The Swift's Guest Investigator (GI) Program, part of NASA's Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) Announcement, provides opportunities for Guest Investigators (GIs) to carry out basic research relevant to the Swift Gamma-Ray Burst (GRB) mission. Cycles 1 and 2 were GRB project funding-only cycles, for theory (GRB and non-GRB), ground-based follow-up and new Swift data analysis projects. Cycle 3 included a limited Target of Opportunity (ToO) program on non-GRB targets, triggered by astrophysical events. Cycle 4 expanded the observing program to include non-ToO observations of compelling, non-GRB targets. Cycles 5 and 6 added opportunities for correlative observations of high redshift GRBs, monitoring and Fill-in targets, and was conducted as a 2-phase review. Cycle 7 provided ToO opportunities for GRBs discovered by other space-based missions or ground-based instruments and fewer restrictions on monitoring programs. Cycle 8 added a "Large Programs" proposal category and increased the total number of visits from 1,500 to 2,000. Cycle 9 added joint observing programs with other facilities (Chandra and XMM-Newton). Cycle 10 retains all these elements, while adding new ones as outlined below.
Proposals are due Thursday, September 26, 2013, 4:30PM EDT (8:30PM GMT).
It is anticipated that up to $1.2M (depending on the available budget) will be available through this solicitation for the support of proposals at a ~$40k average award level. Proposals requesting funds need to include a budget narrative. As during previous cycles, the detailed cost evaluation will be deferred until Phase 2 (budget review). The funding amount requested in the Phase 2 cost proposal may not exceed the amount proposed in Phase 1. Funds will be released to successful U.S. PIs after the start of FY15 (October 2014).
Proposers can request funding to conduct correlative observations at other wavelengths in support of Swift observations. This category includes correlative GRBs observations, as in previous cycles, and it has been expanded to non-GRBs observations. Proposers should address how the use of their facilities will complement the Swift science program. The extent to which the proposed research will enhance the science return from Swift will be considered in the proposal evaluation process.
Notices of Intent (NOIs): NOIs are not an option.
Cycle 10 will be a 2-Phase review: Phase 1 will consist of the scientific/technical peer review of all proposals. GIs that are successful in Phase 1 will be invited to submit detailed budgets for review in Phase 2, provided the GI is eligible for funding (i.e., is at a US institution).
No NSPIRES proposal submission during Phase 1: All proposals, whether for funding-only or for observation, will be submitted to ARK/RPS. Only Phase-2 budget proposals of accepted proposals will go to NSPIRES.
Joint Swift/XMM-Newton Program: Proposers interested in making use of Swift time as part of their XMM-Newton science investigation may submit a single proposal in response to the XMM-Newton AO-13. The award of Swift observing time will be made to highly ranked XMM-Newton proposals and will be subject to approval by the Swift Project. Details about the Program elements will be posted on the XMM-Newton Science Operations Centre web site as soon as they become available. No funds will be provided from the Swift Project for such joint Swift/XMM-Newton investigations.
Joint Swift/Chandra Program: Proposers interested in making use of Swift time as part of their Chandra science investigation may submit a single proposal in response to the Chandra Call for Proposals. The award of Swift observing time will be made to highly ranked Chandra proposals and will be subject to approval by the Swift Project. Details about the Program elements will be posted on the Chandra web site as soon as they become available. No funds will be provided from the Swift Project for such joint Swift/Chandra investigations.
Time-Constrained Observations: Time-constrained observations are defined as observations that have to be performed within a certain time window. These can be ToOs or non-ToOs, either monitoring or non-monitoring observations, but not Fill-in observations. These include phase-constrained proposals, coordinated observing campaigns with ground- or space-based facilities, etc. Time-constrained observations are subject to the following limits:
For coordinated and constrained observations, it is the proposer's responsibility to inform the Swift Science Operations Team (by sending a ToO request) of the observing time window at least one week before observations commence.
Observation Length: Requested observing time is limited to between 1 ks minimum and 40 ks maximum per observation (i.e., a single visit to the target). Because Swift has no continuous viewing zones, all observations longer than 2 ks are likely to be broken into several visits by the Swift science planners.
No more than 2,000 visits will be performed during Cycle 10 (total of all proposal categories).
GRB ToOs: Cycle 10 has the opportunity to propose for GRB ToOs that are detected with instruments other than Swift (e.g., MAXI, Fermi).
Estimates of ToO trigger probability: In order to help both the reviewers and Swift's schedulers, the target forms for proposed Swift ToO observations require a realistic trigger probability for each source. This is the probability that the proposed source will meet its trigger criteria during Cycle 10.
Theory Proposals: Theory proposals are not restricted to GRB investigations and will be considered provided that they address the degree to which the investigations directly advance Swift science goals.
Changes to Swift GRB Operations: Cycle 10 allows proposals that request changes or additions to current Swift strategies to detect or observe GRBs or to perform innovate Swift GRB analysis. Proposals that request changes to Swift on-board capabilities or operational procedures may require special scrutiny during the review process and may require approval by the Swift Configuration Control Board before implementation. Investigators who consider such proposals need to consult with the Swift team prior to proposal submission.
Correlative GRB Observations: Proposals who request funding for GRB correlative observations need to clearly demonstrate in their proposal that such data will be rapidly made available to the public.
Special Consideration for correlative observations of high redshift GRBs: To encourage the development of rapid IR ground-based response to potentially high redshift GRBs, special consideration will be given to such projects. Proposals to bring new or enhanced ground-based IR capabilities online may require funding substantially above the average award (e.g., in the ~$100k range of previous ROSES APRA awards). Such budget requests will be considered provided they are strongly justified. In the case of these proposals alone, proposers are allowed to exceed the $40k budget ceiling.
Fill-In Proposals: No funding will be provided for proposals in the "Fill-in" category. There is no limit on the number of fill-in targets a proposer can submit. UVOT grism observations are not part of the Fill-in program, and can not be requested through proposals in this category.
Page Limit for Proposals: Proposals for correlative GRBs observations that intend to bring new or enhanced ground-based IR capabilities online have a page limit of 6 pages + 1 page for the budget narrative. Proposals in all other proposal categories have a 4 page limit + 1 page for the budget narrative. No supporting materials (e.g., CV, current and pending support, etc.) are permitted.
Budget Narrative: Proposers must submit a budget narrative that explains in sufficient detail how the proposed funds will be used to achieve the goals outlined in the proposal. The budget narrative has a 1-page limit that will not count toward the above page limit.
Templates: We encourage you to use the LaTeX template or MS Word template (for Word 2008 or Word 97) for the scientific part of the proposal (i.e., the written text component of the proposal). The style files needed to compile the LaTeX file can be found here. If you use your own template, make sure that you include the same sections as in the template. No font size smaller than 11pt is allowed (incl. Figure captions, and references)
UVOT Filter Justification: UVOT observations are specified by an observing mode, which divides the requested observing time appropriately among a group of filters. In an effort to conserve UVOT filter wheel rotations, proposers who wish UVOT observations taken in filters other than "filter of the day" (either the U, UVW1, UVM2, or UVW2 filter that is chosen by the science planners on each particular day) need to provide a strong justification for the choice of the filters. If no strong justification is provided, all observations will be performed in "filter of the day" mode. A list of the available UVOT modes can be found here.
Release of Funds: Funds will be released to successful U.S. PIs after the start of FY15 (October 2014).
|ROSES-2013 NRA||NSPIRES web page with links to ROSES-2013 announcement and all amendments, plus links to NRA Proposers Guidebook, NASA Science Plan and more.|
|ROSES 2013 Appendix D.5 "Swift Guest Investigator ycle 10"||NSPIRES web page with links to the ROSES-2013 Appendix D.5 with all details of the Swift Cycle 10 elements.|
Investigations are to be carried out in the tenth year of Swift's public observations, i.e., April 2014 through March 2015.
What the Swift GI program is:
|Time available for non-ToO targets:||2 Msec|
|Time available for Fill-in targets:||1 Msec|
|Time available for ToO targets:||1 Msec|
|Time available for Large Programs:||1 Msec|
|Total anticipated funding for all GRB investigations and non-GRB observations:||up to $1.2M
The table below gives the available proposal categories:
|1.||Theoretical GRB and non-GRB Investigations||Funding only|
|2.||Correlative GRB observations involving new or enhanced IR capabilities for investigating high-z bursts||Funding only|
|3.||Other correlative investigations (GRB and non-GRB)||Funding only|
|4.||New Swift GRB Projects||Funding only|
|5.||Swift ToO observations of GRB or non-GRB targets||Funding+observations|
|6.||Swift non-ToO observations of non-GRB targets||Funding+observations|
|7.||Swift Fill-in targets||Observations only|
|ROSES 2012 NRA Released:||February 14, 2013|
|Notices of Intent due:||Option not available|
|Phase 1 Proposals Due:||September 26, 2013, 4:30PM EDT (8:30PM GMT)|
|Phase 1 Proposal Peer Review:||Early December, 2013|
|Phase 2 Budget Proposals Due:||February 2014|
|Swift Cycle 10 Begins:||April 1, 2014|
|Swift Cycle 10 Ends:||March 31, 2015|
Proposers are urged to read carefully the Description of the Swift Guest Investigator Program in the NASA Research Announcement NNH13ZDA001N. Below we distill the highlights.
The proposal PDF file submitted via ARK/RPS should only include:
Proposals must be received by September 26, 2013, 4:30PM EDT (8:30PM GMT). If you have difficulties submitting your proposal or have technical questions about the Swift mission, see our Getting Help section. Proposals submitted after the proposal deadline will not be considered.
If you have questions about the Swift GI program, see our Swift GI Program FAQ. If you don't find the answer there, or have questions about the Swift instruments, mission, or simulation tools, contact the Swift Help Desk via our Feedback form.
The Swift Cycle 10 Peer Review will take place in the Washington DC metropolitan area in early December 2013. The exact date and location are still to be determined at this point. Reviewers must have a PhD at the time of the Peer Review. If you feel you are qualified to be considered as a reviewer, please send an email to the HEASARC Peer Review Mailbox and mention that you are interested in being a reviewer for Swift Cycle 10.