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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Although Fast Turnaround was only available at Gemini North, a total of 11 proposals was submitted in response to the June 2020 call. Five programs were awarded and all of them are GMOS-N programs. Two of the accepted proposals were from the US community, two from Canada, and one from the Subaru community.
The review process for the July 2020 call is still going on with 5 proposals and we will post the results once it is finalized.
We are accepting proposals for FT this month, but only for Gemini North!! Please check the Call for Proposals on the link below.
The FT calls for proposals were canceled from March to May, 2020 when both telescopes were closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Gemini North resumed their night time operation starting on May 19, 2020, but Gemini South remains closed.
The Fast Turnaround proposal mode was presented at this years winter AAS meeting. The poster included discussions on oversubscription rates recent publication rates.
The poster is included in this post.
The basic application statistics and completion rates for fast turnaround programs have been compiled.
The program has in general been oversubscribed during the last year with usage varying been participants relative to the time available to each partner.
For several partners the requested time is similar to the time allocated for FT. However, since the allocated time includes all weather conditions and most programs request good or average conditions the requested time for those conditions are higher than the allocated time. We encourage the partners requesting relatively little time to apply for FT time.
With the exception of University of Hawaii the typical awarded time relative to requested time is 50%. This is mostly ‘bimodal’ in that typically programs get all requested time or none due to oversubscription and/or a grade below the cutoff of 2.
The completion rate for approved programs is in general very good. Some programs are not started. This can include targets of opportunity that did not have a suitable target or time critical observations where the weather did not collaborate. However, for the programs that did get started (the large majority) most were fully or almost fully completed.
The Fast Turnaround program was again popular with several good proposals unfortunately not getting time. We note in general that many programs request good conditions and encourage the PIs to consider if the same science can be reached in slightly worse conditions.
Potential PIs should be aware that GMOS-N is off the telescope for most of March and that this also means that GRACES will not be offered.