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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #091: AO-4 Release / NASA Dear Colleague Letter

30 August 2004



1) AO-4 Release
2) NASA AO4 Dear Colleague Letter
3) Grant Recipient Reporting

1) AO-4 Release
ESA has released the AO-4 Call for Science Proposals.
AO Release:  30 August 2004
Due Date:     8 October 2004 (12:00 UT)
Results:        December 2004/January 2005
The XMM SOC AO pages can be found at:
While the NASA GOF proposal pages are at:
The NASA Dear Colleague Letter can be found at

and is also attached below.                                               

2) NASA AO4 Dear Colleague Letter

Dear Colleague,

NASA is pleased to call to the attention of members of the U.S. 
scientific community the release by the European Space Agency (ESA) 
of the Announcement of Opportunity (AO), "XMM-Newton Call for 
Observing Proposals", soliciting Guest Observing proposals for the 
fourth cycle (AO-4) observing program for ESA's X-ray Multi-Mirror 
Mission (XMM-Newton).  The subject Announcement solicits proposals 
for observations to be performed during a 12-month period commencing 
in early 2005.  Due to the nature of the NASA-ESA bilateral agreement, 
proposals from scientists affiliated with U.S. institutions only are 
solicited by this Letter; others are advised to contact ESA directly. 
U.S. scientists may propose either as Principal Investigators or as 
Co-Investigators on proposals with non-U.S. P.I.'s (foreign P.I. 
proposals). The AO may be accessed directly from ESA at the following 


The XMM-Newton Guest Observer Facility (GOF) at the Goddard Space 
Flight Center (GSFC) is the support center for XMM-Newton activities 
in the U.S.  Information of interest to U.S. observers, as well as 
general project information, can be found at the following address:


A detailed description of the mission, including instrument 
capabilities and additional information pertaining to the proposal 
preparation and submission procedures, are also available via links 
from the XMM-Newton home page at that address.  (General questions 
concerning XMM-Newton and participation by U.S. investigators should be 
addressed to xmmhelp@athena.gsfc.nasa.gov.)  ESA will be responsible 
for conducting a peer review of all submitted proposals, including 
those from U.S. investigators, and determining the associated time 
allocation.  Current plans call for ESA to notify proposers and NASA 
of the results of the peer review in early 2005.

As for Cycles 1-3, NASA has allocated funding for a Guest Observer 
(GO) program to support the analysis, interpretation, and publication 
of data obtained by U.S. proposers who are granted Open Time observing 
on XMM-Newton through the ESA AO.   The level of funding available for 
any approved program will depend on the total funding available, the 
size and complexity of the investigation, whether the proposed budget 
is for a P.I. or lead Co.-I. (for foreign PI proposals), and on the 
ultimate number of U.S. investigations approved by ESA.  Note that 
highest priority is assigned to U.S. P.I. proposals; funding for Co-I. 
participation in foreign-P.I. proposals is allocated at a reduced 
level (roughly one-half of the U.S. P.I. level for an equivalent 
proposal, an increase over previous AOs granted by the 2004 Senior 
Review).  We anticipate that approximately $5.5 M will be available 
for support of U.S. Guest Observers under AO-4.  Details regarding the 
timing and mechanism of NASA's solicitation for data analysis funding 
requests will be announced after the results of the ESA peer review 
have been released; please do not submit a budget with your observing 

For additional technical or programmatic information regarding U.S. 
participation in the XMM-Newton mission, please contact:

Technical Information:          Dr. Steve Snowden 
                                Goddard Space Flight Center 
                                Code 662 
                                Greenbelt, MD  20771 
                                Tel:  (301) 286-8100 
                                Fax:  (301) 286-1684 

Programmatic Information:       Dr. Louis Kaluzienski 
                                NASA Headquarters 
                                Code SZ 
                                Washington, DC  20546 
                                Tel:  (202) 358-0365 
                                Fax:  (202) 358-3096 


Dr. L. J. Kaluzienski
US XMM-Newton Program Scientist

3) Grant Recipient Reporting
This is a reminder that holders of NASA XMM-Newton GO grants
must submit a final report after completion of the grant
period.  A standard form/cover page can be found at:
Note that if the proposed work was not feasible, for example
if soft proton flaring made the data unusable, that should
be explained as well.

A service of the XMM-Newton GOF, NASA/GSFC

Please do not reply to this email.
Questions or comments should go to:

Dr. Stefan Immler    XMM-Newton Guest Observer Facility
NASA/GSFC/USRA       email: immler@milkyway.gsfc.nasa.gov
Code 662             phone: (+1)301-286-0072
Greenbelt, MD 20771  fax:   (+1)301-286-1684
A service of the XMM-Newton GOF, NASA/GSFC

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