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UCO LMAP Policies and Procedures


LMAPs represent the largest commitments of UC Keck time to individual projects,
and the goal of these proposed policies is to help ensure that the LMAP projects are maximally successful once approved by the TAC.

1. If a new LMAP proposal includes components that are relevant to both the Galactic and Extragalactic TAC panels, it should be evaluated by both panels, and the TAC Chairs and Director should jointly discuss the outcome to decide on the final grade taking into account the grades and comments from both panels.

2. When an active LMAP proposal is resubmitted for continued observations, the following additional guidelines apply for the proposal content:

  • For completeness and for the benefit of new TAC members, the scientific justification and technical sections of the proposal should include the version originally submitted for the initial LMAP proposal, edited or appended with new information as needed. The same page limits apply as for the original LMAP proposal.
  • Additionally, LMAP continuation proposals should include a summary of progress to date and a list of publications based on nights already allocated to the program. The page limit for this progress report is two pages (including figures or references as appropriate). This two-page progress report does not count toward the 20 page limit for the main LMAP proposal. The progress report should be appended at the start of the proposal, before the scientific justification.

3*. In the LMAP guidelines, item #7 should be changed as follows:

It is expected that all or most of an LMAP PI or Co-I's Keck observing time requests will be devoted to the LMAP, during semesters when the LMAP observations are being done. However, occasional proposals for relatively small projects on clearly distinct subjects may also be submitted.

4*. In the LMAP guidelines, item #2 should be changed as follows:

A clear and well-justified statement of the total number of nights needed must be included. Additionally, the proposal should explain and justify the total duration (in years or semesters) over which these requested nights are distributed.

5*. The LMAP guidelines should include the following statement, and the LMAP web site should be updated as described below with LMAP program information.

The UCO LMAP web site will include a list of currently active LMAP programs, including project title, PI and Co-I names and campus affiliations, and duration (starting and ending years), and abstracts (as entered in the WMKO proposal cover sheet).

6. In order to help LMAP PIs and Co-Is obtain funding to support their programs, the UCO Director will, upon request, provide a letter that can be submitted as a supplementary document in NSF or other funding proposals. The letter's content may include (a) confirmation that the referenced project has indeed been approved as an LMAP by the UC Keck TAC, noting the names of the PI and Co-Is of the project, (b) a description of the anticipated duration and total number of nights allocated to the project, (c) a note that LMAP status represents a projected future allocation
of nights which is contingent upon continued successful progress over the course of the project, and is not an absolute guarantee of future telescope time. Following NSF guidelines, the letter should not include any endorsement or praise regarding the quality of the program; it should simply contain factual statements confirming the program's LMAP status and amount of observing time that has been allocated to it.