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OPTICON call for proposals (2017B) open

We are pleased to announce that the call for observing time at night time telescopes supported by the OPTICON Trans-National Access programme is now open. See http://www.astro-opticon.org/fp7-2/tna/opticon_call_new.html.

The deadline for proposal submission will be on 28 February 2017 at 23.59UT exactly. The Horizon 2020 contract adds two new robotic telescopes, requirement to support time domain astronomy which is defined as a science category in its own right and some changes to the rules on applicant nationalities. We have also tried to define which facilities are best able to support various kinds of overrides, monitoring and time critical observations. Please review the web-page notes carefully, even if you have used the TNA programme before.

The TNG semester is centred on October 2017 to March 2018. Note that technical support for the submission software is not provided out-of-hours and late applications will not be accepted, so please complete your application in plenty of time. In recent semesters we have recived between 60-75 proposals and allocated about 15 projects per semester.