HST Primer for Cycle 25
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Hubble Space Telescope Call for Proposals for Cycle 25
Chapter 1: General Information
1.1 About this Document
1.2 New and Important Features of Cycle 25
1.3 The ΔCycle 26: Planed Changes in the Schedule and Opportunities in 2018
1.4 General Guidelines for Proposal Preparation
1.5 Resources, Documentation and Tools
1.5.1 Cycle 25 Announcement Webpage
1.5.2 Phase I Roadmap
1.5.3 HST Primer
1.5.4 Instrument Handbooks
1.5.5 The Astronomer’s Proposal Tool (APT)
1.5.6 Exposure Time Calculators (ETCs)
1.5.7 HST Data Archive
1.5.8 Duplication checking
1.6 STScI Help Desk
1.7 Organization of this Document
1.7.1 Policies, Procedures and General Information
1.7.2 Preparing and Submitting Your Proposal
1.7.3 Information Pertaining to Accepted Proposals
1.7.4 Appendices
Chapter 2: Proposal Submission Policies
2.1 The Proposal Process: Phase I and Phase II
2.2 Deadlines
2.3 Who May Submit
2.3.1 Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators
2.3.2 ESA Scientists
2.3.3 Student PIs
2.4 Institutional Endorsement
2.5 Funding
2.6 Proposal Confidentiality
Chapter 3: Proposal Categories
3.1 Overview of Proposal Categories
3.2 General Observer (GO) Proposals
3.2.1 Small GO Proposals
3.2.2 Medium GO Proposals
3.2.3 Large GO Proposals
3.2.4 Calibration GO Proposals
3.2.5 Long-Term GO Proposals
3.2.6 Treasury GO Proposal
3.3 Snapshot (SNAP) Proposals
3.3.1 Characteristics of SNAPs
3.3.2 Calibration SNAP Proposals
3.3.3 Guidelines for SNAP Proposals
3.4 Archival Research (AR) Proposals
3.4.1 Regular AR Proposals
3.4.2 Legacy AR Proposals
3.4.3 Calibration AR Proposals
3.4.4 Theory Proposals
3.4.5 Guidelines for AR Proposals
3.4.6 Suggestions for AR Proposals
3.5 Joint HST-Chandra Observing Proposals
3.6 Joint HST/XMM-Newton Observing Proposals
3.7 Joint HST-NOAO Observing Proposals
3.8 Joint HST-NRAO Observing Proposals
3.9 Mid-Cycle GO Proposals
3.10 Director’s Discretionary (DD) Time Proposals
Chapter 4: Observation Types and Special Requirements
4.1 Primary Observations
4.1.1 Continuous Viewing Zone (CVZ) Observations
4.1.2 Target-of-Opportunity (ToO) Observations
4.1.3 Special Restrictions on Observations with COS, STIS/MAMA and ACS/SBC
4.1.4 Solar System Targets
4.1.5 Observations of Targets That Have Not Yet Been Discovered or Identified
4.1.6 Time-Critical Observations
4.1.7 Dithering strategies with ACS and WFC3
4.2 Parallel Observations
4.2.1 Coordinated Parallel Observations
4.2.2 Pure Parallel Observations
4.2.3 Restrictions and Limitations on Parallel Observations
4.3 Special Calibration Observations
Chapter 5: Data Rights and Duplications
5.1 Data Rights
5.2 Policies and Procedures Regarding Duplications
5.2.1 Duplication Policies
5.2.2 How to Check for Duplications
Chapter 6: Proposal Selection Procedures
6.1 How STScI Conducts the Proposal Review
6.1.1 The Review Panels
6.1.2 The Telescope Allocation Committee (TAC)
6.2 Selection Criteria
6.3 Ultraviolet Initiative
6.4 JWST Preparatory Observations
Chapter 7: Guidelines and Checklist for Phase I Proposal Preparation
7.1 General Guidelines
7.1.1 Deadline
7.1.2 Phase I Proposal Format
7.1.3 Page Limits for PDF Attachment
7.2 Proposal Preparation Checklist
Chapter 8: Filling Out the APT Proposal Form
8.1 Title
8.2 Abstract
8.3 Proposal Phase
8.4 Category
8.5 Cycle
8.6 Requested Resources
8.6.1 Primary and Parallel Orbits
8.6.2 Total Targets
8.7 Proprietary Period
8.8 Scientific Category
8.9 Keywords
8.10 Special Proposal Types
8.10.1 Chandra ksec
8.10.2 XMM-Newton ksec
8.10.3 NOAO Nights
8.10.4 NRAO Hours
8.10.5 Theory
8.10.6 Legacy
8.10.7 Calibration
8.10.8 Treasury
8.10.9 UV Initiative
8.10.10 JWST Preparatory Science
8.11 Proposal PDF Attachment
8.12 Principal Investigator
8.13 Co-Investigators
8.14 Datasets
8.15 Targets
8.15.1 Target Number
8.15.2 Target Name
8.15.3 Provisional Coordinates
8.15.4 V-Magnitude
8.15.5 Other Fluxes
8.16 Observation Summary (OS)
8.16.1 Target
8.16.2 Instrument
8.16.3 Instrument Setup(s)
8.16.4 Config
8.16.5 Science Mode
8.16.6 Coronagraphy
8.16.7 Polarizer
8.16.8 Spectral Element
8.16.9 Orbits
8.16.10 Number of Iterations
8.16.11 Special Requirement Checkboxes
8.16.12 Scheduling Requirements
8.16.13 Verifying Schedule Constraints
Chapter 9: Preparation of the PDF Attachment
9.1 Scientific Justification
9.2 Description of the Observations
9.3 Special Requirements
9.4 Coordinated Observations
9.4.1 Joint HST-Chandra Observations
9.4.2 Joint HST/XMM-Newton Observations
9.4.3 Joint HST-NOAO Observations
9.4.4 Joint HST-NRAO Observations
9.5 Justify Duplications
9.6 Analysis Plan
9.7 Management Plan
Chapter 10: Proposal Implementation and Execution
10.1 Notification
10.2 Phase II Submission
10.3 Program Coordinator and Contact Scientist Support
10.4 Duplication Checking
10.5 Technical Review
10.6 Proposal Scheduling
10.6.1 Unschedulable or Infeasible Programs
10.7 Access to Data Products
10.8 Archival Research Support
10.9 Visits to STScI
10.10 Failed Observations
10.11 Publication of HST Results
10.12 Dissemination of HST Results
Chapter 11: Grant Funding and Budget Submissions
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Budget Proposal Deadline
11.3 STScI General Grant Provisions, June 2016
11.4 Eligibility for STScI Grant Funds
11.5 Certification, Assurance, and Representations
11.6 STScI Review of Risk Posed by Applicants
11.7 Budget Proposals
11.7.1 Reasonable, Allowable, Allocatable
11.7.2 Grant Administrative PI
11.7.3 Period of Performance
11.8 Program Management Plans
11.8.1 Program Management Requirements Due With The Phase I submission
11.8.2 Program Management Requirements Due With The Budget Proposal Submission
11.9 Other Program Specific Requirements
11.9.1 Long-Term (Continuation) Programs
11.9.2 Snapshot (SNAP) Budget Proposals
11.10 Priorities of the Financial Review Committee
11.11 Budget Review and Approval Process
11.12 Availability of Funds
11.13 STScI Authority
Appendix A: Contact Information
A.1 Space Telescope Science Institute
A.2 Canadian Astronomy Data Centre
Appendix B: Scientific Keywords
Appendix C: Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix D: Internet Links

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