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NA ALMA Development - Cycle 4 Study Proposals

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites interested parties in the North American ALMA partnership to submit proposals for "Development Studies of Upgrades for 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 - March 09, 2016

Coordination Meeting Page

Submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI)

Proposers are requested to submit a Study Proposal NOI by March 15, 2016. This will ensure that all Proposers are included in the Cycle 4 mailing list. A NOI is non-binding. Please submit your Notice of Intent HERE.

Preparing a Cycle 4 Study Proposal

Details regarding the preparation of a Cycle 4 Study Proposal can be found in the following documents:

Cycle 4 Study Proposal Documents
Call for Cycle 4 Proposals - Cover Letter PDF
Call for Cycle 4 Proposals - Instructions   PDF
Cycle 4 Study Proposal Template Word

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

Submitting a Cycle 4 Study Proposal

Please submit your Cycle 4 Study Proposal HERE (CLOSED).

Call for Cycle 4 Study Proposals Schedule

Release of Call for Study Proposals 2016 March 01
Informational Meeting
2016 March 09
Notice of Intent 2016 March 15
Proposer's Questions Submitted 2016 April 15
Proposal Deadline 2016 May 02
Notification of Awards 2016 July 30
Validity Date of Proposals 2016 September 30
Study Completion Date 2017 September 30

Post Award Documents

Post Award DocumentDocument Date
FFATA Subrecipient Profile Questionnaire 12 June 2012 PDF
ALMA Development Subrecipient Agreement 29 February 2016 PDF
Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement 02 February 2016 PDF
Subrecipient Representations & Certifications PDF

Cycle 4 Study Important Dates

Cycle 4 Study Proposals received by 5:00pm EDT, 02 May 2016 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 Studies will be used, together with similar studies 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 Development Studies Implementation Plan 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 Review Panel Instructions and Guidelines for Call Ending 2 May 2016 ALMA-H-001.1 PDF
ALMA Product Tree ALMA- PDF
ALMA Documents from Earlier Calls
Report from the ALMA Development Working Group November 3, 2008 PDF
Principles for the ALMA Development Program July, 2011 PDF
ALMA in the Coming Decade, Development Workshop April 18, 2013 Link
ALMA Software Development Workshop October, 2011 Link

ALMA Development Studies History

Cycle 1

The first call for ALMA Development Studies (Cycle 1) was reported in eNews

77 investigators associated with 26 institutions responded to the Call with a total of 21 Study Proposals, of which the following 8 were funded.

Cycle 1 Study Title

(hover for linked reports)

Second Generation Receiver for ALMA Band 6 (Study continues into Cycle 2) Anthony R. Kerr (NRAO)
Ultra-wideband quantum limited amplifiers for receiver frontends D. Woody (Caltech)
Design Study for Production of the Band 2 Cartridges Eric Bryerton (NRAO) Study has become a Cycle 2 ALMA Development Project: Design and Testing of a Prototype Band-2 Cartridge (PI: K. S. Saini)
A Visualization Portal for ALMA Data E. Rosolowski (UBC-Okanagan) Study has become a Cycle 2 ALMA Development Project: The Next Generation ALMA Viewer (PI: E, Rosolowsky)
Millimeter/Submillimeter VLBI with ALMA Jeff Kern (NRAO) Study was associated with an ALMA Development Project now reaching realization: The ALMA Phasing Project (PI: S. Doeleman, MIT)
Unleashing Large Dataset Science Lee Mundy (Univ. Maryland) Study has become a Cycle 2 Development Project: ALMA Data Mining Toolkit: ADMIT (PI: Lee Mundy)
Increasing the ALMA Data Rate B. Glendenning (NRAO) NOTE: Study proposal was withdrawn
ALMA Band 1 Receiver Development Study P.T.P. Ho (ASIAA) Study has become an ALMA Development Project led by East Asia, in collaboration with North America and Universidad de Chile

Cycle 2

The second call for ALMA Development Studies (Cycle 2) was reported in eNews Feb 2014:
9 submissions were received from 8 PIs with teams totaling 41 investigators from 17 institutions; 6 were funded.

Cycle 2 Study Title



Advanced Solar Observing

T. Bastian, NRAO

Study has resulted in ALMA offering solar observations in Cycle 4 Observations

2nd Generation Band 10 Receiver

A. Kerr, NRAO

Community Science Tool Development

A. Leroy, NRAO

2nd Generation Band 6 Receiver

A. Kerr, NRAO

Millimeter Camera

S. Claude, NRC-Herzberg

Calibration Refinements for ALMA Imaging

T. Wilson, NRL

Cycle 3

Results from the third call for ALMA Development Studies (Cycle 3) were reported in eNews Dec 2015:
15 submissions were received from 15 PIs with teams totaling 53 investigators from 19 institutions; 7 were funded.

Note: the due date for Reports for Cycle 3 Studies has not yet occurred.

Cycle 3 Study TitlePINotes
Extensions & Enhancements to the ALMA Phasing System L. Matthews, MIT
Spectral Resolution and Bandwidth Upgrade of the ALMA Correlator R. Lacasse, NRAO
Improving the Calibration of Atmospheric Spectral Features T. Hunter, NRAO
Pulsars, Magnetars, and Transients with Phased ALMA J. Cordes, Cornell
Feature Extraction and Data Cube Visualization through Topology P. Rosen, U of Utah
Advanced Materials and On-wafer Chip Evaluation: 2nd Generation A. Lichtenberger, UVA
Digital Correlation and Phased Array Architectures J. Weintroub, SAO