Results from the December 2022 FT cycle

In this past cycle (the first of 23A) we received 11 proposals for GS and accepted 6 of them.   Note that BR has very little remaining time in 23A.

For the next cycle, with proposal deadline 31 January, NOON HST, we continue to accept only proposals for Gemini South. Accepted proposals will be included in the queue for the period March – May. We are not accepting proposals for Gemini North until further notice. For more information, please check out this news item on our webpages.  

Please check the GS telescope and instrument schedule for 23A and Call for proposals for more information on available instruments and modes. Note that GMOS-S may be unavailable for most of May. The shutdown previously planned for April has been postponed until 23B.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Results from the November FT cycle

In this past cycle (the last of 22B) we received 14 proposals for GS and accepted 7 of them.  

For the first cycle of 23A, with proposal deadline 31 December, NOON HST, we continue to accept only proposals for Gemini South. We are not accepting proposals for Gemini North until further notice. For more information, please check out this news item on our webpages.  

Please check the GS telescope and instrument schedule for 23A and Call for proposals for more information on available instruments and modes. Note that the shutdown previously planned for April has been postponed until 23B.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Results from the November FT cycle

Results from the October FT cycle

In this past cycle we received 8 proposals for GN and 6 for GS.  Of those 8 for GN, 4 were able to convert to GS proposals.  Of these 10 proposals for GS, we awarded time for 6.  

For this last cycle of 22B, with proposal deadline 30 November, NOON HST, we are only accepting proposals for Gemini South. We are not accepting proposals for Gemini North until further notice. For more information, please check out this news item on our webpages.  

Note that at this time, the US has only 3.6hrs of time remaining at GS and BR has only 2 hrs remaining at GS.  All other participants with GS time have most of their time remaining.  Accepted proposals for this last cycle will be active 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2023. Although the 23A telescope schedule for GS is not yet available (for Feb-Mar), we expect that GMOS-S and F2 will be available throughout the cycle. F2 MOS is offered this cycle. Zorro and IGRINS are also expected to be available for some portion of this cycle.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Results from the October FT cycle

For the October and November FT cycles

Please note that for both the October cycle (reviews currently ongoing) and for the November cycle with proposal deadline November 30, we are only accepting proposals for Gemini South. We are not accepting proposals for Gemini North until further notice. For more information, please check out this news item on our webpages.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on For the October and November FT cycles

Results from the Sept FT cycle

This cycle we received 21 proposals and accepted 9, 5 at GN and 4 at GS. 

Proposals for the next cycle are due Oct 31, 12:00 (NOON) HST.  Please note this change from earlier semesters. Successful proposals will be active for the period December – February 2023.  As no proposals were received in the last call for F2 MOS, we are accepting proposals for this mode in this next cycle.  Please see the telescope schedules for the detailed instrument availability.  The 23A schedule is not yet available (including February) but we expect GMOS-N, GNIRS, GMOS-S, and F2 to be offered in that period.  

For prospective PIs from non-US partners, we want to encourage you to apply for FT time. Many non-US partners have already reduced their FT share of time from the original 10%, and without evidence for demand in the community, they may choose to reduce the allocations further or eliminate them altogether.  As a reminder, with FastTurnaround, you can apply for time throughout the year without a long wait for the regular queue deadline and another long wait to finally get your data.  Furthermore, many capabilities will be offered first in FT (e.g. F2 MOS, but looking ahead, we expect to offer the new B480 GMOS grating, the GNIRS IFUs, and GHOST in FastTurnaround first).   Additionally, with 4 FT cycles completed for 22B already, the US has used up much of its share of time.  Most other partners still have most of their remaining share left, although note that BR has only ~4.2 hrs remaining, KR has only about 6hrs, and AR has less than 4h available.   

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Results from the Sept FT cycle

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Results from the Aug FT cycle

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Results from the July FT cycle

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Results from the June FT cycle

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Results from the May FT cycle

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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Results from the April FT cycle