The call for proposals for NASA Keck time in observing semester 2022A (February 1 - July 31, 2022) is now open for professional research using the NASA allocation for telescope observing time at the W.M. Keck Observatory.
The opportunity to propose as a Principal Investigator (PI) for the NASA time on the Keck Telescopes is open to all U.S.-based astronomers, i.e. those with their principal affiliation at a U.S. institution.
Monday, August 16, 2021 at 4 pm US PDT: Due date for required but non-binding NOIs for Key Strategic Mission Support (KSMS) programs
Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 11 am PDT: DAPR informational meeting for proposers; recorded presentation can be viewed here.
Thursday, September 16, 2021 by 4 pm US PDT: All proposals and supporting letters due to NExScI by 4 pm US PDT
Additionally, we will have a webinar on August 26 at 11 AM PDT to review this information and answer your questions. View the recording here.
Required but non-binding Notices of Intent (NOIs) to submit a Key Strategic Mission Support (KSMS) proposal must be submitted to NExScI by Monday, August 16, 2021 by 4 pm US PDT. The PI and Co-I names and proposal title should not change once the NOI is submitted since we will use this information in selecting an appropriate review panel. After the NOI submission deadline, co-Is may be added to the proposal only with approval of the NASA Selection Official.
During the pandemic, Keck will support up to two observers for at-home observing: one primary and one secondary observer. Additional observers can join but cannot launch the VNC control system for the instruments. At-home observing requires the installation of software which only runs on Linux and macOS operating systems. At-home observers will be contacted by Keck staff and should work with this staff to install and test the software several days ahead of their run to allow time for troubleshooting.
(last updated August 27th, 2021 15:38:35)