Call for Key Project Proposals, Semester 2012a
Deadline: 5 December 2011
Information on Key Projects
Call for Key Projects
CARMA seeks Key Projects that are of sufficient scope and
potential scientific impact to justify a significant investment of CARMA
resources. Key Projects that complement ALMA or lead to follow-up programs
with ALMA are encouraged. A Key Project can request any combination of
standard antenna configurations for up to 1000 hours of observing time spread
over 1 to 5 semesters. In addition to the science and technical justifications,
the proposal must outline a plan for the management, production, and
distribution of science-quality data products. CARMA anticipates running 1-3
Key Projects concurrently.
Overview and Team Responsibilities
Key Projects are intended to be ambitious and high-impact programs
that would be difficult to schedule through the general proposal
call. The proposal can request any combination of standard antenna
configurations or receiver bands between about 250 and 1000 hours,
although there is no strict limitation on the number of hours
that can be requested. The time can be requested to be carried out
in one semester, or can be spread out over as many as 5 semesters
subject to availability of observing time. The observing time over
all semesters will be allocated at once pending satisfactory progress
over the course of the project.
In exchange for a significant investment of observing time, the proposal team
is responsible for contributing to CARMA operations and providing regular
feedback to the CARMA partnership on the data quality. At minimum, the team
is expected to become regular observers at CARMA and participate in the
weekly observer telecons to discuss array issues. Travel support to CARMA
may be possible pending available funding. The contributions of the project
team toward array operations will be a factor in judging the proposals.
In addition, the team is responsible for producing science-quality data
products that can be distributed to the community. The first data delivery
must be within 12 months after the first data are obtained, and every 6
months thereafter. The raw data will have a proprietary period of 6 months
before it is available to the public through the CARMA data archive.
Key Projects can be submitted through the
System by clicking the "Key Project" field. The restrictions on font
size and margin size as well a latex template for the proposal text can be
found at the
The proposal must contain the following:
- Cover Sheet
The cover sheet can be filled out on the
Proposal System. For Key Projects only, it is not required to
enter all sources, however, a table of sources will then be required
as described below.
- Proposal text (5 pages maximum)
The proposal text must contain the following information:
- Scientific Justification and anticipated scientific impact of
the proposed observations
- Technical justification, including the timeline for the
- Management. This section should
provide a plan for the overall management of the project.
This should include (i) a description of the data products
and data release plans,
(ii) key benchmarks covering the duration of the project
against which progress may be gauged, and (iii) how the project
team will contribute to CARMA operations and provide
regular feedback on data quality.
- Figures, Table, and References (3 pages maximum)
If the complete source list is not entered on the cover sheet, then
a table must be included that contains the complete source list.
For each source, the table should indicate the coordinates,
observed frequencies, velocities, and time per configuration.
The total time for the project per configuration per semester must be
Once a Key Project is approved, a status report must be submitted
the CARMA Director every semester.
The status reports must include a summary of the work completed to date, a
comparison of the progress against the benchmarks described in the original
proposal, and the work anticipated to be completed over the next semester.