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GSFC XMM-Newton GOF Status Report #344: XMM-Newton AO-18 Call for Proposals


    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
    18th cycle (AO-18) 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 May 2019.  Due to the nature of the NASA-ESA bilateral agreement,
    only proposals from scientists affiliated with U.S. institutions 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 either U.S. or non-U.S. (foreign
    PI proposals) PIs.  The AO may be accessed directly from ESA at the
    following address:


    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, is 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@bigbang.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 late December 2018.

    Pending the outcome of the 2019 Senior Review of Operating Missions and
    based on the outcome of the previous 2016 Senior Review, NASA
    currently expects to allocate approximately $2.5 M  in Fiscal Year 2020
    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 under
    AO-18. This level is comparable to the amount available for the support
    of US GOs for AO-17.  In light of the existing budgetary constraints, it is
    anticipated that only US PIs with Category "A" or "B" proposals will
    be invited to apply for support from the US XMM-Newton GO program for
    AO-18. Pending the results of the ESA selection of
    observing proposals submitted to AO-18, NASA will issue an update to
    this DCL to inform US proposers of any changes to the above.

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

    Technical Information:           Dr. Kim Weaver
                                      Goddard Space Flight Center
                                      Code 662
                                      Greenbelt, MD  20771
                                      Tel:  (301) 286-4256

    Programmatic Information:        Dr. Stefan Immler
                                      Astrophysics Division
                                      300 E Street SW
                                      Washington, DC 20546
                                      Tel: 202-358-0615


    Dr. Stefan Immler
    U.S. XMM-Newton Program Scientist
A service of the XMM-Newton GOF, NASA/GSFC

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