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HEASARC News: INTEGRAL AO-7 Data Rights Announcement

May 27, 2009

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 "INTEGRAL Announcement of Opportunity for Obtaining Data 
Rights to Targets within Previously Approved AO-7 Observing Programmes." This Announcement 
solicits proposals for obtaining data rights for targets within AO-7 observations of ESA's INTErnational 
Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) to be performed during the 14.5-month period 
from October 16, 2009 to December 31, 2010.

Due to the nature of the NASA-ESA bilateral agreement, this solicitation applies only to scientists 
affiliated with U.S. institutions; others are urged to contact ESA directly. U.S. scientists may propose 
either as Principal Investigators or as Co-Investigators on foreign P.I. proposals.  The due date for 
proposals is July 3, 2009.  The AO may be accessed directly from ESA at the following URL:


NASA has instituted an INTEGRAL Guest Observer Facility (GOF) at the Goddard Space Flight Center 
(GSFC) as a support center for INTEGRAL 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, is also available via links to the 
INTEGRAL home page at that address. (Questions concerning U.S. participation in the INTEGRAL 
AO-7 program should be addressed to steven.j.sturner@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 during September 2009. 

We anticipate that NASA will make funding available for a Guest Observer (GO) program to support the 
analysis, interpretation, and publication of data obtained by U.S. proposers granted INTEGRAL data 
rights through the ESA AO, but such funding will be contingent upon approval by NASA HQ. Details 
regarding the timing and mechanism of any solicitation for funding requests will be announced at a later 
date; please do not submit a budget with your observing proposal.

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

Technical Information:
				Dr. Steven Sturner
				NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
				Code 661
				Greenbelt, MD  20771
				Tel:  (301) 286-8447
				Fax:  (301) 286-1684

Programmatic Information:
				Dr. Wilton T. Sanders
				NASA INTEGRAL Program Scientist
				Astrophysics Division
				Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
				Tel:  (202) 358-1319
A service of the High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center (HEASARC)

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