16 August 2018 to 3 September 2018
Asia/Bangkok timezone

Cycle 6 Call for Proposals (CfP: 2018 - 2019) 

Deadline: September 3rd, 2018 (11:59 Bangkok Time)

Proposals are invited to request time on the 2.4m Thai National Telescope (TNT) and a network of smaller, 0.6-0.7m, Thai Remote Telescopes (TRTs) for the Cycle 6 & 6A observing seasons, October 15, 2018 to April 30, 2019 and October 1 to December 31, 2018, respectively. Eligible proposers are restricted to researchers affiliated to Thai institutes, and to researchers from institutes holding special Agreements with NARIT. Separated terms of evaluation are in place for proposals from junior Thai researchers.

What's new in this Cycle?

- TRTs are now available for observing time proposal on a shared-risk basis. The observing cycle is denoted with 6A to emphasise the different observing period for the call, i.e. October 1 to December 31, 2018. 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.

- For TNT application, PI can request the use of ONLY ONE scientific instrument per application. 

- 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. 


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. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposals by September 15th, 2018.

Observers are expected to contact the NARIT staff to prepare their visit at least one month in advance of their run. They are expected to cover their expenses for travel to the TNT Doi Inthanon site as well as for local accommodation and subsistence. A set of Instructions for Visiting Astronomers are available to facilitate the logistics of the visit. Visitors are strictly required to fill an End of Run report and submit it to the NARIT staff within one week after the end of observations.

You are required to read the Instructions very 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.