Research Support

Travel Support for Thesis Students

Travel and on-site expenses of graduate students at U.S. institutions observing as part of a Ph.D thesis program at Gemini Observatory, KPNO, CTIO, or at private observatories through community-access programs, will be paid by NOAO. To qualify, the proposal must be designated as a thesis at the time the proposal is submitted, and the proposal must be accompanied by a Thesis Student Information Form. This web-based form should be completed by the student’s faculty advisor and must be submitted within two business days after the proposal deadline (i.e., Monday Oct 4, 2010 for the 2011A call for proposals) in order to be included for review by the TAC. Proposals submitted without an accompanying completed Thesis Student Information Form will not be considered as Thesis proposals by the TAC. Late submissions will not be considered for funding support.

Thesis-student travel reimbursement must be coordinated with the respective observatories for KPNO and CTIO related travel, with NSSC for Gemini travel, and with Mia Hartman for travel related to community-access time at private observatories (e.g. Keck, MMT, Magellan). Reimbursement will require submitting a signed NOAO Travel Expense Form with original receipts for airline tickets and other appropriate information (e.g. printouts from the Web). Reimbursement requests should be submitted within 30 days of the completion of the approved travel. The student (or organization) should receive reimbursement within three to four weeks.


Page Charge Support for Archival Research

NOAO has funds available to support page charges for papers utilizing data from the NOAO Science Archive through an NSF grant to support cyber-infrastructure and cyber-science. This opportunity applies to papers making use of archived data from NOAO Survey Programs, as well as archival use of raw or pipeline-reduced data retrieved from the NOAO Science Archive.  It is not meant for PIs or Co-Is who are writing papers based on data from their own NOAO observing programs.

Researchers who are submitting papers that use data retrieved from the NOAO Archives should, at the time of journal submission, send an electronic copy of the manuscript to, stating that they are requesting support from the NSA page charge fund and indicating the journal to which the manuscript has been submitted. Following review for eligibility, the NOAO librarian will respond with confirmation that page charge support will be provided. Papers for which such support is requested must acknowledge the source of the data.

Last updated or reviewed March 1, 2011.