We’ve just received approval from the Board to start accepting Fast Turnaround proposals for Gemini South instrumentation. We’re still finalising the implementation (such as which instruments/modes can realistically be supported), but the first call for proposals including Gemini South is probably going to come out in October. The plan is that proposals for both telescopes will go into a single pool with time allocated according to merit rather than enforcing a strict 50:50 North:South division.
Also, Gemini staff can now be PIs on FT proposals (this was prohibited during the first few months while the scheme was becoming established). Special restrictions will apply to those of us involved in running the program. More staff are trained in FT support than are needed each month, so from now on we will work in pre-determined shifts and only be permitted to submit proposals in our off-duty months.