Information on what LCO can do
How to apply
Because observers access the LCO network on their own schedule through the internet, only a short time is needed to initiate new projects and allocations. The current LCO semesters start April 1 and October 1, but this is a poor match for the NOAO TAC meetings in late October (A semester) and late April (B semester). In 2017 we will bring LCO's semesters into sync with the NOAO TAC schedule with a single, unusually long 'AB' semester. All subsequent years will be split into the A and B semesters indicated below.
|2017AB semester||April 1 to November 30, 2017|
|A semesters||December 1 to May 31|
|B semesters||June 1 to November 30|
|Nominal maximum duration of new key projects||April 1, 2017 to May 31, 2020|
|Deadline for Key Project letters of intent||November 1, 2016|
|Deadline for Key Project proposals through LCO||December 15, 2016|
|Deadline for Biannual TAC proposals through NOAO, A semester||September 30|
|Deadline for Biannual TAC proposals through NOAO, B semester||March 31|
|Deadline for Biannual TAC proposals through NOAO, 2017AB semester||February 2017|
Approximately 1200 hours of 1-m time and 220 hours of 2-m time will be available to the U.S. community per semester via the Open Access Program. Time is charged as it is used, including observation overhead, but not weather or technical downtime.
2017 Key Projects Call (letter of intent to propose required)
The NOAO TAC will evaluate US community proposals for LCO Open Access time, with LCO staff providing feedback on the technical feasibility at the TAC's request. NOAO will notify applicants of the outcome of their proposals, and forward the details of successful proposal to LCO. Successful PIs will then be invited to create accounts on the LCO system, where LCO will initialize their projects and add the allocated time to them.