How to Propose

Full details on the proposal procedure, etc., can be found at;
http://www.naic.edu/~astro/proposals/proposal.shtml.

In summary, a proposal is composed of:

Following the submission of a proposal, the Observatory will notify the authors that it has been received and specify an identification number. Proposals will be sent out to a number of anonymous referees (neither NAIC nor ``management troika'' staff, but with different referees for planetary radar, pulsar, non-pulsar astronomy, and space and atmospheric physics.) The recommendations of the referees serve to guide the Arecibo Scheduling Advisory Committee (ASAC) in respect of the time allocation and relative ranking of all proposals. The ASAC meets as soon as the referees' grades and reviews have all been received. Subsequently, proposers are notified of the outcome for their project. Referee comments and grades are made available to proposers at this time, as are the ``broad rankings'' allocated by ASAC. These ``broad rankings'' are as follows:

A:
Such proposals will be put into the scheduling queue and scheduled for the time awarded during the semester for which they were accepted, or if that proves impossible during the subsequent semester.

B:
These proposals will often be scheduled in the semester(s) for which they were accepted. If they are not scheduled during that period, they expire and resubmission will be required. Allocation of the full requested or allocated observing time is not guaranteed.

C:
Such proposals are not considered "approved projects" but may be scheduled owing to low proposal pressure within the relevant LST range. They are in effect "filler" projects. They will only be considered for scheduling in the semester(s) for which time was originally requested. The proposer is invited to submit a revised version.

D:
These proposals will not be scheduled.

The scheduler (Hector Hernández) will now prepare the telescope schedule for the coming months, guided by the deliberations of ASAC. It should be emphasized that because of the special requirements of the different research areas which use the telescope, and the semi-transit nature of the instrument, scheduling is a difficult task requiring interaction with proposers and the flexibility to accommodate what are often conflicting demands. Therefore, it is not always possible to schedule in a ``linear'' fashion, strictly accommodating every priority. Nor is it possible to schedule everything some months in advance. Depending on circumstances, some proposals will take longer to be placed on the schedule than others.

Robert Minchin 2017-10-30