WIRCam Large Programs
Second round of proposals
Submission deadline: 21 September
- 24:00 UTC
The CFHT Agencies, as well as the
Korean and Taiwanese partners, have made a significant investment in
the construction of the new CFHT wide field near IR imager WIRCam. As a
this investment the Canadian and French Agencies, through the CFHT
Board of Directors (BoD), have
indicated their willingness to make a significant fraction (25% to 50%)
of their bright time available to
large programs executed with WIRCam. Given the commitment of CFHT dark
time to the CFHT
Legacy Survey, the BoD in particular urges the design of WIRCam
programs that support or extend
the components of the CFHTLS.
Based on the tremendous interest shown by community astronomers in the
WIRCam Steering Group
(SG) "Call for Ideas" for WIRCam surveys, the SG and the CFHT
Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) also recognize that there is very
significant interest in the possible execution of ambitious scientific
programs with WIRCam requiring large amounts of observing time over
several years, possibly
involving co-investigators from more than one of the member
A first Call
for Proposals (CfP) for WIRCam Large Programs has been issued in August
2005, anticipating that a second call would be done one year later.
We are therefore pleased to announce the second Call
for Proposals (CfP) for WIRCam Large Programs.
A large WIRCam program is defined as any proposal requesting
approximately 30 or more nights over
a one- or two-year period, and can involve any or all of the CFHT
member agencies and/or partners.
The proposals are to be submitted using the regular POOPSY software
system for CFHT time
applications and should be limited to 8 pages. Proposals must give
detailed scientific and technical
justifications for the requested time, a detailed schedule for the
proposed observations on a semester-by-semester basis, and plans and
schedules for data reduction and data and high-level data product
distribution. Proposals should also justify the requested proprietary
period for the data (which may be
short or zero). Applicants are encouraged to seek the involvement of
the Terapix and Canadian
Astronomy Data Centers in their data production and distribution plans.
WIRCam Large Program observations submitted in this second round will
be carried out as Queued Service
starting with semester 2007A.
Requests for filters other than the
standard WIRCam set should be
carefully justified since they may have important scheduling and
operational consequences. Deadline
for the submission of such Large Programs will be the same as for
normal programs, i.e. 21
September 2006 - 24:00 UTC.
To eliminate concerns about duplicate observations, all submitted
WIRCam Large Program proposals
will be forwarded to the WIRCam participating agencies, the SAC chair,
and the ED, whether or not
the proposals include investigators from multiple agencies or partners.
The Large Program proposals
will be ranked and allocated time by the national TACs in competition
with normal PI proposals at the
regularly scheduled TAC meetings.
Large programs requiring more than two years of observations must be
resubmitted every two years
for peer review and competition with other PI proposals for a
continuation of time allocation. Time is
not guaranteed for WIRCam Large
Programs longer than two years without such subsequent
successful peer review.
Time will be allocated solely on the basis of scientific excellence,
especially in comparison to normal
It is expected that a call for large WIRCam programs will be issued
Christian Veillet, CFHT Executive Director