23 January 2020

James Webb Space Telescope Cycle 1 Call for Proposals Reopened

This post is adapted from a Space Telescope Science Institute email and webpage:

James Webb Space Telescope Artist's ConceptWith the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) still on track for early 2021, the JWST Cycle 1 call for proposals has been reopened, with up to 6,000 hours available for general observers. Multiple categories of proposals are offered, determined by program size and other criteria. In addition to observing time, the JWST project is offering funding for archival research and theoretical research.

Deadline: Cycle 1 proposals are due by 8:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (UTC – 4 hours) on Friday, 1 May 2020.

In the period before the deadline, the JWST community has organized many local proposal preparation workshops. Please consult the list of workshops in the Americas and in Europe/Africa/Asia/Australia to see if there is one near you.

Participation in this program is open to all categories of organizations, both domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, profit and nonprofit organizations, NASA centers, and other government agencies.

The current release of the Astronomer's Proposal Tool, required for proposal submission, can be used to prepare proposals. We encourage prospective investigators to start preparing their proposals as soon as possible. The final version for Cycle 1 use will be released in early March. The Cycle 1 Time Allocation Committee will meet in late July/early August 2020. Results of the selection will be announced in late August.

All programmatic and technical information, as well as specific guidelines for proposal preparation, are available electronically from the JWST Cycle 1 Call for Proposals page on STScI's website, with additional information on the Resources for Crafting Your Proposals page.

Proposals must be submitted for review using the dual anonymous format. Questions can be addressed to STScI's JWST Help Desk. Visit the JWST Observer News page regularly for additional updates and information.