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NA ALMA Cycle 5 Call for Study Proposals

by Lyndele von Schill last modified Nov 26, 2018 by Katelyn Sevin

The Cycle 5 call for Studies Proposals is now closed.

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 NA ALMA Operations Partnership, which is defined as the community of astronomers and scientists in related fields from North American ALMA partner countries. Two categories of proposals are included is in this call: General Studies (funded for 1 year up to $$200,000 per individual award) and Strategic Studies (funded for 2 years up to $400,000 per individual award). Strategic Studies is a new proposal category that applies to in-depth studies directly aligned with the development priorities currently identified by the ASAC in the "Road Map for Developing ALMA" document  (increasing throughput, improving mapping efficiency, improving spatial resolution and improving archive performance). More information on the Cycle 5 Calls for Proposals can be found in this presentation from August 2016.             

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 - January 16, 2019

Coordination Meeting Page

Submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI)

Proposers are requested to submit a Study Proposal NOI by March 20, 2017. 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 Cycle 5 Study Proposal

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

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

NRAO Employees must submit a New Ideas Notification Form, which must be submitted and 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.

Submitting a Cycle 5 Study Proposal

The  Cycle 5 call for Studies Proposals is now closed.

Call for Cycle 5 Study Proposals Schedule

Release of Call for Study Proposals 2017 March 01
Informational Meeting
2017 March 15
Notice of Intent 2017 March 20
Proposer's Questions Submitted 2017 April 12
Proposal Deadline 2017 May 01
Notification of Awards 2017 July 31
Validity Date of Proposals 2017 July 31
Study Commencement Date 2017 October 2
General Study Completion Date 2018 September 30
Strategic Study Completion Date 2019 September 30

Important Information on Cycle 5 Studies Call 

Cycle 5 Study Proposals received by 5:00pm EDT, 01 May 2017 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.

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 2017 ALMA-H-001.1 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 in the Coming Decade, Development Workshop April 18, 2013 Link
ALMA Software Development Workshop October, 2011 Link


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