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2012B : Appel d’offre OPTICON Call for Proposals ( english )

Call for Proposals to be supported via the OPTICON Trans-National Access programme in semester 2012B

Within the OPTICON contract under FP7, its Trans-National Access programme is moving towards even greater integration and coordination of the participating telescopes. As part of this move, the funding for the programme has been pooled, and the proposals for OPTICON time at all the telescopes are being reviewed together by a single international Time Allocation Committee (TAC) to ensure network-wide competition and uniform review criteria. The call for observing time at night time telescopes supported by the OPTICON Trans-National Access is now open with a deadline of 1200 UT on 29 February 2012. The semester is centred on August 2012 to January 2013, but there are small variations at some telescopes to accommodate their normal semesters and maximise scheduling flexibility. It is important to be aware that the present OPTICON contract ends on 31 December 2012. Accordingly projects which can only be scheduled after this date may not be allocated, or may be allocated telescope time but without any guarantee of financial support for travel. Please be aware of this contraint when planning your request. Proposals must meet certain EU and OPTICON rules for formal eligibility concerning team membership. Broadly speaking, the PI and at least half of the Co-I’s must be working at Institutions from EU member states or EU associated countries but which are outside the country/ies which own the telescope. Please also note the prohibition on projects which could be applied for by the PI using the national mechanisms open to them. If in doubt, contact the Project Scientist for clarification.

The maximum number of nights available at each facility is given in the table. It may be possible to move projects between telescopes to match scientific rating and demand. If your project can be done at more than one facility indicate in the technical case any alternate choices and note any technical issues such as changes in the time request which would result.