Science Operations

Overview Tab

This is the top left panel of the General PIT, when Overview is selected from the “Overview / Time Requests / Scheduling / Submit” options shown below the panel.

This is the top left panel of the Italian PIT, when Overview is selected from the “Overview / Time Requests / Scheduling / Submit” options shown below the panel.

Title: Type the title of your proposal in the box.

Abstract (General PIT ONLY): Type in your Abstract in the box. The Abstract should be limited to about 200 words. Use plain text, as LaTeX and other formatting commands will not be interpreted by the tool.

TAC Category:

  • General: Please select one of “Solar System”, “Galactic” or “Extragalactic” from the drop-down menu.
  • INAF: Please select “A: Cosmology”, “B: Galaxies and galactic nuclei”, “C: ISM, star formation, and planetary systems”, or “D: Stellar Evolution”

Keywords: Click on the icon to select keywords appropriate for your proposal; the keywords are used by the TACs to categorize the proposal. There is no limit to the number of keywords. To help you find keywords, type in text in the box at the top, and the keywords that match will be shown.

Attachment: Click the paper clip icon to attach a PDF file containing your proposal, formatted as required by the partner to which you are applying. This file must be in PDF format. The attachment can be removed using the red “X” icon that appears on the right after you select a file.

Name, Institution Phone, Email: List the PI and co-Is in this section. Double click on the entry box to type in the information. You can use the “+” button at the bottom of the box to add another person on the list. The arrows can be used to move entries up or down. The PIT only requires information for one PI, please check your partner institutes for specific instructions.

Edit to Resubmit Proposal: To resubmit a proposal from this semester or a previous semester you need to make an editable copy of the proposal by using the “Edit to Resubmit Proposal” button. This will open an identical copy of your proposal. Instructions on how to convert xml proposal from previous semesters can be found in the FAQ Tab.

PDF Proposal Attachment

Most partners require that proposals contain a Science Justification, Technical Description, and other text for review by the partner TAC. You can attach this information as a PDF using the Phase I Tool. Simply click on the “paper clip” button next to the word “Attachment” on the Overview Tab and a dialogue box will appear. You can then browse and select your completed PDF.

General PIT

Italy PIT

Below is a generalized description of sections often required by LBTO partners. For exact instructions, including page length, etc. please see the webpages regarding proposal submission published by the partner to which you are applying.

Cover Sheet: Your PDF upload must include the partner-specific cover sheet required by the partner to which you are proposing. Directions for these cover sheets are published by the partners on their Call for Proposal webpages.

Scientific Justification: This should be a high-level description of the observations and the fundamental problem that they will address. Make sure to include the overall significance to astronomy. This section can also be used to describe the overall observational program, including sample selection, data analysis, etc.

Technical Description: This should be a description of how the observations contribute toward the accomplishment of the goals outlined in the science justification. Also justify the instrument and telescope configuration, the exposure times and the weather constraints requested. Describe the results from the Integration Time Calculators here. Justify the total time requested.

Publications: Enter a list of publications written by the PI and Co-Is that support this proposal.

Use of Other Facilities or Resources: List any applications to other facilities that are related to this proposal.

Previous Use of LBT: List allocations of telescope time on LBTO to the PI during the last 2 years, together with the current status of the data.