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Guaranteed Observing Time for Instrument Builders



The following rules were agreed by the ING Board at its meeting of May 2000 in Leiden:

1. The key objectives for offering guaranteed observing time are (a) to provide an incentive for groups to take on developing new instruments, (b) to provide fast exploitation and science verification of the new facility, and (c) to provide a reward for the effort invested as an incentive to attract young scientist into the field of astronomical instrumentation.

2. This proposal for guaranteed observing time only considers common-user facility instruments, where the observatory assumes overall responsibility for the instrument after commissioning and formal acceptance, and the instrument is made available to all observers in the UK and NL communities. Visiting instruments and instruments that are only made available to the wider user community for a fixed, short period are discounted from this scheme, as are minor enhancements to existing instruments.

3. The following points present the ground rules for guaranteed observing time for instrument building teams:

4. Internally funded projects use funds earmarked as part of the ING development programme and are formally managed under the control of the Director ING and the ING Board. All other projects are considered externally funded, although the funds could emanate from the funding agencies.

5. Any request for guaranteed observing time falling outside the scope of these guidelines would have to be put forward to the Director and approved by the ING Board.


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