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Cycle 7 Call for Proposals Released!

Cycle 7 timeline

Cycle 7 will feature two Calls for Proposals issued by the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) to solicit observing proposals from the U.S. and international astronomical communities. Proposals for both calls are due Septemeber 7, 2018 and observations are expected to begin April 27, 2019. Approximately 400 hours of observing time are available for regular observing proposals, with $4M in funding available to support guest observers based in the US. Thesis enabling proposals intended to enable and support PhD theses based on SOFIA data will be supported, with highly ranked proposals in this category eligible for up to two years of graduate student support.

In addition to the regular Call for Proposals, Cycle 7 will host a second call to premiere the SOFIA Legacy Program to enable programs spanning two cycles. Each cycle will utilize approximately 50 hours of the 100 total available hours for the Legacy Program for Cycle 7. $1M will be available to support Legacy Programs.

There is an additional call for those affiliated with German institutions administered by the German SOFIA Institute (Deutsches SOFIA Institut; DSI) on behalf of the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt; DLR) that will offer an additional approximately 70 hours of observing time.

The Proposal Resources page contains all necessary documentation and useful tools for submitting proposals, including the following documentation for Cycle 7:

Call for Proposals

Legacy Call for Proposals

SOFIA Legacy Budget Template

Observer's Handbook

USPOT Manual

Upcoming Community Days 
May 23 at IPAC in Pasadena, CA — Register Here
August 3 at NOAO in Tucson, AZ — Register Here
Friday, August 3, 2018 at NOAO in Tucson, AZ — Register Here

The Community Days Workshops will provide support for researchers who are interested in proposing for SOFIA during the NASA funded SOFIA Cycle 7 Call for Proposals. In addition to some SOFIA science highlights, the workshop will cover the observatory capabilities and the proposal preparation. Registration is free, and those with SOFIA related research are invited to give a short presentation during the workshop!



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