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Fast Turnaround Block

Gemini South is accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program.  We are not currently accepting proposals for Gemini North.   Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates (GemPhaseI_FT_dual) must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2023A PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00pm (NOON), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), December 31.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, January 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by January 21, 2023.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is January 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 February until 30 April 2023, but please note the GS telescope shutdown in April.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround since 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may not submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles. Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: N/A
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 3.5  hr to 19.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 3.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (February) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 19.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (March, given the shutdown in April) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • N/A

Gemini South

  • Gemini South will be in a telescope shutdown in April.  
  • GMOS-S and F2 are expected to be available throughout this cycle.  
  • The 23A instrument schedule is not available yet. Please check back here for the 23A schedule. 
  • We expect that IGRINS and Zorro will be available for some part of this cycle, but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).  
  • GeMS/GSAOI are not offered via FT.

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • Up to 20 (15) hrs per cycle at GN (GS) is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 4 (3.0) hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 10 (7.5) hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 14 (10.5) hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 17 (12.75) hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 3.6 hrs of observing time at a single telescope.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

Gemini South is accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program.  We are not currently accepting proposals for Gemini North.   Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates (GemPhaseI_FT_dual) must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2023A PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00pm (NOON), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), November 30.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, December 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by December 21, 2022.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is December 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 January until 31 March 2023.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround since 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles. Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. At this time, the US has only 3.6 hours remaining at GS and BR has only 2 hours remaining at GS.  Proposers from these participants should not request more than this amount of time per proposal.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: N/A
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 1.5  hr to 18 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 1.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (January) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 18h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (March) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • N/A

Gemini South

  • GMOS-S and F2 are expected to be available throughout this cycle.  
  • F2 MOS is offered in this cycle. Please read about its capabilities carefully. Since pre-images will be needed for most programs, F2-MOS targets are further restricted between RA=5 hr and 13.5 hr in this cycle. A maximum of 8 masks will be installed in the instrument. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).  
  • Make sure to check the 22B instrument schedule for specific availability of each instrument for January.  The 23A instrument schedule (for Feb - Mar) is not available yet. Please check back here for the 23A schedule. 
  • GeMS/GSAOI are not offered via FT.

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • Up to 18 (15) hrs per cycle at GN (GS) is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 3.6 (3.0) hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 9 (7.5) hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 12.6 (10.5) hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 15.3 (12.75) hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 3.6 hrs of observing time at a single telescope.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2022B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00pm (NOON), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), October 31.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, November 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by November 21, 2022.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is November 30. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 December 2022 until 28 February 2023.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround since 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may not submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles. Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. No partners have reached their limit for 22B. However, these partners have little remaining time: BR 4.24h, KR 5.84h , AR 3.2h.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 22.5 hr to 16 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 22.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (December) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 16h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (February) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 00  hr to 16 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 0h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (December) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 16h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (February) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • All instruments are available at some point during the December - January period, but make sure to check the schedule for the specific dates.
  • We expect GMOS-N and GNIRS to be offered in February (the 23A schedule is not yet available).   
  • Please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • Make sure to check the 22B  instrument schedule for the specific availability of each instrument. The 23A instrument schedule (for Feb) is not available yet. Please check back here for the 23A schedule. 

Gemini South

  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle.  
  • F2 MOS is offered in this cycle. Please read about its capabilities carefully. Since pre-images will be needed for most programs, F2-MOS targets are further restricted between RA=4 hr and 12 hr in this cycle. A maximum of 8 masks will be installed in the instrument. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).  
  • Make sure to check the 22B instrument schedule for specific availability of each instrument.  The 23A instrument schedule (for Feb) is not available yet. Please check back here for the 23A schedule. 
  • GeMS/GSAOI are not offered via FT.

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • Up to 18 (15) hrs per cycle at GN (GS) is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 3.6 (3.0) hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 9 (7.5) hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 12.6 (10.5) hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 15.3 (12.75) hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 3.6 hrs of observing time at a single telescope.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2022B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00pm (NOON), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), September 30.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, Oct 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by Oct 21, 2022.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Oct 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 November until 31 January 2023.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround since 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles.  Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester.  No partners have reached their limit for 22B.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 20 hr to 15 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 20h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (November) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 15h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (January) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 21  hr to 14 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 21h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (November) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 14h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (January) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • GMOS-N, GNIRS, NIRI, NIFS, MAROON-X, Alopeke, and GRACES are all available for some period this cycle.  
  • However, make sure to check the 22B  instrument schedule for the specific availability of each instrument.
  • Altair NGS and LGS is offered.  

Gemini South

  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle.  
  • F2 MOS is offered only every other month, and is offered in this cycle.  Please read about its capabilities carefully. Since pre-images will be needed for most programs, F2-MOS targets are further restricted between RA=2h and 9h in this cycle. A maximum of 8 masks will be installed in the instrument.
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).  
  • Make sure to check the 22B instrument schedule for specific availability.
  • GeMS/GSAOI are not offered via FT.

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • Up to 18 hrs per cycle at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 3.6 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 9 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 12.6 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 15.3 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 3.6 hrs of observing time at a single telescope.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.  The correct templates have "GemPhase1_FT_dual" in the filename.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2022B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00pm (NOON), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), August 31.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, Sep 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by Sep 21, 2022.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Sep 30. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 October until 31 December 2022.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround since 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may not submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles.  Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester.  No partners have reached their limit for 22B.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 18.5 hr to 12.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 19h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (October) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 11h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (December) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 19  hr to 11 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 19h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (October) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 11h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (December) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • GMOS-N, GNIRS, NIRI, MAROON-X, Alopeke, and GRACES are all available for some period this cycle.  
  • However, make sure to check the 22B  instrument schedule for the specific availability of each instrument.
  • The GN yearly shutdown, including mirror coating, will take place from ~October 10 through Nov 3.
  • Altair NGS and LGS is offered.  

Gemini South

  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle.  
  • F2 MOS is offered only every other month, and is not offered in this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).  
  • Make sure to check the 22B instrument schedule for specific availability.
  • GeMS/GSAOI are not offered via FT.

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • Up to 18 hrs per cycle at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 3.6 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 9 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 12.6 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 15.3 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 3.6 hrs of observing time at a single telescope.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be used: tex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2022B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00pm (NOON), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), July 31.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, Aug 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by Aug 21, 2022.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is Aug 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 September until 30 November 2022.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround since 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles.  Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester.  No partners have reached their limit for 22B.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 17.5 hr to 10.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 17.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (September) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 10.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (November) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 17.5  hr to 9.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 17.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (September) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 9.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (November) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • GMOS-N, GNIRS, NIRI, NIFS, MAROON-X, Alopeke, and GRACES are all available for some period this cycle.  
  • However, make sure to check the 22B  instrument schedule for the specific availability of each instrument.
  • The GN yearly shutdown, including mirror coating, will take place from ~October 10 through Nov 3.
  • Altair NGS and LGS is offered.  

Gemini South

  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle.  
  • F2 MOS is offered only every other month, and is offered in this cycle.  Please read about its capabilities carefully. Since pre-images will be needed for most programs, F2-MOS targets are further restricted between RA=22.5 and 5 in this cycle. A maximum of 8 masks will be installed in the instrument.
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).  
  • Make sure to check the 22B instrument schedule for specific availability.
  • GeMS/GSAOI are not offered via FT.

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • Up to 18 hrs per cycle at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 3.6 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 9 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 12.6 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 15.3 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 3.6 hrs of observing time at a single telescope.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be usedtex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2022B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00 (noon), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), June 30.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, July 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by July 21, 2022.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is July 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 August until 31 October 2022.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround since 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may not submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles.  Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester.  No partners have reached their limit for 22B.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 15 hr to 8 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 15h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (August) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 8h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (October) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 14.5  hr to 7.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 14.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (August) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 7.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (October) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • GMOS-N, GNIRS, NIRI, NIFS, MAROON-X, Alopeke, and GRACES are all available for some period this cycle.  
  • However, make sure to check the 22B  instrument schedule for the specific availability of each instrument.
  • The GN yearly shutdown, including mirror coating, will take place from ~October 10 through Nov 3.
  • Altair NGS is offered.  LGS is not currently offered.

Gemini South

  • The GS yearly shutdown, including mirror coating, will take place from August 1st to ~25th. No observations will be conducted in that period.
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle.  However, it is expected that GMOS-S will be removed from the telescope mid-July and will remain off through the shutdown for work on the Amp 5 issue.  
  • F2 MOS is offered only every other month, and therefore is not offered in this cycle. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).  
  • Make sure to check the 22B instrument schedule for specific availability.
  • GeMS/GSAOI are not offered via FT.

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 4 hrs of observing time.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be usedtex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2022B PIT must be used.

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00 (noon), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), May 31. Please note the time change from previous CfPs.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, June 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by June 21, 2022.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is June 30. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 July until 30 September 2022.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround since 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles.  Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. At this time, the US has used up its allocation at GS for 22A, and Korea has used up its allocation at GN for 22A.  However, note that a few hours (per participant) can be swapped between sites so we will still allow proposals from the US/Korea at those sites for this last FT cycle of 22A.  No other partners have reached their limit.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 13 hr to 6.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 13h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (July) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 6.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (September) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 11.5  hr to 6.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 11.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (July) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 6.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (September) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • The 2022A instrument schedule can be seen here.  The 22B schedule is not yet out. Please check back closer to the deadline or check with the FT team for updates.
  • GMOS and GNIRS, along with MAROON-X are offered this cycle.  However, check the instrument schedule for specific availability.  
  • The availability of NIFS/NIRI and other visitor instruments is not yet known for this FT cycle.
  • GNIRS is expected to be back by the end of July.
  • Altair is not currently offered.

Gemini South

  • The 2022A instrument schedule can be seen here.  The 22B schedule is not yet out. Please check back closer to the deadline or check with the FT team for updates.
  • The GS yearly shutdown, including mirror coating, will take place from August 1st to 25th. No observations will be conducted in that period.
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle.  However, it is expected that GMOS-S will be removed from the telescope mid-July and will remain off through the shutdown for work on the Amp 5 issue.  
  • F2 MOS is offered only every other month, and therefore is offered in this cycle.  Please read about its capabilities carefully. Since pre-images will be needed for most programs, F2-MOS targets are further restricted between RA=17 and 1.5 in this cycle. A maximum of 8 masks will be installed in the instrument.   
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • GeMS/GSAOI are not offered via FT.

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 4 hrs of observing time.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be usedtex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2022A PIT must be used. The newest version, 2022A.1.1.3 , is required for F2 MOS proposals (NOT available this cycle, see below).

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00 (noon), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), April 30. Please note the change from previous CfPs.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, May 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by May 21, 2022.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is May 31. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 June until 31 August 2022.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2022A/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may not submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles.  Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 10.5 hr to 5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 10.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (June) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (August) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 10.0  hr to 4.5 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 10h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (June) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 4.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (August) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • The 2022A instrument schedule can be seen here.
  • GMOS, NIRI, and NIFS, along with GRACES, 'Alopeke, and MAROON-X are offered this cycle.  However, check the instrument schedule for specific availability.
  • GNIRS is expected to be back by the end of July.
  • NIFS and NIRI are also offered with Altair NGS and LGS.  

Gemini South

  • The 2022A instrument schedule can be seen here. The GS yearly shutdown, including mirror coating, will go from August 1st to 25th. No observations will be conducted in that period.
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle.  However, it is expected that GMOS-S will be removed from the telescope mid-July and will remain off through the shutdown for work on the Amp 5 issue.  
  • Note that during GHOST commissioning in late June, most likely no other instruments will be used.
  • F2 MOS will be offered only every other month, and therefore is not offered on this cycle.  GeMS/GSAOI is neither offered via FT.
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 4 hrs of observing time.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be usedtex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

Gemini North and South are accepting proposals for the Fast Turnaround (FT) program. Here, we give information specific to this proposal cycle. Please see the other FT pages - particularly the rules - for general information about the program. FT (dual anonymous)-specific proposal templates must now be used for all FT proposals. See the "PIT information" section below. The 2022A PIT must be used. The newest version, 2022A.1.1.3 , is required for F2 MOS proposals (available this cycle, see below)

Important dates

  • Proposal deadline: 12:00 (noon), Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), March 31. Please note the change from previous CfPs.

  • Please ensure the latest version of the PIT is used for submission (see the PIT information below).
  • Reviews must be completed by 23:59 HST, April 14. If you have submitted a proposal, but by the 2nd of the month have not received an email from FT regarding reviewing proposals, contact FT as soon as possible.
  • Results will be announced by April 21, 2022.
  • The deadline for preparing observations (Phase II) is April 30. Accepted programs meeting this deadline will be active from 1 May until 31 July 2022.
  • FT observations will be merged with the queue and observed on queue nights.

Dual Anonymous Review Process (DARP)

  • Since Feb 2021, we have been using a dual anonymous review process. New proposal templates for FT have been updated. DARP compliance is mandatory. Proposals using the wrong template will be removed from consideration.  Proposals that do not follow all the DARP guidelines will either be removed from consideration or sent to the directorate for review.  
  • Guideline for PIs
    • Enter information of the proposing team with the Phase I Tool (PIT) as usual.
    • Use the FT specific template.
    • The proposal template has been updated to be compliant with DARP starting on Feb 1, 2021
    • Download from http://software.gemini.edu/phase1/templates/2022A/
    • Avoid mentioning names and affiliations of the team in the PDF attachment that could be used to identify the proposing team.
    • Avoid claiming ownership of past work. (E.g., “my successful Gemini program in the previous semester (GS-18A-xxx)”, or “our analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020…”)
    • Including text in proposals discussing previous use of Gemini is ok, as long as that work is not referenced and program IDs are not listed.
    • Cite references in passive third person, e.g., “Analysis shown in Doe et al. 2020”, including references to data and software.
    • Do describe the proposed work, e.g., “We propose to do the following…”, or “We will measure the effects of …”
    • Unpublished work can be referred to as “obtained in private communication” or “from private consultation”.
  • Guideline for Reviewers
    • Accept the assigned proposals based on abstracts whether you can provide an unbiased review or not.
    • Review proposals solely based on the scientific merit of what is proposed.
    • Do not spend any time attempting to identify the PI or the team. Even if you think you know, you can be wrong.
    • Utilize neutral pronouns (they/the PI/the team) when you write comments.
    • Flag the proposals that have not been sufficiently anonymized but DO NOT penalize them by lowering grades. (The FT support team will check the flagged proposals and send any violations to the Gemini Directorate for review.)  
  • More detailed guidelines can be found on the FT webpage

Eligibility

  • PIs from all participant countries (except Chile) taking part in the FT program may apply for this cycle.
  • Chile has withdrawn from Fast Turnaround starting in 2021A.
  • Japanese community PIs may submit proposals for this cycle.  In agreement with Subaru Observatory, starting with the September 2021 CfP, Japanese community proposers may only apply for up to 4hrs of time on a single proposal (and no more than 4hrs total will be awarded to Japanese community PIs) and only on odd numbered cycles.  Japanese proposals will only be accepted in Call for Proposals for months: Jan/Mar/May/July/Sep/Nov.  
  • PIs from participant countries whose FT time for the semester has been used up should not apply for the remainder of the semester. Note that some participant countries only have very small amounts of FT time available each semester. Currently no partners have reached their limit.  See Rule #4 and Q&A for more information.

Acceptable RA ranges

  • Gemini North: Targets from about RA = 8.5 hr to 2 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note, however, that RAs near 8.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (May) and only at northern declinations (Dec> 0) . Likewise, RAs near 2h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (July) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.
  • Gemini South: Targets from about RA = 7.5  hr to 3 hr are acceptable during this cycle. Note that RAs near 7.5h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the first half of the first month (May) and only at favorable declinations (Dec< 0) . Likewise, RAs near 3h will only be accessible for a couple hours during the final month (July) and again only in the above declination range. Note Rule #9; an FT program may not fully backload its three-month active period; at least one of its targets must be observable during its first active month.

Available instruments and observing modes

Gemini North

  • The 2022A instrument schedule can be seen here.
  • GMOS, NIRI, and NIFS, along with GRACES, 'Alopeke, and MAROON-X are offered this cycle.  However, check the instrument schedule for specific availability.
  • NIFS and NIRI are also offered with Altair NGS and LGS.  

Gemini South

  • The 2022A instrument schedule can be seen here.
  • GMOS and F2 are offered this cycle. Note that during GHOST commissioning, most likely no other instruments will be used.
  • F2 MOS is offered this cycle.  It is expected to be offered every other month via FT from now on. Please read about its capabilities carefully. Since pre-images will be needed for most programs, F2-MOS targets are further restricted between RA=13.5 and 22.5 in this cycle. A maximum of 8 masks will be installed in the instrument.  PIT version 2022A.1.1.3 is required for F2 MOS proposals. 
  • We are offering IGRINS and Zorro but please contact the FT team in advance with any specific questions (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).

Both telescopes

  • FT observations may not be executed during classical observing, or priority visitor (PV), depending on the prevailing conditions.
  • For visiting instruments not listed above, please contact the FT team to check availability (Fast.Turnaround at gemini.edu).
  • The R600 grating in each GMOS instrument is NOT offered for FT (or regular queue) observations.
  • MOS observations are available for FT, subject to some caveats/restrictions.
  • As discussed in the rules and Q&A, please contact the Fast Turnaround team in advance of the deadline if you would like to propose for an unusual instrument configuration or observing mode.

Time available

  • 20 hrs per cycle at each telescope is available for FT observations. Very roughly, this implies:

    • 4 hrs of 20%-ile conditions (IQ=20, for example; see this web page)
    • 10 hrs of 50%-ile conditions
    • 14 hrs of 70%-ile conditions
    • 17 hrs of 85%-ile conditions
  • PIs may propose for up to the amount of time in their most restrictive observing conditions, subject to partner's time availability - see rule #4. For example, a proposal requesting CC50 IQ20 SB50 WVany conditions can request no more than 4 hrs of observing time.

PIT information

  • Proposals must be submitted using the version of the Phase I Tool specified on this web page
  • In the Time Requests tab, select "Fast Turnaround Observing at Gemini" as the proposal class and specify the reviewer (and mentor, if appropriate). Note that this is where the reviewer is defined; changes cannot be made after the proposal has been submitted.
  • For the pdf attachment to the proposal, the dedicated LaTeX/Word template specifically for FT proposals must be usedtex | sty | doc. This is compulsory for all FT proposals.
  • Submitting the same proposal more than once during a given month (e.g. after correcting/editing a submitted version) should be avoided if at all possible. Only submit when you are sure your proposal is ready to be reviewed.

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