Last Update: 15th June 2017

Pre-announcement of Call for Proposals for the 2017-2018 Observing Season

Nobeyama Radio Observatory, a branch of National Astronomical Observatory of Japan informs you the deadlines of proposals for the 2017-2018 observing season. The official call for proposals will come later.

Hideyuki Kobayashi
Acting Director, Nobeyama Radio Observatory, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan



A Brief Summary of 2017-2018 Observing Season

3000 hours and 300 hours are expected to be available for open-use observations and Guaranteed Time Observations, respectively.

Semester Category Submission Deadline Observing Period
Semester 2017A Regular Program Friday 1st September 2017,
15:00JST [06:00UT]
Friday 8th December 2017 --
Wednesday 28th February 2018
Short Program
Back-up Program*
Guaranteed Time Observations
Large Program Friday 8th December 2017 --
Tuesday 15th May 2018
Semester 2017B Regular Program Tuesday 12th December 2017,
15:00JST [06:00UT]
Thursday 1st March 2018 --
Tuesday 15th May 2018
Short Program
Guaranteed Time Observations
Joint Proposal for the Nobeyama 45-m
Telescope and the ASTE Telescope**
March 2018 -- April 2018
--- Director's Discretionary Time Anytime after Submission Deadline
for Each Semester
Friday 8th December 2017 --
Tuesday 15th May 2018
*Available for researchers affiliated with Japanese institutes.
**Joint proposals with the ASTE will be accepted only if the ASTE is open for this semester.

Information about the 2017-2018 Observing Season

1. Open Use Period
From 8th December 2017 to 15th May 2018

It is subdivided into two semesters:
Semester 2017A: 8th December 2017 -- 28th February 2018
Semester 2017B: 1st March 2018 -- 15th May 2018

2. Observing Categories

There are seven observing categories available for the Nobeyama 45-m telescope.

Regular Programs:
Regular Program is a program requiring the observing time less than 200 hours. Two deadlines are set for the Regular Program for 2017-2018 observing season.

Large Programs:
A Large Program must be based on a strong scientific argument and has a potential of leading to projects with significant impact over 200 hours in total over up to 2 years (over 300 hr proposal will be automatically assigned over two years). The PI should request to obtain data in the period of either 1 or 2 years in the Science Justification part. The observatory may ask the PI to change to 2 years dependent on demand of an LST range.

Short Programs:
Short programs are for exploratory observations or follow-up of previous observations. Time request for the short programs is limited up to 20 hours.

Back-up Programs:
Back-up Programs are for observations at 20 GHz-band and/or 40 GHz-band that do not require good weather conditions. Back-up observations are conducted when high-frequency programs give up observations because of inadequate weather conditions. Back-up Programs are available for researchers affiliated with Japanese institutes.

Joint Proposals with the ASTE telescope:
Projects that scientifically benefit by observing at both ASTE and Nobeyama 45-m telescopes are encouraged to submit their proposals to this category. Joint proposals with the ASTE will be accepted only if the ASTE is open for this semester.

Guaranteed Time Observations (GTO):
Details for GTO programs such as who can submit a proposal will be informed on the Call for Proposal.

3. Deadlines

45-m Semester 2017A (Regular, Large, Short, GTO, and Back-up programs):
1st September 2017, 15:00JST [06:00UT]

45-m Semester 2017B (Regular, Short, GTO, and Joint with the ASTE programs):
12th December 2017, 15:00JST [06:00UT]

The observatory only accepts Target of Opportunity observations for Regular, Short, DDT programs.

4. Facility Receivers

H22, H40, Z45, T70, and FOREST receivers will be available for the open use.
TZ receiver will be decommissioned. (Observations in On-On mode can be performed with FOREST receiver, instead.)

5. Questions?

Although the details should be changed, information for the last observing season (2016-2017) may help you to prepare a proposal.

Any questions about observations and preparations of proposals should be submitted through the helpdesk.


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