Following the Agreement between IAC and NOTSA for the continued operation of the Nordic Optical Telescope, 5% of the observing time at NOT will be offered for joint IAC-Nordic research programs: this will be known as the IAC-Nordic Observing Time. This observing time is aimed at reinforcing the collaboration and synergies between the IAC and the Nordic communities through joint programmes. This time will consist of 7 or 8 nights per semester. IAC-Nordic will be offered twice per year through special calls for proposals (typically a few weeks after the standard call for proposals). Different types of programs can be presented – full or half nights, long term observations – but those proposals looking for strong scientific impact by means of collaboration and synergies between both communities during long periods will be more valuated. The observations will be in visitor mode. Owing to the special nature of the observing time, the conditions for its use differ from those of normal TAC time. Some of the features of IACNordic are listed below:
- Any IAC and Nordic research group may apply for this kind of observing time provided that they carry out a joint research and at least one member from each community appears as co-investigator on the proposal. If there are more than four people on the proposal there must be at least two from each community.
- Proposals must be presented before the deadline announced in the corresponding call for proposals.
- Proposals shall be made in a format similar to that of normal CAT proposals (see instructions below).
Proposals will be evaluated by a joint CAT-Nordic committee.
This observing time must be requested through the IAC’s CAT application tool: http://cat.iac.es. Once inside the CAT system, the IAC-Nordic observing time must be selected, as shown here:
Any publications originating from this kind of observing time shall include an acknowledgement along the following lines: “Based on observations made with the Nordic Optical Telescope operated on the island of La Palma by NOTSA in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias under the joint IACNordic Observing Time programme”.