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NA ALMA Cycle 9 Call for Project Proposals

by Dong-Chan Kim last modified Jan 14, 2021 by Crystal Brogan

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites interested parties to submit proposals for Projects to Upgrade the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Principal Investigators (and funded co-investigators) for NA ALMA Development projects or studies must have as their primary affiliation a US or Canadian institution. ALMA development projects should address the goals described in the ALMA Development Roadmap  which lays out the vision for keeping ALMA at the forefront of scientific discovery into the 2030s. Of particular interest to the NA ALMA Partnership are development projects that will enable larger correlated bandwidths, improve receiver sensitivity, and improvements to the ALMA Science Archive.

A general description of the ALMA Development Program can be found in the Principles for the ALMA Development Program. Also see the full range of applicable documents in the Table at the bottom of this page. In particular, if you are considering a Front-end or Correlator submission, see the draft ALMA 2030 System Specification Recommendations.

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.

Information/Coordination Meeting - February 16, 2021

An informational webinar with question/answer period will be held on February 16, 2021. Registration is required to attend the webinar, see the Coordination Meeting Webpage for more information.

Submission of a Notice of Intent (NOI) is Mandatory

Proposers are required to submit a Project Proposal Notice of Intent by March 1, 2021. This will ensure that all Proposers are included in the Cycle 9 Call mailing list, and that proposals can be reviewed in a timely fashion. An NOI is non-binding, but project proposals that have not been preceded by an NOI will not be accepted. Please submit your NOI by filling out the following WEB FORM.

NOTE: Prospective NRAO Proposers are required to submit a New Ideas Form for approval by the NRAO Director before proceeding.

Preparing a Cycle 9 Project Proposal

Details regarding the preparation of a Cycle 9 Project Proposal can be found in the following documents:

Cycle 9 Proposal Documents
Call for Cycle 9 Project Proposals - Instructions PDF
Cycle 9 Project Proposal Template Word

Submitting a Cycle 9 Project Proposal

Submit the completed Cycle 9 Project Proposal (with signatures), in “.pdf” format, online at this proposal submission WEB FORM.

Cycle 9 Project Proposals received by 11:59pm EDT, 9 April 2021 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 9 Project Proposals Schedule

Release of Call for Proposals 15 January 2021
Informational Meeting
16 February 2021
Deadline for Mandatory Notice of Intent 1 March 2021
Deadline for Submission of Proposer's Questions 7 April 2021
Deadline for Proposal Submission 9 April 2021
NSF Notification of Initial Outcome* 15 June 2021
ALMA Board Meeting (final approval) Mid-November 2021
Project Start Date 1 January 2022

* See the Proposal Instructions for complete description of approval/notification procedure

Supporting Documents & Links

ALMA Development DocumentsAuthor
ALMA Development Roadmap ALMA Development Working Group Link
Principles for the ALMA Development Program ALMA Board Link
ALMA Development Program Implementation Plan (V8) ALMA Management Team Link
New ALMA 2030 System Specification Recommendations
Document No.
Report of the ALMA Front-end & Digitizer Requirements
Upgrade Working Group (Draft)
ALMA- Link
Specifications for a Second-Generation ALMA
Correlator (Draft)
ALMA- Link
ALMA StandardsDocument No.
ALMA Product Assurance Requirements ALMA- Link
ALMA SpecificationsDocument No.
ALMA System Technical Requirements ALMA- Link
ALMA System Electromagnetic Compatibility Requirements ALMA- Link
ALMA Environmental Specifications ALMA- Link
ALMA ProceduresDocument No.
ALMA Design Reviews - Definitions, Guidelines and Procedures ALMA- Link
ALMA Product Tree ALMA- Link