/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and adjust grades only if necessary.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found in the PDF document linked here

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • 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. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. However, Brazil has only 1.5h remaining at GN and Korea has only 1.2h remaining at GS. See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 13.5 hr to 6 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 13.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (July) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 6h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Sept.) 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 = 11.5 hr to 6 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 11.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (July) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 6h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (Sept) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please check the GN 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities. Try checking later this month for the 21B telescope schedule.
  • There is a telescope shutdown scheduled for 2 weeks in August.  
  • GMOS, GNIRS, NIFS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021A telescope schedule (and 21B when it is published) for specific availability including 'Alopeke, GRACES, and MAROON-X. 
  • NIRI and NIFS are offered with Altair NGS AND LGS.  

Gemini South

  • Please check the GS 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities  Try checking later this month for the 21B telescope schedule. 
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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 2021A PIT must be used (it was most recently updated March 23).

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), April 30.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21A PIT is used for submission.
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, May 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by May 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is May 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 June until 31 August 2021.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Starting from Feb 2021, we have implemented a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. 
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2021A/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and adjust grades only if necessary.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found in the PDF document linked here

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • 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. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 10.5 hr to 4.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 10.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (June) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 4.5h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (August) 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 = 9 hr to 6 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 9h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (June) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 6h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (August) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please check the GN 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities later this month.
  • There is a telescope shutdown scheduled for 2 weeks in August starting on August 9th. 
  • GMOS, GNIRS, NIFS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021A telescope schedule for specific availability including 'Alopeke, GRACES, and MAROON-X. 
  • NIRI and NIFS are offered with Altair NGS AND LGS.  

Gemini South

  • Please check the GS 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities. 
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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 2021A PIT must be used (it was most recently updated January 19).

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), March 31.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21A PIT is used for submission.
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, Apr 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by Apr 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Apr 30. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 May until 31 Jul 2021.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Starting from Feb 2021, we have implemented a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. 
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2021A/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and adjust grades only if necessary.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found in the PDF document linked here

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • 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. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 8 hr to 2.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 8 will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (May) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 2.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (July) 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 = 7 hr to 4 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 7h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (May) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 4h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (July) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please check the GN 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities. 
  • GMOS, GNIRS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021A telescope schedule for specific availability including Alopeke, GRACES, and MAROON-X. 
  • NIRI + Altair NGS AND LGS is offered.  
  • NIFS is currently NOT offered.

Gemini South

  • Please check the GS 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities. 
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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 2021A PIT must be used (it was most recently updated January 19).

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), February 28.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21A PIT is used for submission (note this has been updated since the previous FT cycle).
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, Mar 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by March 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Mar 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 Apr until 30 Jun 2021.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Starting from Feb 2021, we are implementing a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. 
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2021A/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and adjust grades only if necessary.)
  • More detailed guidelines can be found in the PDF document linked here

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • 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. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 5 hr to 0.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 5 will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Apr) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 23.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (June) 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 = 5.5 hr to 1.0 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 5.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Apr) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 1.0h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (June) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please check the GN 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities. 
  • GMOS, GNIRS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021A telescope schedulse for specific availability including Alopeke, GRACES, and MAROON-X. 
  • NIRI + Altair NGS is offered.  Altair is not offered with any other instrument this cycle. LGS is NOT yet offered.

Gemini South

  • Please check the GS 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities. 
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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 2021A PIT must be used (it was most recently updated January 19).  We would also like to alert you to an upcoming change in the FT program - starting with the February CfP, we will be implementing a dual anonymous review process.  New proposal templates will become available and will be required. 

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 23:59, Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), January 31.
  • Please ensure the latest version of the 21A PIT is used for submission (note this has been updated since the previous FT cycle).
  • Reviews must be complete by 23:59 HST, Feb 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by Feb 21.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Feb 28. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 Mar until 31 May 2021.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

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. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit. See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 3.5 hr to 22.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 3.5 will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Mar) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 22.5 will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (May) 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 = 4 hr to 23 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 4h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (Mar) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 23h will only be accessible for a few hours during the final month (May) 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.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • Please check the GN 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities. 
  • GMOS, GNIRS, and NIRI are offered this cycle. Please check the 2021A telescope schedulse for specific availability including Alopeke, GRACES, and Maroon-X. 
  • NIRI + Altair NGS is offered.  Altair is not offered with any other instrument this cycle. LGS is NOT yet offered.

Gemini South

  • Please check the GS 2021A telescope schedule for the instrument availabilities. 
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are 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.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle 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 to 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.

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 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.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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