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Letters of Intent Invited for Gemini Large & Long Programs

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 06:45

Large or long programs at the Gemini Observatory are principal investigator-defined and -driven programs that require significantly more time than a partner typically approves for a single program, or that extend over two to six semesters, or both.

A letter of intent (LOI) to propose a Gemini large or long program must be received by email to by 2 February 2016. Letters should include the following information, in this order:

  • Title of project
  • Principal investigator (PI) with full name of institution and contact information (phone and email)
  • Co-investigators (Co-Is) with full name of institution
  • 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 2016 at 11:59 pm HAST (1 April 2016 at 09:59 UTC).

Note that letters of intent are intended to allow for the selection of the time allocation committee (TAC) with minimal conflict of interest and applicable scientific expertise. Secondly, the description of the proposed program will allow for a review 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.

For detailed information on Gemini large and long programs please see the Gemini website, and note that the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page is particularly helpful.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at NOAO (

Mia Hartman
National Optical Astronomy Observatory
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