Results from the August FT cycle

This month, we received 16 proposals and accepted 7 for GN and 4 for GS.

Proposals for the next cycle are due Sep 30.  Successful proposals will be active for the period Nov – Jan.  Please  make sure to see the 21B telescope schedules for instrument availabilities. We occasionally receive proposals for instruments that are not available during the 3 month cycle and these must be rejected.  Also, for this upcoming cycle, please be aware the Gemini South will be in an engineering shutdown for most of November.

As a reminder, make sure to use the correct FT (DARP) template, and ensure your proposal is fully anonymized.

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Results from the July FT cycle

This month, we received 13 proposals and accepted 5 for GN and 4 for GS.

Proposals for the next cycle are due Aug 31.  Successful proposals will be active for the period Oct – Dec.  Please see the 21B telescope schedules for instrument availabilities. As a remember, make sure to use the correct FT (DARP) template, and ensure your proposal is fully anonymized.

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Results from the June 2021 cycle

This month, we received 17 proposals and accepted 7 for GN and 4 for GS.  There were a few cases where proposals were not fully anonymized as per the DARP rules (please see the FT DARP rules for more information).  In particular, do not provide direct links to your work or programs on other telescopes, and do not include any previous program IDs (at any telescope).

Proposals for the next cycle are due July 31.  Successful proposals will be active for the period Sept – Nov.  Please see the 21B telescope schedules for instrument availabilities.

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Proposals for the next cycle due June 30

Proposals for the next cycle are due June 30.  Successful proposals will be active for the period August – October.  Please see the 21B telescope schedules for instrument availabilities.

As a reminder for reviewers, please be courteous in your reviews.  You don’t know if the proposal you are reading was written by a veteran astronomer or a graduate student. Please try to provide constructive feedback.  For some tips on how to write useful reviews, please see the FT webpage.  For additional advice, please check out https://www.elsevier.com/connect/reviewers-update/theyve-got-it-all-wrong!-how-to-give-constructive-feedback-in-peer-review2.

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Results from the May 2021 cycle

This month we received 18 proposals, accepting 6 at GN and 4 at GS. We are pleased by the compliance and good reception of the DARP. As in the previous month, we remind PIs to make the effort to write proposals for non-specialists in your field, as this increases your chances of good reception by your peers.

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Results from the April 2021 cycle

We have just finished the April FT cycle review process.  We received a total of 20 proposals and were able to accept 5 at Gemini North and 5 at Gemini South.   It appeared that every proposal followed the DARP guidelines this time.  There were some complaints from reviewers that not all proposals were written to be accessible to the non-expert. Please remember, with the fairly small pool of potential reviewers, the reviewers of your proposal are unlikely to be experts in your field.

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April cycle proposals due this Friday

As a reminder, this will be the 3rd month of DARP (Dual anonymous review).  This has so far been going well.  Almost everyone has used the correct DARP template. However, there have been cases where proposers have identified themselves within the text with statements like ‘we did X [ref]’.   Any statement that identifies the proposing team should be avoided. This also includes comments such as ‘student-led project’ which, as one reviewer pointed out, is similar to stating eg ‘female-led’.  However, if the proposal relates to thesis work or any student project, this should be noted.  It is also allowed to mention previous observations which relate to the proposal, as long as the program IDs (or other identifying information) are not explicitly given.  Reviewers are directed to comment on cases of non-anonymity, but to not yet penalize any proposals that were not fully anonymized. This rule will remain in place for the first year of this process, as we work to clarify the DARP dos and don’ts.   Reviewers are also reminded to not go out of their way to identify the proposing team.   Even if you think you know, you may be wrong.

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Results from the March 2021 cycle

We received 24 proposals and 13 proposals (6 at GN and 7 at GS) were awarded from this cycle.  Total awarded hours are 19.41hr to successful GN proposals and 19.12hr to GS proposals. 10 proposals were submitted by the PIs from the US, 2 from Brazil, and 1 from Korea.

Congratulations!

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March 2021 Fast Turnaround

We received 24 proposals for the March 2021 cycle. 13 proposals are requesting time at Gemini North and 11 at Gemini South. GMOS-N and GMOS-S are the most popular as expected, followed by GNIRS (3 proposals), F2 (3), GRACES (3), IGRINS (1), and NIRI+NGS (1).

The review process has started! Reviewers will submit their reviews by April 14 and the final results will be announced on April 21.

Thanks!

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July Fast Turnaround and August Call for Proposals

We received 5 proposals covering a wide redshift range (Solar System objects to the targets in more distant universe). Three of them were awarded this month and those programs will be in Gemini North queue once their programs are ready.

The August Call for Proposals can be found here –> https://www.gemini.edu/observing/phase-i/ft/ft-cfp

We only accept proposals for Gemini North since Gemini South is still closed. Proposals with the GMOS MOS observations (including pre-imaging) are also allowed!

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