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SIRTF Cycle-1 Call for Proposals Issued

Status Report From: California Institute of Technology
Posted: Monday, December 2, 2002

On behalf of the SIRTF Project and NASA, the SIRTF Science Center (SSC) at Caltech has issued the Cycle-1 Call for Proposals (CP), soliciting research proposals for the General Observer (GO) and Archival Research (AR) programs. GO investigators may propose in one of two categories: small (up to 50 hours) and medium (50-200 hours). It is anticipated that 3700 hours of SIRTF observing time will be available to GO investigators in Cycle-1. In addition, approximately $15.5 million of NASA data analysis support is available to eligible GO researchers.
 
AR proposals are to be submitted only if investigators are seeking NASA data analysis support, and are limited to analysis of data from the SIRTF First Look Survey (FLS). It is anticipated that up to $750,000 of NASA support will be made available to support analysis of FLS data in Cycle-1. If no supporting funds are required, no Cycle-1 proposal should be submitted. Once the SIRTF Science Archive opens (about eight months after launch), any investigator may access and utilize SIRTF data in the public domain by contacting the SIRTF HelpDesk (sirtf@ipac.caltech.edu) to obtain an access account and password.
 
The Call for Proposals is accompanied by a Letter from the Director and supporting programmatic and technical documentation. All of these documents can be found in the Proposal Kit section of the SSC public Web site.

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