Full details on the proposal procedure, etc., can be found at;
In summary, a proposal is composed of:
http://www.naic.edu/~astro/proposals/cover.html. Full details of the submission procedure are also to be found at this web address.
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:
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