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Swift Cycle 3 Guest Investigator Program Information

Swift Cycle 3 Guest Investigator Program Information

The Swift Web site at http://swift.gsfc.nasa.gov/  has
recently been updated with information about the
Cycle 3 Guest investigator program, a component of
the NASA Headquarters Research Opportunities in
Space Science (ROSES) 2006 Research Announcement.
The schedule for Swift Cycle 3 is:

    *  ROSES 2006 NRA released: January 27, 2006
    * Notices of Intent due: June 2, 2006
    * Proposals due: July 28, 2006
    * Proposal Review: October 2006

See the Proposals & Tools link at the Swift Web site for
more information.

New for Cycle 3: limited Target of Opportunity (TOO) observing
time will be made available to scientists at U.S and non-U.S. institutions.
Funding through the NASA Swift GI Program is available only to
scientists at U.S. institutions. Consistent with Explorer Program policy,
there will be no proprietary data rights to observations conducted with
Swift. All science data will be made freely available through the Swift
Web site as soon as possible.

This Swift GI Program therefore solicits proposals in the following areas:

    * New Swift GRB projects not duplicative of team Key Projects and
not requiring GI-specified observatory pointings;

    * New Swift non-GRB TOO observations which promise large s
cientific return and capitalize on Swift's unique capabilities of rapid
repointing and multiwavelength observations;

    * Correlative GRB observations with non-Swift instruments and
observatories; and

    * Theoretical GRB investigations that will advance the mission
science return of Swift.

It is anticipated that approximately $1.5M will be available for the
of approximately 30 Swift Guest Investigators located at US institutions
selected under Cycle 3.

Also new for Cycle 3: Proposal submission is fully electronic. No
paper copies are required. Swift Cycle 3 proposals must be submitted
via NSPIRES, a NASA Web-based proposal management system.
In addition, proposers for TOO observations must submit target
information to a separate Web database (AKBAR/RPS). Both s
ystems require simple registration before use - see the Swift Web
site for details.

Swift Proposal Review in San Francisco October 2006: The Swift
Cycle 3 review is expected to take place in San Francisco immediately
prior to the AAS High Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD) meeting
as a convenience to reviewers. If you would like to be considered as a
reviewer, please email peer_review@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov with
your contact information. Reviewers must have a PhD in astrophysics
or a closely related field at the time of the Peer Review.

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