[ASA] Gemini Instrument Upgrade Projects: Request for Proposals coming soon

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Sun Sep 11 22:27:12 AEST 2016

Gemini Observatory is planning to invite the community to participate in the 2016 Request for Proposals (RfP) for Instrument Upgrades. The instrument upgrade initiative aims to establish annual proposal calls for science-driven upgrades to Gemini's facility instruments – including projects that may rely upon in-kind contributions or telescope time as compensation.

Our plan is to provide opportunities for small upgrades (~$100K) every year, and provide additional funds (~$500K) to support more ambitious projects every other year. Accordingly, this year, our total budget is $600K for the program, from which we nominally expect to award one small and one larger project. Depending on the proposals received, we may however, choose to fund a different mix of one or more projects, within the limits of our $600K budget.

Contracts can be awarded to profit or non-profit institutions or companies within the nations that fund the Gemini Observatory (regular or limited term partners). Gemini will accept proposals from individuals outside the partnership who have experience in using the instrument or significant experience in designing or building the instrument.

To encourage a wide variety of participant organizations in this opportunity, Gemini will provide up to one night (10 hours) of observing time per project to be used on demonstrating the scientific potential of the upgraded instrument.

The RfP will be released by or in October, 2016, and will remain open until the end of the year.  Further information and updates can be found here:


Short URL:  http://goo.gl/bVidc1

Many thanks,
Joanna Thomas-Osip <jthomas at gemini.edu<mailto:jthomas at gemini.edu>>
Ruben Diaz

via Lucyna Chudczer <lkedzior at unsw.edu.au<mailto:lkedzior at unsw.edu.au>>

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