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NA ALMA Development - Cycle 5 Project Proposals

by Lyndele von Schill last modified Jun 08, 2017 by Arielle Moullet

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites interested parties in the North American ALMA partnership to submit proposals for "Development Projects for Upgrades of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)."

Questions about this Call for Proposals

Questions related to this Call for Proposals should be submitted via .

A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page is available, and will be updated as questions are received and answered.

Coordination Meeting - November 09, 2016

Coordination Meeting Page

Submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI)

Proposers are requested to submit a Project Proposal NOI by October 28, 2016. This will ensure that all Proposers are included in the Cycle 5 mailing list. A NOI is non-binding. Please submit your Notice of Intent HERE.

Preparing a Development Cycle 5 Project Proposal

Details regarding the preparation of a Development Cycle 5 Project Proposal can be found in the following documents:

Cycle 5 Project Proposal Documents
Call for Cycle 5 Project Proposals - Cover Letter PDF
Call for Cycle 5 Project Proposals - Instructions   PDF
Cycle 5 Project Proposal Template MS Word

NRAO Employees must submit a New Ideas Notification Form and receive authorization from the Director's Office before proceeding with preparation of a formal Project Proposal.


Development Cycle 5 Project Proposal Schedule

Release of Call for Project Proposals 2016 October 10
Notice of Intent
2016 October 28
Coordination Meeting 2016 November 09
Proposer's Questions Submitted 2016 December 16
Proposal Deadline 2017 January 30
Provisional Notification of Awards 2017 May 30
Implementation Plan due 2017 August 31
Final Notification of Awards 2017 December 01
Validity Date of Proposals 2017 December 01
Project Completion Date (some Projects may run longer) 2020 January 02

Post Award Documents

Post Award DocumentDocument Date
FFATA Subrecipient Profile Questionnaire 12 June 2012 PDF
ALMA Development Subrecipient Agreement 01 October 2016 PDF
Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement 01 October 2016 MS Word
Subrecipient Representations & Certifications 22 September 2016 PDF

Cycle 5 Project Proposal Deadline

Cycle 5 Project Proposals received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone, 30 January 2017 will receive full consideration.  Multiple proposals may be submitted by individual organizations and institutions.  Each proposal, however, must comply fully with all of the applicable requirements, including content and submission by the deadline.

The completed Projects will be used, together with similar projects from the other ALMA partners, to augment and implement the ALMA Development Plan.  Please see documents developed by the ALMA Scientific Advisory Committee at the Call website describing development priorities.

Supporting Documents & Links

ALMA Development Documents
A Road Map for Developing ALMA ASAC PDF
Pathways to Developing ALMA Bolatto, Corder, Iono, Testi, Wootten PDF
Major Science Themes in the 2020-2030 Decade PDF
Major Facilities by 2030 PDF
ALMA Development Strategic Goals & Objectives Link
ALMA Future Science Development Workshop - NA Wootten PDF
ALMA Future Science Development Workshop - EA Iono PDF
ALMA Future Science Development Workshop - EU Laing PDF
ALMA StandardsDocument No.
ALMA Product Assurance Requirements ALMA- PDF
ALMA Quality Management Systems ALMA- PDF
ALMA SpecificationsDocument No.
ALMA System Electromagnetic Compatibility Requirements ALMA- PDF
ALMA Environmental Specifications ALMA- PDF
ALMA Front End Specifications ALMA. PDF
ALMA ProceduresDocument No.
ALMA Design Reviews - Definitions, Guidelines and Procedures ALMA- PDF
ALMA Product Tree ALMA- PDF
ALMA Review Panel Instructions and Guidelines PDF
ALMA Documents from Earlier Calls
Report from the ALMA Development Working Group November 3, 2008 PDF
Revised Principles of the ALMA Development Program April 8, 2016 PDF
ALMA in the Coming Decade, Development Workshop April 18, 2013 Link