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Application periodDeadline
Semester A: 1st February to 31st July15th September (at 24:00 UT)
Semester B: 1st August to 31st January15th March (at 24:00h UT)

How to submit

Step 1: Download and test

The PATT2 form template, the style files and an example form are available for download here:

PATT2_Pack.tar.gz (latest version is 03/2018)

Save and unpack:

tar zxvf PATT2_Pack.tar.gz

The tar file contains eight files:


style files


Change to the directory where the unpacked files are and test:

latex patt2_example.tex
dvips -o patt2_example.dvi
You can then compare the compiled file with the provided

Additionally to the Latex source and figures, you can optionally submit the PDF version of your proposal, which can be generated using ps2pdf. In the example case:

ps2pdf -sPAPERSIZE=a4 patt2_example_new.pdf
The provided patt2_example.pdf can then be compared with the generated patt2_example_new.pdf. If you are familiar with pdflatex, then you can add a latex package like epstopdf to \documentstyle to convert EPS figures to PDF and run:
pdflatex patt2_example.tex

Step 2: Edit

To create your own proposal enter the proposal details between the keyword s brackets {} in the template, patt2_blank.tex. Refer to the example form if you are unsure of any details. Compile your proposal as in the example provided above.

Font sizes should not be reduced from the style-file defaults, and likewise the typeface must not be changed (bold typeface is acceptable). Proposals written in a smaller font or different typeface will not be accepted.

The PATT2 style-file, patt2.sty, and if used, the PostScript style-files psfig.sty and epsf.sty, should not be edited; applications are processed at ING with the original versions of the style-files. Remember to keep the style-files and any figures in the same directory where you keep your Latex source file when compiling. Alternatively, if you are familiar with the graphicx package, then you can use it to embed Postscript figures. First add graphicx to \documentstyle and include graphics using \includegraphics. See the graphicx wiki page or package documentation for more information.

Figures larger than 5 Mb (uncompressed size) in total should not be submitted. If you are unable to provide figures within this limit, you may include a URL in your proposal pointing to such figures, so that they can be viewed by referees and assessors (colour diagrams and/or images may also be referenced by URL).

Step 3: Submit

Email the Latex source file and accompanying figures:


Subject: "WHT/INT Proposal" [select telescope]

Latex source
PostScript figures [if any]
PDF compiled proposal [optional and recommended]

Please do not attach a tar file, or include the Latex source file in the body of the message. On submitting your proposal, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement, and later on, a confirmation that it has been processed. Contact if you don't receive the acknowledgement and confirmation messages in a few days.


The web page applying for telescope time provides general information on how to apply for time on the ING telescopes.

The instrumentation available on the WHT and INT is summarised on the ING instrumentation overview page. Applicants planning to submit a proposal based on a new (to ING) visitor instrument should follow the procedure for new visitor instruments.

For standard proposals the science case should not exceed one page. Text which exceeds this limit will not be read by the panel, and this may adversely affect the grade awarded to your proposal. Proposals to the WHT or INT which are coordinated with other non-ING telescopes, may use a two-page scientific justification.

For eight or more nights on the WHT the PATT2 application form allows a two-page scientific justification. Proposals to the WHT or INT which are long-term, that is which request an allocation (not necessarily eight or more nights) over more than one semester, may use a two-page scientific justification. Observing programmes of less than one night are not accepted on either the WHT or the INT unless agreed in advance by the Director of ING or the Head of Astronomy. For such programmes, please consider applying for service observations.

Applications for override programmes should be submitted to the PATT in the same way as proposals for scheduled time, and will be judged and ranked by the PATT head-to-head with such proposals.

As part of the assessment process, each proposal is assigned to a referee external to the time allocation panel for evaluation. If you have submitted a proposal to the panel in the current or in a recent semester, you may be asked to undertake such a role.

Scientific feedback will be sent to PIs by the Swindon PATT office a few weeks after the Time Allocation Panel has met.

The UK PATT will accept proposals from a PI employed or studying in countries other than UK. Such international proposals may be assessed by UK PATT, or at its discretion may be passed to an international TAC comprising members of the national TACs, or to the correct national TAC, if the PI is based in a partner country.

Late submissions are not accepted.

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Last modified: 02 April 2018