MMT and FLWO: January-April trimester
Magellan: January-July semester
Proposals are submitted using the
online proposal form.
Paper (including FAX) proposals are not accepted.
Proposal Cover Page
Input the title, PI, and other relevant information for your project.
Include a brief abstract. When the proposals are collated for the
TAC, abstracts longer than 100 characters are truncated.
To check the length of your cover page, you can generate a
Postscript file with the online software.
Cover pages longer than 1 page will be truncated.
Please request the number of nights needed for this proposal
and (for long-term projects) the number of nights needed to
complete the project. Please do not correct time requests for
the possibility of poor weather.
Proposals for Multiple Instruments & Multiple Telescopes
To facilitate organizing and reviewing proposals, please
submit a proposal for EACH instrument on each
telescope (even if the same telescope).
Each proposal should contain a request for ONE instrument only.
The copy proposal button makes proposal duplication easy.
Types of Proposals
We have 4 types of proposals.
Engineering proposals to test instruments, telescope hardware, or
Short proposals for projects that can be completed in one trimester
Long proposals, initial submission for projects that require several
trimesters to complete.
Long proposals, continuing for long term projects that have been
allocated time previously.
Upload a Postscript file with your scientific justification.
To generate a proper Postscript file from a DVI file:
dvips -Ppdf -o Proposal.ps Proposal.dvi
Using this command will generate better computer readable fonts
for the TAC review.
Include a list of refereed publications using data
from CfA facilities for this project.
Please do not include a list of all of your publications.
Tips for Successful Proposals
We recommend 1-2 pages of text, 1-2 figures, and less than
a page of references and other supplementary material.
Use 12 point or larger font.
Color figures are accepted but are not printed out in color
for the TAC review. They are available online for TAC members
to consult if needed.
Long term projects should contain a clear summary of the
total number of nights needed to complete the project. Once
a long term project is accepted, subsequent proposals should
contain a brief summary of the project, and a more detailed
summary of the progress made with previous allocations of time
and the number of nights needed for completion.
All proposals should include a brief summary of progress/publications
with previous allocations of telescope time. This summary should be
short enough to fit in the one page of references and supplementary
material noted above.