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Letters of Intent Invited for Gemini Large Programs

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 14:57

If you intend to submit a Large Program (LP) proposal to use the Gemini telescopes, a letter of intent (LOI) is due by 3 February 2014. For detailed information on Gemini Large Programs, please see the Gemini website. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) website is helpful as well.

An instruction summary for submitting a Gemini Large Program letter is as follows:

Letters of intent to propose a Gemini LP must be received by email to by 3 February 2014. Letters should include the information below, formatted as follows:

  • Title of Project
  • PI with full name of institution and contact information (phone and email)
  • Co-I's with full names of institutions
  • Instrument(s) to be requested
  • Broad scientific overview of the program (500-word limit)

Full proposals for a Gemini Large or Long Program are due by 31 March 2014.
Note that letters of intent are intended to allow for the selection of the telescope allocation committee (TAC) with minimal conflicts of interest and maximum applicable scientific expertise. Secondly, the description of the proposed program will allow for a review of the program in light of technical and operational constraints. Please keep this in mind when composing a letter of intent to ensure that relevant material is included, as the LOI proposal description is not meant to be the scientific justification.
In summary, a letter of intent for a Gemini Large (or Long) Program is due at by 3 February 2014. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) at

Mia Hartman
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
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