Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes

Please note deadline shifts: The deadline for rounds whose pre-registration deadline has already passed, and for which detailed applications need to be submitted, will be extended by two months (the closing date shown opposite).

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Please note deadline shifts: The deadline for rounds whose pre-registration deadline has already passed, and for which detailed applications need to be submitted, will be extended by two months.

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Call

Astronomers in the Netherlands are invited to  apply for observation time at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes on La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain).

Purpose

Astronomers can apply for observing time at the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) on La Palma. The ING consists of the 4.2 m William Herschel Telescope (WHT) and the 2.5 m Isaac Newton Telescope (INT).

IMPORTANT NOTICE: For the upcoming semester 2020B only observing time for INT can be applied for.  No time is offered at the WHT in 2020B, due to the ongoing standdown for integration and testing of WEAVE, followed late in 2020B by on-sky commissioning and science verification, see: http://www.ing.iac.es/astronomy/instr.html.

Who can apply

Researchers in astronomy with a Dutch affiliation.

What to apply for

Dutch observing time for the INT and WHT telescopes. The available observing time per semester is approximately 45 nights on the INT. Semester A runs from 1 February until 31 July, semester B runs from 1 August until 31 January.

Large proposals (8 or more nights in one semester) and long-term proposals (requesting time over more than one semester) will be considered. With respect to upcoming changes in the ING instrumentation (see also document at the bottom of this page), please get in touch with the NWO programme manager when considering submitting a long-term proposal.

When to apply

Deadline for applying for INT time in  semester 20B is 16 March 2020, 2pm (CET) (1pm UT).

  • The yearly deadline for submitting proposals for observing time in Semester A, (1 February – 31 July) is around 15 September.
  • The yearly deadline for submitting proposals for observing time in Semester B , (1 August – 31 January) is around 15 March.

Assessment

Criteria

Proposals will be assessed by the ING Programme Committee of NWO. Because proposals for observing time come from many different fields of research, we recommend you to keep in mind that not all members of the Programme Committee are experts in your specific area of research. Please include the necessary background information and clearly formulate the relevance of your science question and how the requested data will contribute to answering this science question.

Procedure

The Programme Committee of NWO assesses proposals for Dutch observing time. International proposals are assessed by a different committee.

In general the telescope organisation will inform you on the success of your proposal approximately three months after submission. Around the same time, you will also receive feedback from the Programme Committee. 

More information 

more information on preparing an observing time proposal for the ING can be found on this website of the ING. 


Details

Status

Temporarily closed for application

Deadline

16 March 2020 14:00

Grant type

Individual

Science area

Exact and Natural Sciences

Objective

Research (2019-2022)

Contact

Mw. dr. Katrien Uytterhoeven Mw. dr. Katrien Uytterhoeven (+31 (0)70 344 09 48 eilandstrw@nwo.nl