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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Results from the October FT cycle

This month, we received 17 proposals and accepted 7 for GN and 5 for GS.

Proposals for the next cycle are due Nov 30.  Successful proposals will be active for the period Jan – Mar.  The 22A instrument schedule is not yet available and may not be before the deadline.  At GN, we expect GMOS-N and GNIRS to be available for much of the cycle.  GRACES and NIFS are also available in January at least.  For GS, F2 will not be available for 3 weeks starting January 3 but we otherwise expect GMOS-S and F2 to be available.  Zorro will also be available in January. Please check the detailed schedules here: http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue

Some reminders:

Subaru affiliates may only apply during odd month cycles, which includes this current (November) call for proposals.  

Make sure to use the correct FT (DARP) template, and ensure your proposal is fully anonymized.  Starting next year we will be rejecting proposals that do not follow the DARP rules.  

Also, please remember that reviewers are expected to review ~8 proposals, and given the fairly small pool of proposals submitted to FT each cycle, many of these are likely to be outside of your field of expertise.  Please do not reject proposal assignments based on your expertise in the field.  On that same note, proposers should remember to make their proposals accessible to non-specialists in your field.

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Results from the September FT cycle

This month, we received 19 proposals and accepted 5 for GN and 6 for GS.

Proposals for the next cycle are due Oct 31.  Successful proposals will be active for the period Dec – Feb.  The 22A schedule is not yet available and likely will not be before the deadline.  However, for Dec-Jan note that GMOS-N, GNIRS, NIFS, NIRI, Altair, Alopeke, and GRACES will all be available at GN, and GMOS-S, F2, IGRINS, and Zorro will be available at GS.  Make sure to check the 21B telescope schedules for the detailed instrument availabilities in Dec-Jan.  http://www.gemini.edu/observing/schedules-and-queue

As a reminder, make sure to use the correct FT (DARP) template, and ensure your proposal is fully anonymized.  Starting next year we will be rejecting proposals that do not follow the DARP rules.

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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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