FAQ for Arecibo Observatory Proposals
These questions relate to the Arecibo Observatory Proposal Guidelines introduced in the Call for Proposals for September 1, 2016. Information on the more major changes and the rationale behind them can also be found here.
- Which proposals have continuing status this round? (July 2016)
Proposals only have continuing status if they have been notified of this. Any proposer who has not received a notification should assume they need to reapply as normal when the present approval expires.
- How does a proposal ask for continuing status? (July 2016)
Proposals do not specifically request continuing status, but will be considered for continuing status where this is appropriate, in line with the guidelines in the Proposal Guide. To be considered for such status, a proposal should be planned to continue beyond a year and should have a track record as an approved project.
- Do proposals submitted in March 2016 have to re-apply this round? (July 2016)
This is not a 'hard reset' of the system, so proposals submitted in March 2016 do not have to re-apply, unless they were approved only for a single semester and were going to be re-applying in September 2016 anyway. All proposals submitted at earlier deadlines will need to reapply – this has been standard for A, P and R proposals for a number of years, but now applies to T proposals as well.
- Are proposals to use the HF facility being accepted this round? (July 2016)
No, there has been a separate Call for HF proposals with a deadline for August 12, 2016. HF proposals should be submitted to that call only, and will receive a proposal number prceeded by the letter 'H'.
- The guidelines say proposals should be 3 pages, but I found another web page that says proposals should be 4 pages. Which is correct? (August 2016)
The guidelines are correct, proposals should be 3 pages, but it turns out we didn't catch everywhere that says 4 pages. If you do come across somewhere saying 4 pages please let me know so I can update it! (And thanks to everyone who has cotacted me already.)
- Does my ongoing project have continuing status? (August 2016)
We had a very small number of astronomy proposals that were already not required to propose annually as they were commensal projects or ASAC had previously decided it was not necessary to review fully every year. These have been grandparented in as “continuing” projects, but for the first couple of application rounds after the change (September 2016 and March 2017) everyone who would have had to submit a proposal under the old rules will still have to submit a proposal. ASAC will then assign “continuing” status when it reviews these proposals, thus ensuring the decision is made by a committee with external members rather than just by Arecibo staff.
If you have any questions not answered here or in the other documents, please contact me (Robert Minchin) at email@example.com.