The HST Proposal Selection Process


To write a successful HST proposal it is useful to have some insight into the process by which proposals are reviewed and selected. A number of recent STScI Newsletter articles may therefore be of interest. Below we include the full text of the article by Meg Urry [cmu@stsci.edu], Head of the STScI Science Program Selection Office. Previous articles on the same subject include

How the New Cycle 9 Review Process Worked

There were five key changes in the proposal review process for Cycle 9. With the review now completed, we have received extensive feedback from the Cycle 9 panels and TAC (Telescope Allocation Committee) indicating the changes were very successful, hence we plan to repeat the new process (with minor changes) in Cycle 10. Here we summarize the process changes, followed by some advice for proposers in future HST cycles.

Goals, Changes, and Outcome

Advice for Future Cycles

The new HST review process having been highly successful, we plan to continue it in future cycles. This means proposers should keep in mind several key points.

The main advice?

Start from the science, write a compelling story for your fellow astronomers, ask for the resources you really need, and submit those proposals whatever their size. With such a high oversubscription (1/6 by orbits), many truly excellent proposals had to be rejected. Remember that rejected PIs are in good company, and that many of these proposals, possibly revised according to comments from the panel or TAC, may succeed in future years.


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