The International Scientific Committee (CCI) of the Roque de los
Muchachos (ORM, La Palma) and Teide (OT, Tenerife) Observatories
invites applications for International Time Programmes (ITP) on
telescopes installed at these Observatories. The ITP offers up to
5% of the observing time on all the telescopes at the Canarian
Observatories, evenly spread throughout the year and lunar phase. 
An ITP proposal can request observing time over a period of up to 
two years. Full details of the scheme for the night-time telescopes, 
and how to submit an application using the specific proposal form, 
can be found at

and an overview of the instrumentation offered on the ING telescopes
is available at

The closing date for submission of proposals to the 2005 ITP is Feb.
28, for projects which may start during the fall of the same year.

The aim of the ITP is to encourage large-scale international scientific
projects of the highest quality, which cannot easily be accommodated
within other time allocation schemes. Proposals should be international
in their range of participants, and are expected to involve astronomers
from at least two of the European countries that have signed the
Agreements for Cooperation in Astrophysics. They can include astronomers
from scientific institutions in any of the countries associated with the
EC’s Framework Programmes and may entitle them to reimbursement of
travel and accommodation costs related to their participation in the
observing programme. Moreover, such proposals can include astronomers
from scientific institutions from any other country in the world, but
this does not entail the right to reimbursement of their expenses.

The observing programmes should concentrate on a single large-scale
astronomical investigation. Proposals that would benefit from the use of
more than one facility, and which would be unlikely to obtain the
necessary observing time through the usual time allocation panels
because of the scale of the project, or because of the difficulty to
coordinate several telescopes, are especially encouraged. However,
collaborative international projects that require the use of a single
facility are also welcome.