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Cycle 7 ALMA Development Call - Archived Page

by Aaron Evans last modified Nov 30, 2020

The Cycle 7 call for North American Studies Proposals is now closed.  PI's have been notified individually of their awards.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites interested parties to submit proposals for Studies of Upgrades for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The call for proposals is open to the North American (NA) ALMA Operations Partnership, which is defined as the community of astronomers and scientists in related fields from North American ALMA partner countries. Studies are generally funded for 1 year up to $200,000 per individual award. Priority will be given to those Studies which align with the ALMA Development Roadmap (AEDM 2018-017-O) and the ALMA 2030 strategic vision. Study topics of particular interest to the NA ALMA Partnership include larger bandwidths and improved receiver sensitivity, longer baselines, increasing wide field mapping speed, phased array feeds, and improvements to the Archive.       

Questions about this Call for Proposals

Questions related to this Call for Proposals should be submitted via 

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

Preparing a Cycle 7 Study Proposal

Details regarding the preparation of a Cycle 7 Study Proposal can be found in the following documents:

Cycle 7 Study Proposal Documents
Call for Cycle 7 Study Proposals                                  Cover Letter PDF
Call for Cycle 7 Study Proposals - Instructions PDF
Cycle 7 Study Proposal Template Word

NRAO Employees must submit a New Ideas Notification Form, which must approved by the Director before proceeding with preparation of a formal Study Proposal. Prospective NRAO Proposers are encouraged to prepare and submit the New Ideas Notification Form as soon as possible. NRAO Proposers will follow the standard NRAO proposal development process, and the proposal document set must be approved by the Director's Office, AUI, and NSF prior to submission. Please allow adequate time for this process and receive authorization from the Director's Office before proceeding with preparation of a formal Study Proposal. The NA ALMA Development Program Manager will assist each PI with this process.

Submitting a Cycle 7 Study Proposal

Submit the completed Cycle 7 Study Proposal (with signatures), in “.pdf” format, online at this webpage.

Cycle 7 Study Proposals received by 11:59pm EDT, 01 May 2019 will receive full consideration. Individual organizations and institutions may submit multiple proposals. Each proposal, however, must comply fully with all of the applicable requirements, including content and submission by the deadline.  

Call for Cycle 7 Study Proposals Schedule

Release of Call for Study Proposals 2018 December 03
Informational Meeting 2019 January 16
Notice of Intent 2019 March 15
Proposer's Questions Submitted 2019 April 12
Proposal Deadline 2019 May 01
Notification of Awards 2019 July 31
Study Start Date 2019 October 01
Study Completion Date 2020 September 30

Supporting Documents & Links

ALMA Development Documents
ALMA Development Roadmap ALMA Development Working Group PDF
Major Science Themes in the 2020-2030 Decade PDF
ALMA Development Strategic Goals & Objectives Link
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 System Technical Requirements ALMA- PDF
ALMA ProceduresDocument No.
ALMA Design Reviews - Definitions, Guidelines and Procedures ALMA- PDF
ALMA Product Tree ALMA- PDF
ALMA Post-award documents (relevant for proposal-writing)
FFATA Subrecipient Profile Questionnaire
ALMA Development Subrecipient Agreement
Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement
Subrecipient Representations & Certifications
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 Development Studies Implementation Plan PDF


Previously and Currently funded Studies and Projects