Proposal Documents

Observer's Handbook | Proposal preparation tutorials

SOFIA Archival Research Program

Call for Proposals
USPOT Manual
Budget Template

Cycle 9 Documentation

Call for Proposals (for regular proposals)
Call for Proposals for the SOFIA Legacy Program (SLP)
Observer's Handbook for Cycle 9
USPOT Manual (not cycle-specific)

AOR and projects examples (Proposal prep webinars proceedings)
SLP & SARP Budget Template (not cycle-specific)

Cycle 8 Documentation

Call for Proposals (for regular proposals)
Call for Proposals for Legacy (SLP) and Archival (SARP) programs.
Observer's Handbook for Cycle 8
USPOT Manual (not cycle-specific)
SLP & SARP Budget Template (not cycle-specific)

Cycle 7 Documentation

Call for Proposals
Legacy Call for Proposals
Observer's Handbook for Cycle 7
USPOT Manual (not cycle-specific)
SLP Budget Template (not cycle-specific)


Cycle-Independent Documentation

In addition to cycle-specific documentation, the following documents are regularly updated:

Quick Guide — brief booklet with an overview of each instrument, including science examples
​Tech Flyer — single-page list of specifications of SOFIA and its instrument suite
USPOT Manual — instructions for submitting proposals with the Unified SOFIA Proposal and Observation Tool (USPOT); download USPOT here


Searchable Documentation Compilation

Compilation of SOFIA documentation, including data documentation, as described below.

  • Call for Proposals - overview of the specified cycle, including offered instrumentation, available modes of operation, southern deployment, and notable changes from previous cycles.
  • Observer's Handbook - the primary technical reference for astronomers who wish to submit a proposal to SOFIA; provides an in-depth review of each instrument's capabilities and observation techniques
  • Data Handbooks - descriptions of data products, processing steps, calibration procedures, and known issues
  • Data Cookbook Recipes - guided examples of common data analysis objectives using SOFIA processed data; access SOFIA archival data here
Searchable Documentation Compilation
Documentation Instrument Cycle Link
Observer's Handbook   9 link
Observer's Handbook   8 link
Observer's Handbook   7 link
Observer's Handbook   6 link
Observer's Handbook   5 link
Observer's Handbook   4 link
Observer's Handbook   8 link
Call for Proposals   9 link
Call for Proposals   8 link
Call for Proposals   7 link
Call for Proposals   6 link
Call for Proposals   5 link
Call for Proposals   4 link
Call for Proposals   3 link
Call for Proposals   2 link
Call for Proposals   1 link
Call for Proposals   8 CfP for regular proposals
Legacy Call for Proposals   9 link
Legacy Call for Proposals   7 link
Legacy Call for Proposals   8 CfP for SLP and SARP proposals
Archival Call for Proposals   8 CfP for SLP and SARP proposals
Data Cookbook Recipe FORCAST   Photometry
Data Cookbook Recipe FORCAST   Grism Spectra Series: Basic Inspection and Assessment
Data Cookbook Recipe FORCAST   Grism Spectra Series: Custom Spectral Extraction
Data Cookbook Recipe FORCAST   Grism Spectra Series: Basic Line Analysis
Data Cookbook Recipe HAWC+   30 Doradus (associated white paper here)
Data Cookbook Recipe FIFI-LS   Basic Cube Analysis using SOSPEX
Data Cookbook Recipe GREAT   How to View GREAT Spectra Using CLASS Utility
Data Handbook EXES   link
Data Handbook FIFI-LS   link
Data Handbook FLITECAM   link
Data Handbook FORCAST   link
Data Handbook HAWC+   link

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