12-22 March 2019
Asia/Bangkok timezone

Cycle 6C Call for Proposals (Apr - Jun 2019) 

Deadline: 11:59 March 22nd, 2019 (noon, Bangkok Time)

Proposals are invited to request time on the network of 0.6-0.7 meter Thai Robotic Telescopes (TRTs) for the Cycle 6B, April 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. Eligible proposers are restricted to researchers affiliated to Thai institutes, and to researchers from institutes holding special Agreements with NARIT. 

What's new in this Cycle?

- For Cycle 6C, the PI's are asked if they would volunteer for their data to be searched for moving objects in near realtime. The effort is being lead by one of NARIT researchers, Dr. David Mkrtichian. He is responsible for the auto-search pipeline and writing a report to Minor Planet Center (MPC) if new asteroid is found. The co-authorship on the MPC report and subsequent publications of a discovery is also offered to the PI of the project which data are taken for. The PI is asked to indicate his/her choice in the online proposal if they wish to participate in this program and if so whether he/she would like to be on the MPC report. The PI can also nominate one Co-I from his/her proposal to also co-author any discovery of a new asteroid arising from their data. For more information as well as agreement and rules of how your data will be used please see this document.


The Proposals will be reviewed and ranked on the basis of their scientific merit by a Time Allocation Committee (TAC) nominated by the NARIT Director. TAC members include qualified researchers from NARIT and other institutes in Thailand and Asia. The technical feasibility of the proposals will be reviewed by the NARIT Operations Department. 

You are required to read the Instructions carefully before making the applications. You must ensure that the applications are filled out truthfully and as accurately as possible. PIs are responsible for the content in the proposal, any misuse of NARIT facilities, data or false information may result in being disqualified from application process or any scheduled time slot. 

- TRTs are now available for observing time proposal on a shared-risk basis. The observing cycle is denoted with 6C to emphasise the different observing period for the call, i.e. April 1 to June 30, 2019. There will be four Calls for Proposals each year, denoting A, B, C and D. 

- We now enable Target of Opportunity (ToO) application outside of normal active CfP periods that can be submitted at any time. Normal application can only be submitted during an active CfP.

- Titles and Abstracts of all the proposals we received during this and later cycles will be published online at the NARIT website. 

- Metadata of the data taken during this and later cycles, except the ULTRASPEC GTOs, will be made available on NARIT public scientific data archive. However, the actual data themselves will be kept proprietary for a period of ONE year after the end of the cycle which the data were taken. After which, the data may be queryable by the public or any user of NARIT scientific data archive. If for any reason, e.g. nature of the scientific campaign etc., PI may request an extension of the proprietary period which the TAC will consider on a case by case basis.