1. A modern set of proposal tools and an environment that integrates them. Compared to existing RPS2 software, the proposed software will be more intuitive, visual, responsive, interoperable, and extensible to other observatories.
2. A management structure that supports innovation. We propose to divide development activities into innovating and fielding efforts to prevent operational pressures from inhibiting innovation. This will allow us to use of up-to-date technology, and to remain fluid and responsive to changes. This strategy will ensure state-of-art tools for proposal preparation for the user community.
3. A delivery plan that puts the earliest tools in the hands of the users in time for the next Phase I and II proposal submission cycles. We plan continued frequent deliveries of new tools and capabilities over the next twenty-four months.
APT, the Astronomer's Proposal Tools, is our vision of the proposal
preparation tools environment.