The Fermi Cycle 4 Guest Investigator (GI) proposals will be due on January 21, 2011. Several changes to the program are planned for Cycle 4. A joint Fermi-Suzaku program has been implemented through an agreement with the Suzaku project. Through this program Suzaku observing time can be awarded to successful proposers to the Fermi Guest Investigator Program. Another change is the possibility to propose for projects of two years duration. Please refer to the Fermi amendment to the Fermi Amendment to the 2010 ROSES NRA for details on these opportunities. More information will be appearing here shortly. The ARK/RPS proposal submission system for Fermi Cycle-4 will go online in the near future as well.
Information on Fermi Cycle-3 Phase-2 proposal submission is available here.
The Guest Investigations for Fermi's Cycle-3 Science Program have been selected by NASA HQ based on peer-review recommendations. The peer review was held in mid-April 2010. Over 40 reviewers, including about 10% foreign participants, evaluated 192 proposals. Ten of these were requests were for continuation of Cycle-1 or 2 multi-year awards. A total of 77 cycle-2 programs were selected. This number includes 2 "Large Projects", which are multi-year awards with a larger budget cap than the regular one-year proposals. The titles and abstracts of the selected programs are available here. The Cycle-3 Program begins in mid-August 2010 and lasts for one year.
No specific pointed observations - ToO or scheduled - were approved. The Joint-Time Allocation agreements between Fermi and NRAO and NOAO led to the selection of 14 joint programs involving 880 hours of radio and 89 hours of optical observing time (final approval and scheduling of NRAO and NOAO will be made by those organizations).
Proposal selection statistics by science category and by proposal type are illustrated in the accompanying charts. No a priori quotas are imposed on science topics or proposal types. While extragalactic science, predominantly AGN studies, remains the most popular study area, the proportion of pulsar and GRB programs has increased, which we attribute to the impressive suite of early results. The proportion of theoretical investigations increased significantly from 22% in cycle 2 to 32%, which is attributable to the emergence of new and unexpected observational results in need of deeper interpretation.
Cycle-3 Guest Investigator Proposals were due February 5, 2010. Selected investigations will begin in the third year of Fermi's science observations, i.e., starting in mid August, 2010. The information below is retained as a historical reference.
In Cycle 3 there will be two proposal classes: (1) Regular proposals with research plans that can be completed in one year and (2) Large proposals whose research plans are more expansive and may take up to three years to complete. Grants for regular proposals will be up to $100K with an average range of 50-80K, while large grants will be up to $200K per year with an average range of 100-200K per year. Large projects will be reviewed before each of the two cycles following the cycle of the initial award to determine if appropriate progress is being made toward the proposed objectives. It is anticipated that up to 3 new large projects will be selected for Cycle-3.
Proposers are urged to read carefully the Description of the Fermi Guest Investigator Program for Cycle 3 (i.e., Appendix D.8 of ROSES-09). Below we distill the highlights.
Fermi's Cycle 3 proposal process will have two Phases. In Phase 1 you will submit a cover page and a scientific justification; the cover page (generated by a webform) will include a maximum budget cap and the scientific justification should include a brief management section that describes the resources required (e.g., FTE). The page limit for this section is 4 pages for a Regular proposal, and 6 pages for a Large proposal. An additional page describing proposed NRAO or NOAO observations must be added if you are applying under the 'joint proposal opportunity.' A peer review panel will review your Phase 1 proposal, and you will submit a Phase 2 budget proposal only if your Phase 1 proposal has been tentatively accepted.
As a resource for Cycle-3 proposers, the titles and abstracts of proposals approved for Fermi Cycle-2 can be obtained here.
PIs of Large (multi-year) projects approved in previous cycles must submit a progress report annually on the Phase 1 proposal due date (rather than on the anniversary of the award date). A Large project may be funded for a total of 3 years.
Proposal submission is fully electronic. No paper copies are required. For Fermi's Cycle 3, the Phase 1 (science/technical/management) proposals must be submitted via ARK/RPS. Phase 2 budget proposals will be submitted through NSPIRES. Both systems require simple registration before use-see below for details.
|Announcement (as part of ROSES 2008)||September, 2009|
|Release of online proposal aids and documentation||November, 2009|
|Notices of Intent (optional)||November 16, 2009|
|Proposals Due||February 5, 2010|
|Proposal Peer Review||late April, 2010|
|Phase-2 Proposal Solicitation||mid May 2010|
|Final Selections Announced||June, 2010|
|Fermi Cycle 3 Begins||mid August, 2010|
Before submitting proposals, you must register with the relevant systems (below).
Required Items for a Complete Fermi Cycle 3 Phase 1 proposal submission:
Proposals to analyze released LAT data on a particular source, perform correlated multiwavelength observations of a source, model a source or repoint the Fermi observatory, also require electronic submission of an ARK/RPS target form containing the source name and position (RA and Dec) of the target.
Proposals must be received by 4:30 PM EST February 5, 2010. If you have difficulties submitting your proposal or have technical questions about the Fermi mission, see our Getting Help section.
You will submit a phase 2 (budget) proposal only if your phase 1 proposal has been (tentatively) accepted. You will receive instructions in that happy event.
If you have problems with the first Phase proposal and target forms in the ARK/RPS system, please see the ARK/RPS Quick Help page; questions about ARK/RPS should be sent to the
If you have questions about the Fermi instruments, mission, simulation tools, or overall proposal program, please contact the Fermi Science Support Center Help Desk.
The Fermi Cycle 3 Peer Review will tentatively take place between April 18 and 21, 2010, in Baltimore, MD. Travel and per diem will be supported by NASA, and participants typically spend 2-3 days at the review. Reviewers must have a PhD at the time of the Peer Review.
If you would like to be considered as a reviewer, please send an e-mail to the HEASARC Peer Review mailbox.