Joint James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)/NASA Keck Proposals

Click here for the full JWST Cycle 3 Call for Proposals (to be released August 15, 2023), including specific information on Joint JWST/NASA Keck programs.
JWST Cycle 3 Proposals are due October 25, 2023.

By agreement with NASA HQ, the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) and the Space Science Telescope Institute (STScI), the JWST Telescope Allocation Committee (TAC) will award NASA Keck time to highly ranked proposals that request observations from both JWST and NASA Keck. Proposers will submit a single proposal to STScI/JWST to request time on both observatories for JWST Cycle 3 and NASA Keck semesters 2024B and 2025A. This procedure is meant to avoid having to submit separate proposals to and be approved by both the JWST and Keck TACs.

The only criterion above and beyond the usual review criteria is that both sets of data are required to meet the science goals. The proposed project does NOT need to require simultaneous JWST and Keck observations.

This joint program is part of the JWST Cycle 3 proposal solicitation to be released on August 15 with proposals due on October 25, 2023. No NASA Keck time awarded to a joint program will be scheduled prior to the start of the 2024B observing semester (August 1, 2024) unless observations are high priority and can only be completed in July 2024. Some information on the joint program is given below; read the Cycle 3 Call for Proposals for complete information.

  • The instruments available for NASA Keck 2024A observations are listed here and we expect them to be the same for 2024B.
  • Joint JWST/Keck proposals will be submitted to STScI
  • JWST Cycle 3 Call for Proposals will be released August 15, 2023
  • JWST Cycle 3 proposals will be due October 25, 2023
  • Up to 10-15 nights per year can be allocated by the JWST TAC, split between the 2024B and 2025A semesters. Particularly high priority observations that can only be completed in July 2024 (i.e. to coincide with the start of JWST Cycle 3 observations) may also be considered.
  • Up to 2 partner Keck Target of Opportunity/cadence interrupts can be awarded by the JWST TAC for the time period covered by the 2024B and 2025A observing semesters
  • Multi-semester proposals of up to 2 semesters (1 JWST proposal cycle) will be permitted.
  • Keck data collected under this joint program are subject to same nominal period of exclusive use as the JWST data.
  • Keck observations approved through this joint program will be scheduled in a similar fashion to all other Keck programs. Keck observations lost to weather or instrument/telescope issues will not be rescheduled.
  • Requests for contemporaneous/simultaneous JWST/Keck observations will be considered but cannot be guaranteed.
  • NASA Keck time will only be awarded in conjunction with new JWST observations, not with Archival or Theory proposals.
  • Major results from these programs should be credited to both JWST and NASA/Keck.
  • Proposers to the JWST TAC will be required to submit a WMKO coversheet on which instrumentation information and lead observers will be designated. It is a WMKO requirement that first-time users of an instrument have at least one lead observer present at Keck for the initial observing run.
  • NExScI will perform a technical review of the Keck portion of the joint proposals approved by the JWST TAC and reserves the right to reject any approved observation determined to be infeasible, impossible to schedule, and/or dangerous to the telescopes or instruments. Any Keck observations that prove infeasible or impossible could jeopardize the overall science program and may cause revocation of the corresponding JWST time allocation. We, therefore, urge proposers to discuss technical concerns with appropriate staff at both observatories.
  • Proposers will be required to check if appropriate archival Keck data exist in the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA) and provide clear scientific and technical justification for any new Keck observations of previously observed targets.
  • Although teams may propose a similar or the same program to both the NASA/Keck and JWST TACs, STScI and NExScI personnel will examine approved programs to avoid duplication of proposals/programs in the use of NASA Keck time.

(last updated July 13th, 2023 13:45:20)