Subaru Intensive Program

1. Definition of Intensive Program

The following proposals are regarded as "Intensive Programs".
(i) Proposals which request more than 5 nights in a semester.
(ii) Proposals which request observing nights over several semesters (up to 6 consecutive semesters and 40 nights at maximum).
The maximum number of nights in a semester is 20.

Compared to Normal Program Proposals, the maximum page limit of scientific justification is 5 pages, and a different reviewing process is applied.

2. Specific Notice for Intensive Program

  1. Any open-use instruments available for Normal Program are similarly usable in Intensive Program, though special considerations are required for using visiting instruments.(see [note 1])
  2. Identical or very similar proposals should not be submitted to both Normal and Intensive Programs.
  3. An oral interview may be requested to PI in the Time Allocation Committee (See section 4 below).
  4. Since the PI of an accepted Intensive Program proposal should devote to it, it is not desirable that same person doubles as the PIs of Intensive program and Normal program proposals simultaneously. However, as a new rule from S19B, if the overall completion rate is expected to be significantly low, we allow submission of an equivalent normal program proposal (of the same science goal) by the same PI at the last semester of the running intensive program, in order to make up for the loss by one-semester continuation.
  5. In principle, only Japanese can be the PIs of Intensive Program proposals (i.e., either researchers of Japanese nationality or those belonging to Japanese institutes). though exceptions may be possible which will be described case by case.
  6. The PIs of accepted Intensive Program proposals should report their observations and achievements to the Time Allocation Committee upon request, so that the Committee may check and assess them.
  7. Reports of each accepted Intensive Program must be presented at the Subaru Users' Meeting. The Committee may request the PIs to provide a status report at any time.
  8. For Intensive Programs over 3 semesters and 20 nights, a mid-time review is required in which the Time Allocation Commitee will judge whether the program may be continued or not.

[note 1] For intensive programs with a visiting instrument, the Time Allocation Committee and the observatory will assess its technical feasibility in a more cautious manner than those for the facility instruments. The observatory may request the instrument group to provide additional information as described in ‘General Review Points for Technical Justification of Intensive Program with Visiting Instrument’. Thus, consultation with the instrument group before submitting proposals is essential. Please note that CHARIS/SCExAO/VAMPIRES are not available for intensive programs in S19B.

3. Proposal Submission

Visit ProMS 2.0 page as Normal Open Use proposals. Select 'yes' button in Entry 7 "Subaru Open Use Intensive Programs". The Scientific Justification must be described in English within 5 pages, while its direct Japanese translation may be attached (though not necessarily required). It is desirable to clarify the following points in the Scientific Justification:

  • Uniqueness
  • Impact to astronomical community
  • Comparison with similar (firmly planned or ongoing) programs by other large telescopes
  • Outline of the schedule to complete the program
  • Roles of Co-Investigators
The list of Co-Is should be definite at the time of proposal submission.

4. Oral Review

Date: during the Time Allocation Committee
Place: Subaru Project meeting room, NAOJ, Mitaka

Applicants may be asked to give an oral review at the Time Allocation Committee, which is a short presentation followed by questions from the committee members. The relevant PIs of Intensive Program proposals (or alternative persons selected from CoIs in case of unavoidable circumestances) are obliged to attend this interview if requested. Domestic travel expense may be supplied to the oral presenter.

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