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Proposals for standard observing programs at all NOIRLab facilities, at partner facilities, and at private facilities that provide some open-access time through the NOIRLab time allocation process, can be submitted twice each year. Deadlines are the last day in September for the following “A” semester (Feb 1 – Jul 31) and the last day in March for the following “B” semester (Aug 1 – Jan 31). Survey programs are accepted annually or when sufficient time is available for new programs, and investigators must submit a letter of intent to propose in advance.

Proposals for semester 2021B (01 August 2021 - 31 January 2022) will be due on 31 March 2021. Time Allocation Meetings will take place 03 May - 07 May 2021.

NOIRLab Proposal Form This page provides access to web tools for writing, verifying, and submitting your proposal.

Time Allocation Policies

Survey Programs NSF's OIR Lab offers the opportunity to conduct major survey programs of up to 3 years duration. Up to 20% of the observing time available through NOIRLab may be allocated to Survey Programs.  There is no call for survey proposals this semester.

Access to NOIRLab facilities through HST, Chandra, Fermi, and GLAST:                                            

Time Allocation Committee The NOIRLab Time Allocation Committee (TAC) meets semi-annually to advise the NOIRLab Director on the allocation of telescope time. The TAC comprises seven broad discipline-based panels plus special panels to handle survey or other proposals. TAC members are appointed by the chair of the NOIRLab TAC process.


Last updated or reviewed August 24, 2021.