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INTEGRAL Proposals and AO-News

The latest INTEGRAL AO news from ESA can be found at the INTEGRAL Science Operation Center (ISOC).

AO-15 Released

20 February 2017 The ESA Director of Science and Robotic Exploration (Prof. Alvaro Giménez Cañete) has released the 15th Announcement of Opportunity for observing proposals with INTEGRAL. The deadline for proposal submission is March 31, 2017.

In this AO, ESA provides the opportunity to propose for coordinated observations with XMM-Newton, NASA's NuSTAR telescope and/or NASA's Swift satellite with a total of 300 ks, 100 ks and 150 ks, respectively, of their available time. Note that through an agreement with ESA, the Fermi project of NASA offers the possibility to obtain observing time with INTEGRAL through a single proposal to NASA via the Fermi AO.

Additional information can be found on the ESA INTEGRAL website.

Release of AO-15: call for observing time proposals:   February 20, 2017
Deadline for submission of observing time proposals:   March 31, 2017 (14:00 CEST)
Meeting of the Time Allocation Committee:   May 15-17, 2017
Start of AO-15 cycle of observations:   January 1, 2018

AO-14 Observations Underway

11 January 2017 The AO-14 cycle of observations started on January 1st and will last 12 months, see the INTEGRAL target lists and sky maps for details as well as the long-term plan.

AO-14 Observations Approved

28 June 2016 The INTEGRAL AO-14 General Programme, as recommended by the Time Allocation Committee (TAC) and approved by ESA's Director of Science and Robotic Exploration (Prof. Alvaro Gimenez), has been released and the observers have been informed.

Change in Russian Federation data rights

13 January 2016 Last year, the Russian Advisory Committee (RAC) for INTEGRAL agreed with proposed changes to the data rights policy with regard to Russian Federation proposals in AO-13. Data or science rights to the targets or science in the field of view (FOV) of the instruments proposed by the PIs from the Russian Federation and accepted by the TAC will be allocated to these PIs with the usual 1-year proprietary period. However, the rest of the field will be made public to the community at-large through the consolidated data programme, i.e., having a policy similar to that for non-Russian Federation proposals. Russian PIs still have exceptional access to the near-real time data of their observations. This policy change is in effect from January 1. Note that the guaranteed return to the Russian science community from the open time programme stays 25%.

Prior AOs

The observing schedules and lists of approved targets for AO-1 to AO-12 are available from ESA's INTEGRAL web site. The AO-1 through AO-12 observing targets are also listed in the INTEGRAL Observing Program Catalog (INTEGRALAO) in the HEASARC INTEGRAL archive. It is searchable using either Browse or Xamin.

Tables of NASA funded investigators

  • AO-5.
  • AO-4.
  • AO-3.
  • Archival/Theoretical Guest Investigations for AO-3.

    Proposal Tools

    Proposal preparation tools, and instructions for responding to AOs are available through the INTEGRAL Science Operation Center (ISOC).

    Last updated:Tuesday, 21-Feb-2017 12:37:36 EST .