CSA Financial Support for JWST ERS (Early Release Science) and Cycle 1  Call for Proposals

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) wishes to convey certain details to  future users of Canadian observation programs  (https://asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/satellites/jwst/programs.asp) with the  James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

•    The CSA intends to fund the ERS and Cycle 1 projects of the JWST mission.
•    As a result of the CSA’s contribution to the mission, Canadian astronomers should receive at least five percent of available open  observation time in addition to the 450 hours of Guaranteed Observation Time (GTO) to the Canadian science team of JWST.
•    The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) recently published a  call for proposals for JWST Cycle 1 (see https://jwst-docs.stsci.edu/jwst-opportunities-and-policies/jwst-call-for-proposals-for-cycle-1)
•    Reminder: The deadline to submit a proposal to STScI for Cycle 1 is  November 24, 2020.
•    Canadian astronomers are encouraged to submit proposals in response  to this open invitation to the international astronomical community. A  total budget of approximately $ 780,000 (in Canadian dollars) will be  allocated to fund successful Canadian astronomers in the ERS and Cycle  1 competitions.
•    Selected proposals from Canadian Principal Investigators (PCs),  Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PCs) and Co-Investigators (Co-Cs) will  be eligible for funding. Priority will be given to PI, Co-PI and Co-I  General Observer (GO) programs over Archival Research (AR) programs in  the distribution of funds.
•    Announcement of NASA-selected proposals will take place in spring  2021. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a grant  application to the CSA for their project.
•    Grant applications will be evaluated according to the evaluation  criteria of the research component of the CSA grants and contributions program  (https://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/funding-programs/grants-and-contributions-snapshot.asp).

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