Results from the Aug FT cycle

This month, the 3rd cycle of 22B, we received 18 valid proposals and accepted 12: 4 for GS, 7 for GN, and 1 split between sites. Students were notably highly involved in this past cycle. 9 proposals were thesis related, and 7 of those were accepted! Additionally, we had 7 student reviewers (5 of whom were awarded time).

Proposals for the next cycle are due Sep 30, 12:00 (NOON) HST.  Please note this change from earlier semesters. Successful proposals will be active for the period November – January 2023.  Make sure to check the detailed 22B instrument schedules http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue. Note that F2 MOS proposals are accepted for this coming round. Please see the CfP for more information.

Due to a several partners reducing their FT allocations, the hours awarded each month are slightly fewer than the previous ~20 hrs per month per telescope. For 22B, we expect to award up to ~15 hrs at GS and ~18 hrs at GN each month.

Please remember that the dual anonymous review process (DARP) rules are now enforced. Proposals must use the correct FT DARP templates. Any using a different template will be rejected at the start of the cycle. Furthermore, any proposals that are not sufficiently anonymized will be sent to the directorate for review.

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Results from the July FT cycle

This month, the 2nd cycle of 22B, we received 15 proposals and accepted 7 – 2 for GS and 5 for GN.

Proposals for the next cycle are due Aug 31, 12:00 (NOON) HST.  Please note this change from earlier semesters. Successful proposals will be active for the period October – December.  Make sure to check the detailed 22B instrument schedules http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue. Note that Gemini North will be in a shutdown starting October 10 for the remainder of the month. Please see the CfP for more information.

Due to a several partners reducing their FT allocations, the hours awarded each month will be slightly fewer than the previous ~20 hrs per month per telescope. For 22B, we expect to award up to ~15 hrs at GS and ~18 hrs at GN each month.

Please remember that the dual anonymous review process (DARP) rules are now enforced. Proposals must use the correct FT DARP templates. Any using a different template will be rejected at the start of the cycle. Furthermore, any proposals that are not sufficiently anonymized will be sent to the directorate for review.

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Results from the June FT cycle

This month, the first cycle of 22B, we received 13 proposals and accepted 8, 3 for GS and 5 for GN.

Proposals for the next cycle are due July 31, 12:00 (NOON) HST.  Please note this change from earlier semesters. Successful proposals will be active for the period September – November.  Make sure to check the detailed 22B instrument schedules http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue. Note that Gemini North will be in a shutdown starting October 10 for the remainder of the month. Also note that F2 is offered in MOS mode for this coming cycle. Please see the CfP for more information.

Due to a several partners reducing their FT allocations, the hours awarded each month will be slightly fewer than the previous ~20 hrs per month per telescope. We expect to award up to ~15 hrs at GS and ~18 hrs at GN each month.

Once again, as a reminder, at the start of each cycle, reviewers are asked to declare conflicts of interest on the proposals assigned for review, based solely on the proposal titles and abstracts. Author lists are hidden since we use a dual anonymous review process. Valid conflicts of interest might be e.g. cases where the science is very similar to one’s own or even competing with one’s own science, preventing an unbiased review, or because e.g. you work in a small field and feel convinced you know who the proposing team likely is. Not having expertise in the field is NOT a conflict of interest. The pool of FT proposals is small, so there is no way to provide every reviewer with 8 proposals that match their fields of study. We do use keywords to match up as many proposals as possible, and the rest are assigned randomly. You may not reject a proposal to review on the grounds that you are not familiar with the subject area. Starting this next cycle, PIs who reject proposals to review on this basis may have those proposals added back to their pool (in addition to any others they may have received when they first rejected the proposals).

Finally, remember that the dual anonymous review process (DARP) rules are now enforced. Proposals must use the correct FT DARP templates. Any using a different template will be rejected at the start of the cycle. Furthermore, any proposals that are not sufficiently anonymized will be sent to the directorate for review.

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Results from the May FT cycle

This month, the last cycle of 22A, we received 16 proposals and accepted 9, 3.5 for GS and 5.5 for GN (one proposal was split between sites).

Proposals for the next cycle are due June 30, 12:00 (NOON) HST.  Please note this change from previous semesters. Successful proposals will be active for the period August – October.  Make sure to check the detailed 22B instrument schedules http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue. Note that Gemini South will be in an engineering shutdown August 1-25 and Gemini North will be in a shutdown starting October 10 for the remainder of the month.

This June CfP will begin 22B. Note that due to a several partners reducing their FT allocations, the hours awarded each month will be slightly fewer than the previous ~20 hrs per month per telescope. We expect to award up to ~15 hrs at GS and ~18 hrs at GN each month.

As a reminder, at the start of each cycle, reviewers are asked to declare conflicts of interest on the proposals assigned for review, based solely on the proposal titles and abstracts. Author lists are hidden since we use a dual anonymous review process. Valid conflicts of interest might be e.g. cases where the science is very similar to one’s own or even competing with one’s own science, preventing an unbiased review, or because e.g. you work in a small field and feel convinced you know who the proposing team likely is. Not having expertise in the field is NOT a conflict of interest. The pool of FT proposals is small, so there is no way to provide every reviewer with 8 proposals that match their fields of study. We do use keywords to match up as many proposals as possible, and the rest are assigned randomly. You cannot reject a proposal to review on the grounds that you are not familiar with the subject area.

Finally, remember that the dual anonymous review process (DARP) rules are now enforced. Proposals must use the correct FT DARP templates. Any using a different template will be rejected at the start of the cycle. Furthermore, any proposals that are not sufficiently anonymized will be sent to the directorate for review.

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Results from the April FT cycle

This month we received 14 proposals and accepted 9, 4.5 for each of GN and GS (one proposal was split between sites).

Proposals for the next cycle are due May 31, 12:00 (NOON) HST.  Please note this change from previous semesters. Successful proposals will be active for the period July – September.  Please check the detailed 22A instrument schedules http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue for July. Note that the schedule for 22B (Aug, Sept) is not yet available. However, Gemini South will be in an engineering shutdown August 1-25, and GMOS-S will be removed from the telescope around mid-July ahead of the shutdown. We expect GMOS-S and F2 to be available after the shutdown. Furthermore, F2 is offered in MOS mode this cycle. Please see the CfP for more information. We plan to offer F2 MOS every other FT cycle. For Gemini North, we expect GNIRS to be available by the end of July. GNIRS, GMOS-N, and Maroon-X are offered this cycle. The availability of other instruments is not yet known.

This is the last cycle for 22A. Please note that the US has used up most of its time at Gemini South and is also starting to approach its limit at Gemini North. Proposals from the US for either site are still accepted during this call, but the number of US proposals accepted will be limited. Similarly, Korea has used up its time for Gemini North, but a few hours from its GS time may be used for GN proposals. Please see the CfP or contact the FT team with any questions.

As a reminder, Dual anonymous review process (DARP) rules are now enforced. Proposals must use the correct FT DARP templates. Any using a different template will be rejected at the start of the cycle. Furthermore, any proposals that are not sufficiently anonymized will be sent to the directorate for review.

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Results from the March FT cycle

This month we received 19 valid proposals and accepted 10 – 4 for GN and 6 for GS. We received an additional 4 proposals for instruments that were not offered during this call and were therefore rejected from the start. Please remember to check the current Call for Proposals to see what is offered each month before putting in the work to write your proposal!! If it is not clear if your preferred instrument/mode is available, please contact the Fast Turnaround team to check, as noted in the CfP.

Proposals for the next cycle are due Apr 30, 12:00 (NOON) HST.  Please note this change from previous semesters. Successful proposals will be active for the period Jun – Aug.  Please check the detailed 22A instrument schedules http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue for this period. Note that the schedule for 22B (August) is not available yet. However, Gemini South will be in an engineering shutdown August 1-25, and GMOS-S will be removed from the telescope around mid-July ahead of the shutdown. Check with the FT team if you have any questions about instrument availability for Gemini North in August. Also, please note that we are not offering F2 in MOS mode in the current CfP. We expect to offer F2 MOS every other FT cycle.

As a reminder, Dual anonymous review process (DARP) rules are now enforced. Proposals must use the correct FT DARP templates. Any using a different template will be rejected at the start of the cycle. Furthermore, any proposals that are not sufficiently anonymized will be sent to the directorate for review.

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Results from the February FT cycle

This month we received 12 proposals and accepted 7, 3 for GN and 4 for GS.

Proposals for the next cycle are due Mar 31, 12:00 (NOON) HST.  Please note this change from previous semesters. Successful proposals will be active for the period May – Jul.  Please check the detailed 22A instrument schedules http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue for this period.

We are happy to announce that we are accepting proposals for F2 in MOS mode in the current CfP. We expect to offer F2 MOS every other FT cycle, starting with this upcoming one. Please see the Call for Proposals for more information.

As a reminder, Dual anonymous review process (DARP) rules are now enforced. Proposals must use the correct FT DARP templates. Any using a different template will be rejected at the start of the cycle. Furthermore, any proposals that are not sufficiently anonymized will be sent to the directorate for review.

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Results from the January FT cycle

This month we received 23 proposals and accepted 8, 5 for GN and 3 for GS. We may have had a record number of students involved this round, with 6 proposals related to thesis work and 8 student reviewers.

Proposals for the next cycle are due Feb 28, 12:00 (NOON) HST.  Please note this change from previous semesters. Successful proposals will be active for the period Apr – Jun.  Please check the detailed 22A instrument schedules: http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue

Starting with this CfP, we will be enforcing the dual anonymous review process (DARP) rules. Proposals must use the correct FT DARP templates. Any using a different template will be rejected at the start of the cycle. Furthermore, any proposals that are not sufficiently anonymized will be sent to the directorate for review.

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Results from the December FT cycle

This month we received 13 proposals and accepted 10, 6 for GN and 4 for GS. Proposals for the next cycle are due Jan 31, 23:59 HST.  Successful proposals will be active for the period Mar – May.  Please check the detailed 22A instrument schedules: http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue

Due to some recent issues with reviewer scores, please note that our guidance on scoring has changed slightly. Please see the revised instructions on the webpages: http://www.gemini.edu/observing/phase-i/ft#Rules (in particular Rule 3f) and http://www.gemini.edu/observing/phase-i/ft#Assessment. Additionally, please keep in mind that proposals must have a mean score of at least 2 in order to be awarded time. We hope this will help normalize scores between reviewers. 

The January CfP is the final month of the year-long grace period for DARP (dual anonymous reviews). During this grace period, we have not penalized proposals that were non-DARP compliant. Starting with the February CfP, this will change, and proposals will be rejected or sent to the directorate for review. Also, starting with the February CfP, the proposal deadline will be changing. The January deadline remains the same, Jan 31, 23:59 HST.

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Results from the November FT cycle

This month we received 14 proposals and accepted 8 – 5 for GN and 3 for GS.   This was the last month for 21B.  All partner time usage will be reset to 0 for the start of 22A.

As a reminder, Reviewers should aim to use the full range of grades 0-4.  However, if none are particularly Poor or Excellent, you may use the range 1-3.   Assigning only grades 0-1 to proposals will certainly have the appearance of trying to game the system, as proposals with mean scores < 2 cannot be awarded time, and the FT team is likely to question your scoring and your ethics.  Furthermore, scores of 0 should be reserved for proposals with fatal flaws.  Assigning only scores 3-4 will also have the effect of giving a bump to all the proposals reviewed by you over all the other proposals not reviewed by you.

Proposals for the next cycle are due Dec 31.  Successful proposals will be active for the period Feb – Apr.  Please check the detailed 22A instrument schedules here: http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue

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